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The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown Cover Art

The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

The #1  New York Times –bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the PBS documentary “The Boys of ‘36” For readers of  Unbroken , out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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2017 NFHS Baseball Rules Book - NFHS Cover Art

2017 NFHS Baseball Rules Book

2017 NFHS Baseball Rules Book by NFHS

Contains the official rules for baseball, and are designed to explain all aspects of the game.

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Hornady 10th Edition Handbook of Cartridge Reloading - Hornady Manufacturing Company & Neal Emery Cover Art

Hornady 10th Edition Handbook of Cartridge Reloading

Hornady 10th Edition Handbook of Cartridge Reloading by Hornady Manufacturing Company & Neal Emery

New bullets, new powders, new cartridges and more! The 10th Edition Hornady® Handbook of Cartridge Reloading features over 1,000 pages of reloading data, techniques and bullet information. From 17 caliber varmint cartridges to large dangerous game loads, the hand loader has access to over 200 different calibers featuring a variety of loads for the full line of Hornady® bullets. The 10th Edition also features an impressive lineup of new and expanded data. New powders include: Power Pro 2000 MR, IMR 4451 and 7977, CFE Pistol, BE-86, Reloader 23, 26, 33 and 50, Accurate LT-30 and 32, and some offerings from Shooters World. Popular established powders like Reloader 17, Superformance,® and LeverEvolution® have also been expanded to more cartridges. The latest Hornady® bullets, such as the ELD-X® and ELD® Match line, have been incorporated into the data. Plus, we’ve added more GMX®, SST® and FTX® offerings. New cartridges include the 280 Ackley Improved, 7x64 Brenneke and the 338 Federal. Well over 1,300 load combinations were shot to update and expand the reloading pages in this edition. Like previous editions, the handbook offers explanations of internal, external and terminal ballistics. We have also highlighted some of our online tools including the Hornady® Standard Ballistic Calculator (ballistic coefficient based) and the patent pending 4DOF™ Ballistic Calculator (drag coefficient based). Whether you’re a novice or seasoned hand loader, these resources provide everything needed to successfully reload your favorite cartridges. Please be sure to check www.hornady.com/errata for corrections to the load data.

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Skateboarding Made Simple Vol. 1 - Aaron Kyro Cover Art

Skateboarding Made Simple Vol. 1

Skateboarding Made Simple Vol. 1 Master the Basics of Skateboarding by Aaron Kyro

Professional skateboarder Aaron Kyro breaks down the basics of skateboarding in this easy to follow book with clear video descriptions.  The most detailed how-to skateboard video ever made is now in book form!  All 50 minutes of the full "Skateboarding Made Simple Vol. 1" video tutorial are included.  The tricks are broken down into chapters and the step-by-step process for each trick is clearly laid out for you to follow.  In this book you will learn the basics of riding your skateboard as well as how to Ollie, Frontside 180, Backside 180, Pop Shove-it, Frontside Pop Shove-it, Heelflip and Kickflip.  Follow the steps in this book and progress super fast in your skateboarding now! 

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2017 NFHS Softball Rules Book - NFHS Cover Art

2017 NFHS Softball Rules Book

2017 NFHS Softball Rules Book by NFHS

Contains the official rules for softball, and are designed to explain all aspects of the game.

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2017 Little League® Baseball Official Regulations Playing Rules, and Operating Policies: Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies For All Divisions Of Play - Little League International Cover Art

2017 Little League® Baseball Official Regulations Playing Rules, and Operating Policies: Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies For All Divisions Of Play by Little League International

The 2017 official Little League® Softball Rulebook includes:  - Official Regulations  - Field Diagrams  - Playing Rules - Tournament Rules and Guidelines  - Operating Policies 

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Belichick and Brady - Michael Holley Cover Art

Belichick and Brady

Belichick and Brady Two Men, the Patriots, and How They Revolutionized Football by Michael Holley

New York Times bestselling sportswriter Michael Holley takes readers behind the scenes of the relationship that transformed the Patriots from a middling franchise to the envy of the NFL. No head coach-quarterback pair has been more successful in NFL history than Bill Belichick and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. They have won four Super Bowls, six AFC championships, and thirteen division titles. And now Holley takes us inside their relationship, dissecting how these men and their team came to dominate football. Belichick, a genius as a defensive coordinator, had been a five-year flop as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Upon his controversial arrival in Foxboro, though, he quickly began to remake the team at every level--scouts, coaches, and players. His bold, calculated approach had fans up in arms, sportswriters questioning his intelligence, and players wondering how long they would last on the team. Meanwhile, buried down in the 2000 NFL draft, the 199th overall pick was a skinny kid from the University of Michigan named Tom Brady who many scouts thought would never succeed at a professional level. The lowest of the four quarterbacks on the team's depth chart, he appeard to be just one of the guys. Like Belichick, though, he lived for football, and he knew the playbook as well as Drew Bledsoe, the franchise quarterback. And when Bledsoe was injured in 2001, Brady took the job and vowed to never give it back. The handsome Brady became a star, wearing hand-tailored suits, appearing in movies and on magazine covers, and marrying a supermodel. Belichick, with his trademark cut-off hoodies, was the opposite of a fashion plate. Together, the odd couple somehow rose above controversies and tragedies. Draft picks were lost, suspensions given, lawsuits filed. As their legends have grown, so have their critics, with some of those critics operating from NFL headquarters. Despite that, with Belichick's deft and brilliant strategy in the draft year in year out and Brady's exacting decision-making on the field, the Patriots cultivated an atmosphere of success and won a stunning 75 percent of their games together. Respected and reviled, Belichick and Brady have set the bar high for excellence in a league designed for parity. They have rarely been understood. Until now. Based on dozens of interviews with former and current players, coaches, and executives, Belichick and Brady is an eye-opening look at the minds, motives, and wild ambitions of two men who have left an indelible mark on the game of football.

