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Book Review

It’s All for the Kids: Gender, Families, and Youth Sports

Michael A. Messner
Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2009. References, illustrations. xix, 260 pp. $21.95 paper. ISBN: 9780520257108

by Emily Dane

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This detail-rich exploration into the organization and gendered trends of youthsport coaching in Southern California provides a timely discussion of issues critical to many communities. It's All for the Kids is not an exposé of problem parents or the benefits of sport participation. However, if you are a parent, coach, or advocate of youth sports, this book provides insights into the involvement patterns of coaches for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) and Little League Baseball/Softball (LLB/S). As a parent involved in South Pasadena youth sports, author Michael A. Messner combines personal observations with participant interviews, then adds elements of sociological and gender theory to provide an insider's perspective on how parents and coaches view their own and others' behavior.