Focus on the Family

Interview to air September 15-16, 2016


“DAVID KING and Margot Starbuck are nostalgic for the good ol’ days of youth sports. In Overplayed: A Parent’s Guide to Sanity in the World of Youth Sports, the authors first critique the current youth sports machine by reminiscing about an athletic utopia of the past: One where kids used water bottles for goal posts and flip-flops for bases. Back when parents weren’t paying up to $18,000 in hotel and trainer fees for elite travel teams. Back when kids loved sports.”

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World Magazine

“Sports are an opportunity to grow in Christlikeness, not a time for parents to scream and obsess over a child’s performance.”

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Today’s Christian Woman

“Without ever asking why, we are subjecting our kids to systems that we don’t fully understand and ones that may actually harm them. In the beginning we might register our children for sports with no higher expectations than that they’ll get a little exercise and have fun with friends. Then we might bump them up a league to help them get the kind of “skill development” that will help them succeed against more competitive players. Before we know it, we can’t remember the last weekend our family spent in the same city or one that cost us less than $400.”

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“Let’s Talk with Mark Elfstrand” Salem Radio Chicago

“I have three teenagers involved in sports… Dave had insights that helped me”

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“Given the choice between our kids playing youth sports and countless mindless hours of video games, sports feels like a big win for parents. But when parents and coaches are cursing out referees and our kids are missing church and family events every weekend to attend travel leagues, we have to wonder whether competitive youth sports are instilling the values we’d hoped they would.”

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Christianity Today Her.menutics Blog

Overplayed offers a number of excellent suggestions for how Christians can uphold their values while also making space for kids to enjoy athletics.Enjoy is the operative word here. Far too often, the competition, pressure, and no-holds-barred atmosphere transforms youth sports into a high-stakes endeavor rather than an occasion for kids to be kids.”

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American Family Radio Today’s Issues

Interview aired 4/18/2016