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Events for Tuesday October 4, 2016


Fall Craft Story Time

Fall Craft Story Time


Tuesday October 4, 2016
10:00 AM
Come listen to some stories and make a craft to take home. For ages 2-5. We will meet weekly through November 23rd. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library.


Friends Book Sale

Friends Book Sale


Tuesday October 4, 2016
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The book sale offers a large selection of paperback and hardcover books. All proceeds benefit the library.

Tuesdays at 10:00 AM starting July 03, 2018 until June 25, 2019


What Would Yogi Do?

What Would Yogi Do? Guidelines for Athletes, Coaches and Parents who Love Sports


Tuesday October 4, 2016
7:00 PM
Numerous books have been written about Yogi Berra's life and exploits on the field. John McCarthy’s book does not recount Yogi's great playing career but provides specific guidelines for athletes, coaches, and parents, which emanate from Yogi's core beliefs.

These beliefs grew out of a time when we weren't reading about showboating, pampered athletes, abusive, unethical coaches, and overzealous, over-indulgent parents - so that the benefits of amateur sports can be maximized.  We can't change today's culture––its pace too fast, its reach too global. However, we can and must change the culture of sports, at least on the amateur level. To do so will require cooperation among athletes, coaches, and parents.

McCarthy’s book, divided into three sections, is filled with specific suggestions for each part of the sports triumvirate to get us back on track. Athletes, coaches, and parents have been spoken to, or targeted in writing, as separate entities, but they should all have the same goal and be on the same page. Oddly enough, relationships among the three parties have become increasingly adversarial, so much so that many coaches, good ones, are walking away from the profession they once cherished. Playing time, once regarded as something to be earned, has come to be regarded as an entitlement, and the battle lines have been drawn.  External forces––the skyrocketing cost of a college education, the saturation of sports on TV, sports talk radio and internet blogs, and social media ––have eroded the once highly respected relationship between an athlete, his/her coach, and his/her parents. That distressed Yogi, and it distresses the author too.

Bio

Morristown resident John McCarthy is a former two-sport, first-team, non-public All-State athlete.  He was a multiple-award winning teacher at West Orange High School for 34 years.  He was Associate Head Coach for Men's Basketball at Montclair State in 1982, but also coached football, baseball and soccer on the high school level over a 25 year period.  Since 2005, he has been an adjunct professor at Montclair State, teaching '' Coaching Principles and Problems'', ''Sports Psychology'', and "Social Problems in Sports''.  In 2006, he co-founded ''The Institute for Coaching'' and has given hundreds of talks across the metropolitan area to captains, coaches, and parents.

He's written numerous articles and op-eds on sports parenting and player-centric coaching and recently published his first book, What Would Yogi Do? Guidelines for Athletes, Coaches and Parents.  He was the 2014 recipient of ''The Distinguished American Award'' by the Morris County Chapter of The National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.  Additionally, he has been the keynote speaker for the NJ State Association of Athletic Directors at their annual convention in Atlantic City four times.

 


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