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American youth sports are in crisis: Parents are fighting with referees, coaches, their kids, and one another. Micromanaged kids are losing their passion to play. In Let Them Play, sports psychologist and team consultant Dr. Jerry Lynch provides an antidote to parental overinvolvement. Combining psychological insight with spiritual principles from Taoism and Buddhism, Lynch lays out core principles to help parents achieve equanimity and provide healthy direction for their kids. He gives parents strategies and tools taken from his work with national champions to help kids to perform at higher levels, become better team players, and most important, have more fun. Filled with easy-to-implement advice, Let Them Play will empower your athletic child to be mentally strong for sports and life.
Sports psychologist Dr. Jerry Lynch has helped dozens of teams improve their performance, including men’s and women’s basketball, lacrosse, and soccer teams at North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, California, Syracuse, and Stanford. Recent clients include Olympic, NBA, and NCAA champions. Dr. Lynch is a well known and in-demand public speaker at leadership, coaching, athletic and corporate conventions, a national presenter of clinics and workshops for coaches, sports parents, and athletes in college and high school. Dr. Lynch has appeared on CBS, NBC, and PBS national television, in the New York Times, O Magazine, Sports Illustrated, the Baltimore Sun, Outside Magazine and on over 50 national radio broadcasts, podcasts and webinars. Dr. Lynch received his doctorate in psychology from Penn State University, and has done extensive post-doctoral work in the area of philosophy, Taoist and Buddhist thought, comparative religions, leadership development, and performance enhancement. He is the author of eleven books on coaching, leadership, spirituality of sport, warrior spirit, peak performance, and sports psychology.
Dr. Lynch is the founder and director of Way of Champions, a performance consulting group geared toward helping others master the inner game for peak performance in athletics and develop the essential spiritual qualities so necessary for the game of life. He maintains a private practice and an extensive sports psychology consultation service for athletes, coaches and sports parents around the world. He is the father of four high-energy, athletic children. He divides his time between his offices in Santa Cruz, California, and Boulder, Colorado, where he continues to train, run, bike, work and write in the spirit of what he teaches and coaches.