The Other Classroom: The Essential Importance Of High School Athletics by Michael J. CoffinoThe Other Classroom: The Essential Importance Of High School Athletics by Michael J. Coffino

The Other Classroom: The Essential Importance Of High School Athletics

byMichael J. Coffino

Hardcover | September 4, 2018

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High school sports programs are not simply one-dimensional after-school recreational diversions from the rigors of academic life. In The Other Classroom: The Essential Importance of High School Athletics, Michael J. Coffino showcases how high school athletics have a positive influence on the student athletes beyond just the sports experience itself. He argues that the lessons learned, tools acquired, and values instilled have an enduring impact that prepare young athletes for the many challenges they will face in life. Coffino reveals how a well-considered, value-based athletic program effectively works alongside the standard educational curriculum to teach athletes a wide range of beneficial behaviors-including self-advocacy, goal-setting, leadership, conflict resolution, and more.Drawing on extensive research, illuminating anecdotes, heartfelt commentary from original interviews, and Coffino's personal coaching experience, The Other Classroom issues a passionate challenge to school administrators, coaches, athletic directors, parents, and local communities to bring greater focus on how their high school programs consider the long-term well-being of student athletes. It urges schools to emphasize the importance of preparing student athletes to flourish as adults in whatever they pursue once their formal education is complete.
Michael J. Coffino was a basketball coach for twenty-four years. He coached primarily at the high school level at public and private schools and won six league titles in his time as a head coach. Coffino has also assisted professional basketball teams. He is the co-author of the book Play It Forward (2016) and author of Odds-On Basketb...
Title:The Other Classroom: The Essential Importance Of High School AthleticsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:216 pages, 9.42 × 6.17 × 0.91 inShipping dimensions:9.42 × 6.17 × 0.91 inPublished:September 4, 2018Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1538108062

ISBN - 13:9781538108062


Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsPreface Introduction1: Criticism of High School Athletics2: Self-Advocacy3: Leveraging Mistakes and Failure4: Goal Setting5: Conquering the Comfort Zone6: The Power of Team7: Leadership8: Citizenship and Community9: Self-Esteem and Confidence10: Pursuit of Consistency in Excellence11: The Power of Limits12: Effective Communication13: Decision-Making14: Hope and Belief: The Elixir of Athletic Competition15: Conflict Resolution16: Character17: Learning the Importance of Mentors and Role Models18: Health and Wellness19: The Positivity CultureConclusion (and a New Beginning)Appendix A: High School Athletics Mission Statement: An ExemplarAppendix B: Chapter HypotheticalsNotesSuggested ReadingIndexAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

If you ever doubted the significant impact of high school athletics on the lives of our youth, read The Other Classroom. Michael Coffino does a magnificent job showing how high school athletics teach the principles, values and skills we hold dear as a nation, yet so often shun in academic offerings, including empathy, citizenship, leadership, teamwork and willingness to take calculated risk, critical traits for anyone entering the job market and having a productive life. It is essential reading for athletic directors, coaches, school administrators, parents and employers.