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If youve been waiting for a book on youth, interscholastic and intercollegiate sport that honors and addresses the need for cooperation among student-athletes, parents and coaches, and that embraces physiology, philosophy, and ongoing developmentwith a focus on whats best for the student-athlete, welcome home.
The 2013 editions of The Quality of Effort and The Quality of Effort Workbook invite student-athletes, parents and coaches to observe and explore their unique and necessary roles in bringing about a healthy athletic experience. Reggie Marra writes through the soul of a poet-athlete-teacher-caregiver, and kid who got cut from the team he later went on to coach.
He takes us by the hand and challenges us to inquire into our own values, behaviors, and relationships. If were willing to take up the challenge, this inquiry helps us see ourselves and all those heroes and villains out there from increasingly comprehensive and balanced perspectives.
Preaching only what he practices, in The Quality of Effort, Reggie Marra authentically engages each of us to become increasingly more aware of our storiesthe interpretations we choose, and how they affect, and even effect, what we do next as parents, coaches, student-athletes and human beings.
As a former college athlete and longtime leader of high-performance military units, I recommend Reggie Marras work with unbridled enthusiasm. Following this comprehensive approach to training will not only produce better athletes, but also happier and healthier citizens as our youth grow and take their place in the world. -Fred Krawchuk, Retired U.S. Special Forces Colonel and RAND Consultant
.Reggie Marra offers a blueprint that encourages our children to become not only better athletes but better people. He delivers a powerful message filled with humanity and honest answers to questions that we sometimes think but may not want to ask. - Anthony Perrone, VP, Challenger Division, Cortland American Little League
The Quality of Effort has helped me reinterpret my career as a professional athleteproviding both relief and direction.Reggie Marra offers a map to tomorrows competitive edge, a map that requires effortnot necessarily in doing more drills or pushups, but in taking responsibility for all aspects of your approach to life. - Ryan Leech, Professional Mountain Biker (Retired) and Professional Integral Coach | http://ryanleech.com
.Sports can and does play an instrumental role in the healthy unfolding of a human life. If we take advantage of Reggies frame of understandinghighlighting the role of effort, in relationship to talent and results, as an equally important consideration in our definition of successwe have a grand opportunity from which we can chart a significantly improved learning and developmental pathway for generations of student-athletes to come. - Cherie Beck, Cultural Technologist | http://about.me/CherlynnGrace
The Quality of Effort is a profound embrace of Emersons reminder that Life is a journey, not a destination. The book is an incredibly personal gift from Reggie to the reader, written through and with his bountiful, open heart. - Tom Rubens, Founder, The Accountability Factor | http://theaccountabilityfactor.com
The Quality of Effort is an incredibly insightful guide for how to bring integrity and passion into sport as well as into life. Mr. Marra takes a truly integrated approach to the role of sport in life and along the way lays out what is necessary to get the most out of being an athleteat any level. An added bonus here is that he is a brilliant and witty storyteller who clearly speaks from the heart. - Michael Sallustio, Parent, Nutritional Consultant and Personal Trainer | http://annapolis-nutrition-fitness.com/