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Bigger Leaner Stronger - Michael Matthews Cover Art

Bigger Leaner Stronger

Bigger Leaner Stronger The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body by Michael Matthews

THE #1 BESTSELLING NATURAL BODYBUILDING BOOK WITH OVER 200,000 COPIES SOLD If you want to build muscle, lose fat, and look great as quickly as possible without steroids, good genetics, or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym and money on supplements...then you want to read this book. Here's the deal: Building muscle and burning fat isn't nearly as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe.  • You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars per month on the worthless workout supplements that steroid-fueled bodybuilders “swear by.” •You don't need to constantly change up your weightlifting exercises to build muscle mass. Muscle building is much simpler than that. •You don't need to spend a couple of hours every day doing tons of weight training sets, supersets, drop sets, etc. In fact, this is a great way to get nowhere. •You don't need to grind out hours of boring cardio to shed ugly belly fat and get a six-pack. You probably don’t have to do ANY cardio, actually. •You don't need "clean eating" to get ripped and you don't need to avoid "cheat" foods. Flexible dieting is the real “secret” of effective bodybuilding nutrition. Those are just a few of the harmful myths that keep guys like you from ever achieving the ripped, muscular, strong, and healthy bodies you truly desire. And in this book you're going to learn something most people will never know... The exact muscle building nutrition and training methods that make putting on 10 to 15 pounds of quality lean mass a breeze...and it only takes a few months. This book reveals things like... • The 7 biggest muscle building mistakes that keep guys small, weak, and frustrated. • How to lose fat and build muscle eating all the foods you love...without ever feeling starved, deprived, or like you're "on a diet." • An all-in-one bodybuilding routine that will give you a big, full chest…a wide, tapered back…bulging arms…and thick, powerful legs...in just 3 to 6 hours of exercise per week...doing weight training workouts that you actually look forward to. • A no-BS guide to bodybuilding supplements that will save you from wasting THOUSANDS of dollars each year on bunk science and marketing hype. • How to master the "inner game" of fitness and develop the self-discipline you need to build the body of your dreams. If you like bodybuilding motivation, this is for you! •What to eat before and after your workouts to build muscle fast. It’s the “little” things like this that make bodybuilding diet plans maximally effective. • How to burn fat and build lean muscle while still indulging in the "cheat" foods that you love every week like pasta, pizza, and ice cream. •And a whole lot more! Imagine...just 12 weeks from now...being constantly complimented on how great you look and asked how the heck you’re doing it... Imagine enjoying the added benefits of high energy levels, no aches and pains, better spirits, and knowing that you're getting healthier every day... The bottom line is you CAN achieve that "Hollywood hunk" body without having your life revolve around it. SPECIAL BONUS FOR READERS! With this fitness book you'll also get a 98-page bonus report that contains a year's worth of Bigger Leaner Stronger bodybuilding workouts as well as Mike’s personal product and supplement recommendations and more!

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The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding - Arnold Schwarzenegger & Bill Dobbins Cover Art

The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding

The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revis by Arnold Schwarzenegger & Bill Dobbins

From elite bodybuilding competitors to gymnasts, from golfers to fitness gurus, anyone who works out with weights must own this book -- a book that only Arnold Schwarzenegger could write, a book that has earned its reputation as "the bible of bodybuilding." Inside, Arnold covers the very latest advances in both weight training and bodybuilding competition, with new sections on diet and nutrition, sports psychology, the treatment and prevention of injuries, and methods of training, each illustrated with detailed photos of some of bodybuilding's newest stars. Plus, all the features that have made this book a classic are here: Arnold's tried-and-true tips for sculpting, strengthening, and defining each and every muscle to create the ultimate buff physique The most effective methods of strength training to stilt your needs, whether you're an amateur athlete or a pro bodybuilder preparing for a competition Comprehensive information on health, nutrition, and dietary supplements to help you build muscle, lose fat, and maintain optimum energy Expert advice on the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries Strategies and tactics for competitive bodybuilders from selecting poses to handling publicity The fascinating history and growth of' bodybuilding as a sport, with a photographic "Bodybuilding Hall of Fame" And, of course, Arnold's individual brand of inspiration and motivation throughout Covering every level of expertise and experience, The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding will help you achieve your personal best. With his unique perspective as a seven-time winner of the Mr. Olympia title and all international film star, Arnold shares his secrets to dedication, training, and commitment, and shows you how to take control of your body and realize your own potential for greatness.

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Harvey Penick's Little Red Book - Harvey Penick Cover Art

Harvey Penick's Little Red Book

Harvey Penick's Little Red Book Lessons And Teachings From A Lifetime In Golf by Harvey Penick

