Not About the Bra
Cup Soccer champion Brandi Chastain has been disappointed by the
direction youth sports has taken. Too many stories of poor sportsmanship
and violence left Chastain wondering what she could do to help put
the fun back into youth sports. This book is part of her answer
to the rapidly growing problem.
has crafted this book to give youth, as well as their parents and
coaches some guidelines for being passionate about sports without
getting carried away. She outlines how to play aggressively without
being dangerous to other players. She also highlights that sports
are a team effort, and everyone has to rely on their fellow players
in order to be great.
writing style is very accessible, even to readers who may not be
literate in sports vocabulary. Her personal anecdotes and conversational
tone leave readers with the impression that they've just had a chat
with Chastain herself, rather than having read a book. She uses
relevant examples from her own experience to drive home her points,
and her arguments are logical. Chastain's passion and enthusiasm
for her game, as well as all sports, is very evident and is sure
to inspire her readers.
can come away from this book with a positive feeling about the role
of sports in everyday life and hope for the future of friendly youth
sports. Her anecdotes are easy to relate to and her zeal for a game
well played lends genuine credibility to the text. Her advice to
young players, as well as their mentors, is idealistic, yet attainable.
She challenges everyone to approach sports with fairness and a desire
to be their best. She stresses that personal achievement should
not be gained at the destruction of others.
Chastain has written an easy-to-read and inspiring manifesto for
how sports should be played. This is an interesting read for diehard
sports fans and occasional spectators alike.