Wise principles for coaches and parents of young athletes

04 May

The Matheny ManifestoBook Review: The Matheny Manifesto: A young manager’s old-school views on success in sports and life, by Mike Matheny with Jerry B. Jenkins

Would that we had more coaches for youth sports like Mike Matheny!

Mike Matheny is a former Major League catcher and current manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. In his book, The Matheny Manifesto: A young manager’s old-school views on success in sports and life, he lays out his tough-love philosophy for not only sports, but for all of life. Much of his principles stem from a letter he wrote to parents in 2008 when he was asked to coach a youth baseball team. In the letter, he communicated his old school beliefs that authority should be respected, discipline and hard work rewarded, spiritual faith cultivated, family made a priority, and humility considered a virtue.

While some parents were initially taken aback, many bought into his approach and one team led to seven teams under his leadership. While his approach may not be politically correct or popular, you cannot argue with the results. The author employs the same principles in managing a Major League baseball team that he used in coaching youth leagues.

Throughout the book, the author weaves together stories from his childhood, playing career, and managing career. He explains that his philosophy is built on developing eight keys to success in the lives of his players, whether they be youth or adults. He tries to instill leadership, confidence, teamwork, faith, class, character, toughness, and humility.

The book is well written and entertaining to read. It should be required reading for anyone who desires to coach youth athletics and/or serve in a leadership capacity.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Books, Leadership, Sports


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