Harvey Penick's life in golf began when he started caddying at the Austin, (Texas), Country Club at age eight. Eighty-one years later he is still there, still dispensing wisdom to pros and beginners alike. His stature in the golf world is reflected in the remarkable array of champions he's worked with, both men and women, including U.S. Open champion and golf's leading money winner Tom Kite, Masters champion Ben Crenshaw, and LPGA Hall of Famers Mickey Wright, Betsy Rawls, and Kathy Whitworth. It is not for nothing that the Teacher of the Year Award given by the Golf Teachers Association is called the Harvey Penick Award. Now, after sixty years of keeping notes on the things he's seen and learned and on the golfing greats he's taught, Penick is finally letting his Little Red Book (named for the red notebook he's always kept) be seen by the golf world. His simple, direct, practical wisdom pares away all the hypertechnical jargon that's grown up around the golf swing, and lets all golfers, whatever their level, play their best. He avoids negative words; when Tom Kite asked him if he should "choke down" on the club for a particular shot, Harvey told him to "grip down" instead, to keep the word "choke" from entering his mind. He advises golfers to have dinner with people who are good putters; their confidence may rub off, and it's certainly better than listening to bad putters complain. And he shows why, if you've got a bad grip, the last thing you want is a good swing. Throughout, Penick's love of golf and, more importantly, his love of teaching shine through. He gets as much pleasure from watching a beginner get the ball in the air for the first time as he does when one of his students wins the U.S. Open. Harvey Penick's Little Red Book is an instant classic, a book to rank with Ben Hogan's Modern Fundamentals of Golf and Tommy Armour's How to Play Your Best Golf All the Time.

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The Inner Game of Tennis - W. Timothy Gallwey, Pete Carroll & Zach Kleinman Cover Art

The Inner Game of Tennis

The Inner Game of Tennis The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance by W. Timothy Gallwey, Pete Carroll & Zach Kleinman

The Inner Game of Tennis is a revolutionary program for overcoming the self-doubt, nervousness, and lapses of concentration that can keep a player from winning. Now available in a revised paperback edition, this classic bestseller can change the way the game of tennis is played. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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2017 NFHS Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Book - NFHS & Becky Oakes Cover Art

2017 NFHS Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Book

2017 NFHS Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Book by NFHS & Becky Oakes

Contains the official rules track & field and cross country, and are designed to explain all aspects of the game.

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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - Michael Lewis Cover Art

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis

"This delightfully written, lesson-laden book deserves a place of its own in the Baseball Hall of Fame." —Forbes Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis follows the low-budget Oakland A's, visionary general manager Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball theorists. They are all in search of new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.

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Eleven Rings - Phil Jackson & Hugh Delehanty Cover Art

Eleven Rings

Eleven Rings The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson & Hugh Delehanty

During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values. Jackson was tagged as the “Zen master” half in jest by sportswriters, but the nickname speaks to an important truth: this is a coach who inspired, not goaded; who led by awakening and challenging the better angels of his players’ nature, not their egos, fear, or greed. This is the story of a preacher’s kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. In his quest to reinvent himself, Jackson explored everything from humanistic psychology and Native American philosophy to Zen meditation. In the process, he developed a new approach to leadership based on freedom, authenticity, and selfless teamwork that turned the hypercompetitive world of professional sports on its head. In Eleven Rings , Jackson candidly describes how he: • Learned the secrets of mindfulness and team chemistry while playing for the champion New York Knicks in the 1970s • Managed Michael Jordan, the greatest player in the world, and got him to embrace selflessness, even if it meant losing a scoring title • Forged successful teams out of players of varying abilities by getting them to trust one another and perform in sync • Inspired Dennis Rodman and other “uncoachable” personalities to devote themselves to something larger than themselves • Transformed Kobe Bryant from a rebellious teenager into a mature leader of a championship team. Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship—six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. We all know the legendary stars on those teams, or think we do. What Eleven Rings shows us, however, is that when it comes to the most important lessons, we don’t know very much at all. This book is full of revelations: about fascinating personalities and their drive to win; about the wellsprings of motivation and competition at the highest levels; and about what it takes to bring out the best in ourselves and others.

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2016-17 NFHS Wrestling Rules Book - NFHS Cover Art

2016-17 NFHS Wrestling Rules Book

2016-17 NFHS Wrestling Rules Book by NFHS

Contains the official rules for wrestling, and are designed to explain all aspects of the game.

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2017 NFHS Baseball Case Book - NFHS Cover Art

2017 NFHS Baseball Case Book

2017 NFHS Baseball Case Book by NFHS

Contains the official case plays for baseball, and are designed to explain all aspects of the game.

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Above the Line - Urban Meyer & Wayne Coffey Cover Art

Above the Line

Above the Line Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season by Urban Meyer & Wayne Coffey

Remarkable lessons in leadership and teambuilding from one of the greatest college football coaches of our time In only thirteen years as a head football coach, first at Bowling Green and then at Utah, Florida, and Ohio State, Urban Meyer has established himself as one of the elite coaches in the annals of his sport, with three national championships and a cumulative record of 142 wins and only 26 losses. But sheer statistics are not the measure of his true accomplishment, nor do they speak to his own extraordinary learning journey. Now, in  Above the Line , he offers to readers his unparalleled insights into leadership, team building and the keys to empowering people to achieve things they might never have thought possible.   Despite winning two national championships at Florida in only six seasons, Meyer stepped back from the game at the end of the 2010 season, amid health concerns and a growing awareness that his almost maniacal pursuit of perfection was distorting his priorities, distancing him from his family and taking him away from the reasons he wanted to coach in the first place. When he returned to the sport in 2012 as the head  coach at Ohio State, the school he grew up rooting for, Meyer did so with a renewed sense of the deeper purpose of his work and a profound commitment to life balance that had previously been lacking. What remained constant was his passion for leading, teaching and motivating, forging his football teams into a cohesive whole, playing for one another with selfless commitment and uncommon intensity.    Ohio State’s 2014 season was in many ways Urban Meyer’s master class in leadership. The world knows how the story ended: with the Buckeyes capturing the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship with a 42–20 victory over Oregon, with the team’s third-string quarterback at the helm, in only his third collegiate start. Few remember how it began: with a bad early season loss that sent OSU out of the Top 20, season-ending injuries at the most important position on the team, and then, infinitely worse, the tragic death of a teammate. But this team’s resilience was no accident. In  Above the Line , Urban Meyer shares with readers OSU’s groundbreaking game plan—the game plan he followed every day in the Buckeyes’ historic 2014 season—for creating a culture of success that engages and inspires the people around them   A student of psychology long before he became a coach, Meyer believes that trust is the bedrock of great achievements and healthy relationships, and explains how to build it, step by step—whether in a team, a family, or a Fortune 500 company. With trust in place, a deep bond unites us in common purpose, and cultivates what he calls "Above the Line" behavior—a learned, empowered response to the challenges we face every day.   Writing with his customary candor and humility, Meyer delivers insights both practical and profound—and applicable far beyond the football field. Packed with real-life examples from a storied season,  Above the Line  offers wisdom and inspiration for taking control and turning setbacks into victories.

