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Brooke de Lench

Brooke de Lench, author of HOME TEAM ADVANTAGE: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports (HarperCollins) is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of MomsTeam.com: The Trusted Source for Sports Parents which provides information on a wide array of youth sports topics from health, safety and nutrition to the psychology of parenting a young athlete, to ways in which parents can make youth sports less focused on winning games and more about having fun, skill development and inclusion, the rules and buying information for more than 82 sports.

Brooke is an International Institute of Sports Ethics Fellow, and is on the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Preventive Sports Medicine and for the Matthew Colby Head Injury Foundation. She also established and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Teams of Angels, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to reducing catastrophic injury in youth sports.

Brooke writes a monthly syndicated newspaper column, OUR KIDS, THEIR SPORTS. Her feature articles have appeared in parenting papers across the country. She is a sought-after lecturer on a wide range of youth sport parenting topics. She is also a featured speaker in the Harper Collins Speakers Bureau.

Brooke has been featured on major TV networks -- ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox -- and contributes to The Today Show and three documentaries on youth sports, which aired on ESPN, HBO and A&E respectively. She has consulted for HBO Real Sports and ESPN youth sports related shows. She is quoted frequently in the print press, including Time, Reader's Digest, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post and her opinion pieces have appeared on the op-ed pages of major newspapers nationwide, including The Washington Post and Long Island Newsday. A former high school and college athlete and ranked squash player, Brooke is the mother and past coach of three sons. She lives in the Boston area.

Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060881634
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 5th, 2006

Over the past decade, the stakes in youth
sports have reached startling heights; the pressure to win often
eclipses the desire to have fun. Sports injuries have increased
tenfold; aggression on and off the field between kids,
parents, and coaches is at a fever pitch; and drug and alcohol
use among young athletes is on the rise. While there are plenty of
books that help the best-intentioned parent, most of them are written
by men, for men. They do not address concerns specific to mothers, nor
empower them to confidently step onto the out-of-control playground to
assume whatever role they choose - spectator, advocate,
administrator, coach, fund-raiser, or team mom.

Home Team Advantage is an essential resource manual that
will inspire women to confidently tackle some of the issues preventing
their kids from enjoying sports. Brooke de Lench authoritatively covers
issues ranging from ensuring playing time and confronting
out-of-control coaches to countering the "winning at all costs"
mentality. Packed with real-life anecdotes and information from
experts, Home Team Advantage provides constructive, practical,
and forward-thinking advice to help mothers understand the critical
role they can play in putting the words fun, game, and play back into
youth sports.