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Millions of kids throughout the country participate in organized youth programs each year. It's an exciting world of colorful uniforms, post-game ice cream treats, and lots of smiling faces. It's also one in which you as a parent can make a positive difference in helping your youngster grow and make the most of this experience. The "Rules & Tools of the Game Series is here to lend a hand. Each of the five books in this series focuses on a different sport--baseball/softball, basketball, football, hockey, or soccer--and offers a wealth of useful advice to help your child: Set and meet goals for the season. Develop the necessary skills for enjoyment of the sport. Build confidence and self-esteem. Display proper behavior and good sportsmanship at all times. Strive always to do his or her best. Effectively deal with disappointments, conflicts, and other challenges. Respect coaches, teammates, and opposing players. Prevent injuries through safety measures. No matter what their age, children are going to remember this time forever. The "Rules & Tools of the Game Series is an invaluable resource to help them maximize the experience.