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2016-17 NFHS Basketball  Rules Book - NFHS Cover Art

2016-17 NFHS Basketball Rules Book

2016-17 NFHS Basketball Rules Book by NFHS

Contains the official rules for basketball, and are designed to explain all aspects of the game.

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What Doesn't Kill Us - Scott Carney Cover Art

What Doesn't Kill Us

What Doesn't Kill Us How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength by Scott Carney

What Doesn't Kill Us , a New York Times bestseller, traces our evolutionary journey back to a time when survival depended on how well we adapted to the environment around us. Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology. Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. But what if we could regain some of our lost evolutionary strength by simulating the environmental conditions of our ancestors? Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney takes up the challenge to find out: Can we hack our bodies and use the environment to stimulate our inner biology? Helping him in his search for the answers is Dutch fitness guru Wim Hof, whose ability to control his body temperature in extreme cold has sparked a whirlwind of scientific study. Carney also enlists input from an Army scientist, a world-famous surfer, the founders of an obstacle course race movement, and ordinary people who have documented how they have cured autoimmune diseases, lost weight, and reversed diabetes. In the process, he chronicles his own transformational journey as he pushes his body and mind to the edge of endurance, a quest that culminates in a record-bending, 28-hour climb to the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro wearing nothing but a pair of running shorts and sneakers. An ambitious blend of investigative reporting and participatory journalism, What Doesn’t Kill Us explores the true connection between the mind and the body and reveals the science that allows us to push past our perceived limitations.

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2017 Boys Lacrosse Rules Book - NFHS & James Weaver Cover Art

2017 Boys Lacrosse Rules Book

2017 Boys Lacrosse Rules Book by NFHS & James Weaver

Contains the official playing rules for boys lacrosse, and are designed to explain all aspects of the game.

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Attitude - Jay Wright, Michael Sheridan, Mark Dagostino & Charles Barkley Cover Art

Attitude

Attitude Develop a Winning Mindset on and off the Court by Jay Wright, Michael Sheridan, Mark Dagostino & Charles Barkley

In this behind-the-scenes look at the making of a champion, the coach of the Villanova University men’s basketball team shares his competitive and cooperative philosophy, along with lessons from his coaching career and the story of his personal road to success. When Kris Jenkins sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to win the 2016 NCAA Tournament, it was a victory not just for a team and its coach but for an entire program. In his twentieth season with the Villanova program, including a five-year stint as an assistant to Coach Rollie Massimino, Coach Jay Wright had achieved his lifelong dream—and witnessed the culmination of a decades-long effort to build a culture of winning around a set of core values. In Attitude, Coach Wright shares some of the leadership secrets that have enabled Villanova, a private university with an undergraduate enrollment of less than 6,500, to thrive in the hypercompetitive world of college athletics. As he recounts the story of the 2015–16 Wildcats, Coach Wright offers anecdotes from his own journey up the ladder of success, with lessons learned on the Little League playing fields of his youth and wisdom passed down from his coaches and mentors. Each step of Villanova’s journey to a national championship incorporates a signature term torn from Coach Wright’s own motivational playbook. Here are key principles that aspiring leaders can apply, not only on the basketball court but in the boardroom, the classroom, and the living room. From learning to accept your role to remembering to honor those who came before us, Jay Wright’s core values provide a positive blueprint for transformational team building based on the idea that anyone—from the head coach to the last player on the bench—can be a leader when the moment demands it. The product of a lifetime’s worth of championship-level preparation, Attitude is perfect for anyone looking to build a team, achieve a goal, or nurture their own winning culture. Advance praise for Attitude “Jay Wright’s Attitude is filled with wonderful anecdotes, life lessons, and that which we all seek: wisdom.” —Phil Knight, co-founder and chairman emeritus, Nike “In 2015–16, Villanova displayed the best attributes of a champion by playing hard, smart, and together. Jay Wright instilled those traits in his team, and in Attitude he shares the universal leadership lessons that helped it succeed.” —Mike Krzyzewski, head coach, Duke University basketball “In my four years at Villanova, Coach Wright taught me what it means to be a respected leader and how infectious a positive daily approach can be. Reading Attitude made me feel like I was right back with my teammates in a circle at center court after practice, listening to Coach’s insight into how I could become a better player and a better leader.” —Ryan Arcidiacono, co-captain, 2015–2016 Villanova Wildcats

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Smart Baseball - Keith Law Cover Art

Smart Baseball

Smart Baseball The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball by Keith Law

