Reading has been proven to improve one's analytical skills, memory, focus, and concentration. Books are also a great way to increase our knowledge on a countless number of topics. Our Recommended Reading List provides players, parents and coaches with books that will add value to your coaching and/or playing skills. With each recommendation, we explain why you'll find value in these reads. We work hard to train physically. Now it's time to work on the mental part of the game!

Molina

Molina

by Bengie Molina with Joan Ryan

Every family should own this book. Bengie Molina does a remarkable job honoring his father, and his family, in this well-written and easy to read book. This book is ideal for parents, coaches and players. You don't need to have the state-of-the-art equipment; or access to the nicest facilities. You need to have a drive and a desire to learn the game. But, what helps a player find that drive is a coach that truly cares for you. And fortunately for the Molina brothers, that coach was also their father.

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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

by Carol S. Dweck

Dweck's 'Mindset' is the perfect read for players, coaches or parents that are looking to gain an understanding of how the mind works when it comes to achieving success. When finished with this book, you may think twice before you praise a player for their talent.

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The Talent Code

The Talent Code

by Daniel Coyle

Coyle conducted extensive research into the secret of talent by journeying to various 'talent hot-beds' throughout the world, including baseball players in Curacao. You may want to adjust how you train (players) or how you train your players (coaches/parents) after reading this one.

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The Matheny Manifesto

The Matheny Manifesto

by Mike Matheny

This is a must-read for every parent and coach. In fact, it should be required reading. This book illustrates just how powerful the game of baseball can be for the personal development of of our youth.

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Grit

Grit

by Angela Duckworth

A powerful read for players, coaches and parents. As a coach, after reading Grit, you may want to re-think how you select your team. Duckworth's research concludes that Grit may be the best judge of predicting one's success.

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The Obstacle is the Way

The Obstacle is the Way

by Ryan Holiday

Ideal for players, The Obstacle is the Way emphasizes that obstacles aren't meant to derail us. Rather, they are there to make us stronger. All players will experience obstacles in their careers. After reading The Obstacle is the Way, you'll never want to avoid another obstacle.

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Marc's Mission: Way of the Warrior Kid

Marc's Mission: Way of the Warrior Kid

by Jocko Willink

Simply put, this book should be on every Summer Reading List for Middle Schools, and possibly even High Schools. The second installment in Jocko Willink's Way of the Warrior Kid series, readers are taken through a series of life lessons. This book is not simply recommended for players; but for Coaches and Parents. We can all learn from the lessons taught throughout this book; from keeping our composure, to learning to stick up for others, taking greater responsibility in resolving issues, and being a valued leader. The list doesn't end. You'll fly through this book; not because it's an easy read, but because you don't want to stop reading it!

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Tools of Titans

Tools of Titans

by Tim Ferriss

If you are looking for an encyclopedia of mentors, this is your book! Ferriss' ingenious idea of collecting "the tactics, routines, and habits of billionaires, icons, and world-class performers" makes this one book that you simply must keep close by for future reference. It literally has something for everyone. Players, coaches and parents can't go wrong with this one. Whether you're looking for some guidance on how to deal with a specific area of your life; or need a dose of inspiration to help get you through a tough time, this book has it all.

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The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance

The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance

by George Mumford

Credited with enhancing performance for athletes like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, Mumford shares the mindfulness techniques that can enhance an athletes performance in any sport. Mumford discovered mindfulness in his own quest to overcome drug addiction. A great read for anyone looking to tap into their inner self in order to improve their focus and awareness.

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Extreme Ownership

Extreme Ownership

by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Written by two former Navy SEALS, Extreme Ownership is a great read for those that strive to be great leaders. Willnik and Babin detail the qualities that make leaders successful.

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The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

by Daniel Coyle

Coyle's latest provides an in-depth analysis on what makes great teams. As he did in The Talent Code, Coyle researched highly successful groups/teams to see what makes them truly successful. His analysis on the Navy SEALS, the San Antonio Spurs, a group of Jewelry thieves (and others) provides tremendous insight on how one can build and sustain a great winning culture. As he did with The Talent Code, Coyle lays out specifics that Coaches, Parents and Players can use as a guide to create the environment they seek for their teams.

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Mastery

Mastery

by Robert Greene

Greene's Mastery helps dispel the myth that individuals are born with a 'gift'; or that talent/success comes easy and without much effort. In Mastery, Greene details how these individuals found their success through a sustained effort over a long period of time. Coaches and players can benefit from this book as it can help them understand how success is truly achieved.

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What Spins the Wheel: Leadership Lessons From Our Race for Hope

What Spins the Wheel: Leadership Lessons From Our Race for Hope

by Len Forkas

A remarkable story about a man and his quest to bring attention, and fundraising, to battle leukemia. The book chronicles Len's pursuit of finishing a grueling 3,000 mile bike ride across America in 12 days. It's a tremendous story on the importance of teamwork , grit and perseverance.

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