Predictably Irrational meets Moneyball in ESPN veteran writer and statistical analyst Keith Law’s iconoclastic look at the numbers game of baseball, proving why some of the most trusted stats are surprisingly wrong, explaining what numbers actually work, and exploring what the rise of Big Data means for the future of the sport. For decades, statistics such as batting average, saves recorded, and pitching won-lost records have been used to measure individual players’ and teams’ potential and success. But in the past fifteen years, a revolutionary new standard of measurement—sabermetrics—has been embraced by front offices in Major League Baseball and among fantasy baseball enthusiasts. But while sabermetrics is recognized as being smarter and more accurate, traditionalists, including journalists, fans, and managers, stubbornly believe that the "old" way—a combination of outdated numbers and "gut" instinct—is still the best way. Baseball, they argue, should be run by people, not by numbers.? In this informative and provocative book, teh renowned ESPN analyst and senior baseball writer demolishes a century’s worth of accepted wisdom, making the definitive case against the long-established view. Armed with concrete examples from different eras of baseball history, logic, a little math, and lively commentary, he shows how the allegiance to these numbers—dating back to the beginning of the professional game—is firmly rooted not in accuracy or success, but in baseball’s irrational adherence to tradition. While Law gores sacred cows, from clutch performers to RBIs to the infamous save rule, he also demystifies sabermetrics, explaining what these "new" numbers really are and why they’re vital. He also considers the game’s future, examining how teams are using Data—from PhDs to sophisticated statistical databases—to build future rosters; changes that will transform baseball and all of professional sports.

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Dream Team - Jack McCallum Cover Art

Dream Team

Dream Team How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever by Jack McCallum

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   Acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team. As a writer for Sports Illustrated, McCallum enjoyed a courtside seat for the most exciting basketball spectacle on earth, covering the Dream Team from its inception to the gold medal ceremony in Barcelona. Drawing on fresh interviews with the players, McCallum provides the definitive account of the Dream Team phenomenon. He offers a behind-the-scenes look at the controversial selection process. He takes us inside the team’s Olympic suites for late-night card games and bull sessions where superstars like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird debated the finer points of basketball. And he narrates a riveting account of the legendary intrasquad scrimmage that pitted the Dream Teamers against one another in what may have been the greatest pickup game in history. In the twenty years since the Dream Team first captivated the world, its mystique has only grown. Dream Team vividly re-creates the moment when a once-in-a-millennium group of athletes came together and changed the future of sports—one perfectly executed fast break at a time.   With a new Afterword by the author .   “The absolute definitive work on the subject, a perfectly wonderful once-you-pick-it-up-you-won’t-be-able-to-put-it-down book.”— The Boston Globe   “An Olympic hoops dream.”— Newsday   “What makes this volume a must-read for nostalgic hoopsters are the robust portraits of the outsize personalities of the participants, all of whom were remarkably open with McCallum, both then and now.”— Booklist (starred review)

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Golf is Not a Game of Perfect - Bob Rotella Cover Art

Golf is Not a Game of Perfect

Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by Bob Rotella

Filled with insightful stories about golf, Dr. Bob Rotella’s delightful book will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player. Dr. Bob Rotella is one of the hottest performance consultants in America today. Among his many professional clients are Nick Price (last year's Player of the Year), Tom Kite, Davis Love III, Pat Bradley, Brad Faxon, John Daly, and many others. Rotella, or “Doc,” as most players refer to him, goes beyond just the usual mental aspects of the game and the reliance on specific techniques. What Rotella does here in this extraordinary book, and with his clients, is to create an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of a golfer's game, from mental preparation to competition. The most wonderful aspect of it all is that it is done in a conversational fashion, in a dynamic blend of anecdote and lesson. And, as some of the world's greatest golfers will attest, the results are spectacular. Golfers will improve their golf game and have more fun playing. Some of Rotella's maxims include: -On the first tee, a golfer must expect only two things of himself: to have fun, and to focus his mind properly on every shot. -Golfers must learn to love 'the challenge when they hit a ball into the rough, trees, or sand. The alternatives—anger, fear, whining, and cheating—do no good. -Confidence is crucial to good golf. Confidence is simply the aggregate of the thoughts you have about yourself. -It is more important to be decisive than to be correct when preparing to play any golf shot or putt. Filled with delightful and insightful stories about golf and the golfers Rotella works with, Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.

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ChiRunning - Danny Dreyer Cover Art

ChiRunning

ChiRunning A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running by Danny Dreyer

The revised edition of the bestselling ChiRunning , a groundbreaking program from ultra-marathoner and nationally-known coach Danny Dreyer, that teaches you how to run faster and farther with less effort, and to prevent and heal injuries for runners of any age or fitness level. In ChiRunning, Danny and Katherine Dreyer, well-known walking and running coaches, provide powerful insight that transforms running from a high-injury sport to a body-friendly, injury-free fitness phenomenon. ChiRunning employs the deep power reserves in the core muscles, an approach found in disciplines such as yoga, Pilates, and T’ai Chi. ChiRunning enables you to develop a personalized exercise program by blending running with the powerful mind-body principles of T’ai Chi: 1. Get aligned. Develop great posture and reduce your potential for injury while running, and make knee pain and shin splints a thing of the past. 2. Engage your core. Shift the workload from your leg muscles to your core muscles, for efficiency and speed. 3. Add relaxation to your running. Learn to focus your mind and relax your body to increase speed and distance. 4. Make it a Mindful Practice. Maintain high performance and make running a mindful, enjoyable life-long practice. 5. It’s easy to learn. Transform your running with the ten-step ChiRunning training program.

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Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition - Kelly Starrett Cover Art

Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition

Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance by Kelly Starrett

Updated and expanded with more than 80 pages of new content! Improve your athletic performance, extend your athletic career, treat stiffness and achy joints, and prevent and rehabilitate injuries--all without having to seek out a coach, doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, or masseur. In "Becoming a Supple Leopard," Dr. Kelly Starrett--founder of MobilityWOD.com--shares his revolutionary approach to mobility and maintenance of the human body and teaches you how to hack your own movement, allowing you to live a healthier, more fulfilling life. This new edition of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller has been thoroughly revised to make it even easier to put to use. Want to truly understand the principles that guide human movement? "Becoming a Supple Leopard" lays out a blueprint for moving safely and effectively through life and sport. Want to learn how to apply those principles to specific movements, whether you are doing squats in the gym or picking up a bag of groceries? Hundreds of step-by-step photos show you not only how to perform a host of exercise movements, such the squat, deadlift, pushup, kettlebell swing, clean, snatch, and muscle-up, but also how to correct the common faults associated with those movements. Frustrated because you can't perform a certain movement correctly due to range of motion restrictions? Breaking the body down into 14 distinct areas, Starrett demonstrates hundreds of mobilization techniques that will help you resolve restrictions and reclaim your mobility. Unsure how to put it all together into a program that addresses your individual needs? This updated edition lays out dozens of prescriptions that allow you to hone in on a specific limitation, a nagging injury, or an exercise fault that you just can't seem to get right. It even offers a 14-day full-body mobility overhaul. Performance is what drives us as human beings, but dysfunctional movement patterns can bring the human body to an abrupt halt. Often, the factors that impede performance are invisible even to seasoned athletes and coaches. "Becoming a Supple Leopard" makes the invisible visible. Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or simply someone wanting to live healthy and free from physical restrictions, this one-of-a-kind training manual will teach you how to harness your athletic potential and maintain your body. Learn how to perform basic maintenance on your body, unlock your athletic potential, live pain-free--and become a Supple Leopard. This step-by-step guide to movement and mobility will show you how to: - Move safely and efficiently in all situations - Organize your spine and joints in optimal, stable positions - Restore normal function to your joints and tissues - Accelerate recovery after training sessions and competition - Properly perform strength and conditioning movements like the squat, bench press, pushup, deadlift, clean, and snatch - Build efficient, transferable movement patterns and skill progressions from simple to more advanced exercises - Identify, diagnose, and correct inefficient movement patterns - Treat and resolve common symptoms like low back pain, carpal tunnel, shoulder pain, and tennis elbow - Prevent and rehabilitate common athletic injuries - Use mobilization techniques to address short and stiff muscles, soft tissue and joint capsule restriction, motor control problems, and joint range of motion limitations - Create personalized mobility prescriptions to improve movement efficiency

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The Legends Club - John Feinstein Cover Art

The Legends Club

The Legends Club Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and an Epic College Basketball Rivalry by John Feinstein

The riveting inside story of college basketball's fiercest rivalry among three coaching legends—University of North Carolina's Dean Smith, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, and North Carolina State's Jim Valvano—by the king of college basketball writers, #1 New York Times bestseller John Feinstein On March 18, 1980, the immensely powerful Duke basketball program announced the hiring of its new coach—the man who would resurrect the team, restore glory to Duke, and defeat the legendary Dean Smith, who coached down the road at UNC Chapel Hill and had turned UNC into a powerhouse. Duke's new man was Mike Krzyzewski. The only problem was, no one knew who Krzyzewski was, he had a so-so record in his short time as head coach of Army, and worst of all, no one could even pronounce his name. The announcement caused head scratches . . . if not immediate calls for his head . . . and on this note his career at Duke began.      The table was set nine days later, when on March 27, 1980, Jim Valvano was hired by North Carolina State to be their new head coach. The hiring didn't raise as many eyebrows, but with the exuberant Valvano on board, two new coaches were now in place to challenge Dean Smith—and the most sensational competitive decade in history was about to unfold.      In the skillful hands of John Feinstein, this extraordinary rivalry—and the men behind it—come to life in a unique, intimate way. The Legends Club is a sports book that captures an era in American sport and culture, documenting the inside view of a decade of absolutely incredible competition. Feinstein pulls back the curtain on the recruiting wars, the intensely personal competition that wasn't always friendly, the enormous pressure and national stakes, and the battle for the very soul of college basketball allegiance in a hot-bed area. Getting to the roots of the NCAA goliath that is followed religiously by millions of fans today, Feinstein uses his unprecedented access to all three coaches to paint a portrait only he could conjure. The Legends Club is destined to be one of Feinstein's biggest bestsellers.

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USA Gymnastics Xcel Code of Points

USA Gymnastics Xcel Code of Points by USA Gymnastics Xcel Committee

The Xcel Code of Points is the official rule book for the Xcel Program.  This book is a complete guide for coaches and judges. In addition to all of the rules and regulations the Xcel Code of Points includes  illustrations of all allowable skills and examples of routines.  A must-have for anyone involved in the Xcel program.  

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Gunslinger

Gunslinger The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre by Jeff Pearlman

From a New York Times best-selling author, the full, definitive biography of Brett Favre A towering figure on the field for two decades who breezed into the Hall of Fame, Brett Favre was one of the game’s last cowboys, a fastball-throwing, tobacco-chewing gunslinger who refused to give up without a fight. This peerless quarterback guided the Green Bay Packers to two Super Bowls and one championship win, shattering countless NFL records along the way.    Gunslinger tells Brett Favre’s story for the first time, drawing on more than five hundred interviews, including many from the people closest to Favre. Jeff Pearlman charts an unparalleled journey from his rough rural childhood and lackluster high school football career to landing the last scholarship at Southern Mississippi to a car accident that nearly took his life. Favre clawed back, getting drafted into the NFL by the Atlanta Falcons, then finding his way to Green Bay, where he restored the Packers to greatness and inspired a fan base as passionate as any in the game. Yet he struggled with demons: addiction, infidelity, the loss of his father, and a fraught, painfully prolonged exit from the game he loved, a game he couldn’t bear to leave.   Grand, gritty, and revelatory, Gunslinger is a big sports biography of the highest order, a fascinating portrait of the man with the rocket arm whose life has been one of triumph, of fame, of tragedy, of embarrassment, and—ultimately—of redemption.  

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SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition

SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere by John Lofty Wiseman

The ultimate guide to surviving anywhere, now updated with more than 100 pages of additional material, including a new chapter on urban survival "A classic outdoor manual [that] addresses every conceivable disaster scenario. Don’t leave home without it”--Outside magazine Revised to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology, and covering new topics such as urban survival and terrorism, the multimillion-copy worldwide bestseller SAS Survival Handbook by John "Lofty" Wiseman is the definitive resource for all campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers. From basic campcraft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster, this complete course includes: Being prepared: Understanding basic survival skills, like reading the weather, and preparation essentials, such as a pocket survival kit. Making camp: Finding the best location, constructing the appropriate shelter, organizing camp, staying warm, and creating tools. Food: What to eat, what to avoid, where to find it, and how to prepare it. First aid: A comprehensive course in emergency/wilderness medicine, including how to maximize survival in any climate or when injured. Disaster survival: How to react in the face of natural disasters and hostile situations—and how to survive if all services and supplies are cut off. Self-defense: Arming yourself with basic hand-to-hand combat techniques. Security: Protecting your family and property from intrusion, break-ins, and theft. Climate & terrain: Overcoming any location, from the tropics to the poles, from the desert to the mountains and sea.

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Skateboarding Made Simple Vol. 5 - Aaron Kyro & Chris Chann Cover Art

Skateboarding Made Simple Vol. 5

Skateboarding Made Simple Vol. 5 by Aaron Kyro & Chris Chann

Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 5 is the most detailed intermediate flatground tutorial ever made.  With over an hour of video embedded into the ibook you will master the tricks fast.  In this book, you will learn how to do the Varial Kickflip, the Backside 180 Kickflip, the Varial Heelflip, the Backside 180 Heelflip, the Frontside 180 Kickflip, the Hard Flip, the Inward Heelflip, the Frontside 180 Heelflip, the Backside Bigspin, and the 360 Flip. This video will take your skating to the next level. Using Aaron’s extremely detailed and successful approach to teaching skating, you will learn each trick fast and in the correct order.  One of the best flatground skaters in the world, Christopher Chann, joins Aaron Kyro to break down every one of these tricks into their most basic and detailed form. Each chapter includes “Tricks You Need To Know Before”, “Foot Position”, “Flip And Catch Explained”, “Practice Steps”, “What Can Go Wrong”, and “Putting It All Together”. These breakdowns give you exact explanations, along with visuals, of every part of each trick. This way you can get them down exactly and perfectly. The detailed practice steps build one step upon the next. This will enable you to master each trick rapidly.  Get this video embedded ibook now and take your skating to the next level!

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When Nobody Was Watching - Carli Lloyd & Wayne Coffey Cover Art

When Nobody Was Watching

When Nobody Was Watching My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World by Carli Lloyd & Wayne Coffey

NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER From the celebrated star of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, an inspiring, uplifting, and candid memoir of how she got there “If a player trains when nobody is watching, she might be able to do superhuman things when the entire world is watching. Like scoring a hat trick in the first sixteen minutes of a World Cup final, an eventual 5–2 victory over Japan. Or topping off that hat trick with an astonishing fifty-yard strike from midfield, the greatest goal in U.S. soccer history, a shot so audacious that it's surprising to learn that Lloyd had actually practiced it for years with [James] Galanis on an empty field in New Jersey, far from any crowds.” – Grant Wahl, Sports Illustrated In 2015, the U.S .Women’s National Soccer Team won its first FIFA championship in sixteen years, culminating in an epic final game that electrified soccer fans around the world. It featured a gutsy, brilliant performance by team captain and midfielder Carli Lloyd, who made history that day, scoring a hat trick—three goals in one game—during the first sixteen minutes.    But there was a time when Carli almost quit the sport. In 2003 she was struggling, her soccer career at a crossroads. Then she found a trusted trainer, James Galanis, who saw in Carli a player with raw talent, skill, and a great dedication to the game. What Carli lacked were fitness, mental toughness, and character. Together they set to work, training day and night, fighting, grinding it out. No one worked harder than Carli. And no one believed in her more than James. Despite all the naysayers, the times she was benched, moments when her self-confidence took a nosedive, she succeeded in becoming one of the best players in the world.    This candid reflection on a remarkable turnaround will take readers inside the women's national team and inside the head of an athlete who willed herself to perform at the highest levels of competition.

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Baseball Prospectus 2017

Baseball Prospectus 2017 by Baseball Prospectus, Aaron Gleeman & Bret Sayre

The 2017 edition of The New York Times Bestselling Guide. The 22nd edition of this industry-leading baseball annual contains all of the important regular and advanced statistics, player predictions and insider-level commentary that readers have come to expect, along with significant improvements to several statistics that were created by, and are exclusive to, Baseball Prospectus. Baseball Prospectus 2017 provides fantasy players and insiders alike with prescient PECOTA projections, which The New York Times called “the überforecast of every player’s performance.” With forty-five Baseball Prospectus alumni currently working for major-league baseball teams, nearly every organization has sought the advice of current or former Prospectus analysts, and readers of Baseball Prospectus 2017 will understand what all those insiders have been raving about!

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2016-17 NFHS Volleyball Rules Book - NFHS Cover Art

2016-17 NFHS Volleyball Rules Book

2016-17 NFHS Volleyball Rules Book by NFHS

Contains the official rules for volleyball, and are designed to explain all aspects of the game.

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2016-17 NFHS Spirit Rules Book - NFHS Cover Art

2016-17 NFHS Spirit Rules Book

2016-17 NFHS Spirit Rules Book by NFHS

Contains the official rules for spirit, and are designed to explain all aspects of the activity.

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The Fantasy Baseball Black Book 2017 Edition (Fantasy Black Book 10) - Joe Pisapia Cover Art

The Fantasy Baseball Black Book 2017 Edition (Fantasy Black Book 10)

The Fantasy Baseball Black Book 2017 Edition (Fantasy Black Book 10) by Joe Pisapia

The 8-time #1 best-selling fantasy sports author is BACK IN BLACK for 2017!  “Joe’s concept of Relative Position Value works for any fantasy format with any number of teams…With the Black Book, they get the full instruction manual.” --Steve Gardner, Senior Fantasy Editor for USA Today Sports, Tout Wars “Reading Joe's work is sort of like being in on a great fantasy baseball secret…You'll go into the Black Book experience touting ADP, and leave it embracing RPV.”  --Nando DiFino, Executive Producer FNTSY Network, Tout Wars “… RPV takes that one step further and provides a simple but powerful framework for adapting positional adjustments to any league format or depth. I’ll be reading the Black Book in detail leading up to my drafts this year, and hope my opponents haven’t heard about it yet.” -- Cory Schwartz, VP of Stats for MLB.com, Tout Wars  Fantasy baseball expert Joe Pisapia is a member of the expert Tout Wars Fantasy Baseball League and the creator of the revolutionary player evaluation tool Relative Position Value (RPV). He hosts The Fantasy Black Book Show and On Target Fantasy on FNTSY Network Radio, appears regularly on FNTSY Network TV and has hosted for SXM Fantasy Sports Radio. His Fantasy Black Book is the fundamental alternative to the stale content, recycled player rankings and glossy photos that dominate so many fantasy baseball sites and magazines at half the price.  In 2017, he has returned with complete RPV percentages for all players in points and roto leagues, as well “RPV per Dollar” for DFS players and auction league drafts.  The NEW and expanded 2017 Fantasy Black Book features include:  *Over 500+ Player Profiles with complete Points and Roto League RPV  *2017 Draft Strategies for ALL formats including snake, auction and dynasty  * DFS Strategies and ALL NEW “RPV per Dollar” Analysis  *All Over/Underrated Team of 2017 & The 5 Burning Questions in Fantasy 2017  * Top Prospects for 2017 and 2016 MLB First Year Player Draft Recap * Black Book philosophies on roster management, making trades, being the “commish” and much more…  Pisapia outlines a comprehensive approach to planning, scouting, drafting and managing your fantasy team. He also introduces a revolutionary new statistical approach that helps simplify the measuring and comparison of fantasy player performance both within and across positions.  Whether you're new to fantasy baseball or a grizzled veteran looking for a leg up on the competition, the Fantasy Black Book is the place to start. 

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Long Range Shooting Handbook - Ryan Cleckner Cover Art

Long Range Shooting Handbook

Long Range Shooting Handbook A Beginner's Guide to Precision Rifle Shooting by Ryan Cleckner

25% of this book's proceeds will be donated to two military charities: the Special Operation Warrior Foundation and the Sua Sponte Foundation.   This book is the complete beginner's guide to long range shooting written in simple every-day language so that it's easy to follow. Included are personal tips and best advice from my years of special operations sniper schooling and experience, and as a sniper instructor.If you are an experienced shooter, this guide will be a resource covering the principles and theory of long range shooting.  This is the preliminary book to help you understand fundamental concepts such as MOA vs Mils and external ballistics, that can be like a trusted resource at the range.Learning to shoot long range isn't that difficult. Once you understand the basics, you can start to master your technique and you'll be hitting targets in no time.   The author has a series of online instructional videos known for their ability to take seemingly complex areas of long range shooting and breaking them down so that they're easy to understand. This book was motivated by the feedback from those videos. The handbook is broken down into three main categories: What it is/How it works, Fundamentals, and How to use it. "What it is/How it works" covers equipment, terminology, and basic principles. "Fundamentals" covers the theory of long range shooting. "How to use it" gives you practical advice on how to implement what you've learned so far to make you a long range shooter.

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Head in the Game - Brandon Sneed Cover Art

Head in the Game

Head in the Game The Mental Engineering of the World's Greatest Athletes by Brandon Sneed

An intriguing blend of science and sports that explores how some of the worlds greatest athletes are utilizing the last frontier of performance-enhancing technology—the mental mapping and engineering of their own brains—for peak performance, and what it means for the future of athleticism, sports, and the rest of us. Moneyball showed how statistics were revolutionizing baseball. The Sports Gene revealed the role genetics play in sports. Now, Head in the Game examines the next evolution: how mental engineering—the manipulation of the cognitive processes of the brain—can make gifted athletes even better. For years, technology—from EEG (electroencephalogram) to fMRI (Functional magnetic resonance imaging) to video games, tablets, and personal data collection devices—have been used with soldiers to understand their physical and mental functioning. Touching on brain functionality vital to sports—both the "hard" (coordination, stimuli processing, functional memory, decision-making, load-processing) and the "soft" (emotion regulation, visualization, psychology, mindfulness)—this tech is now being adopted by scores of championship franchises and top athletes—including scrappy underdogs forced to innovate and elite players looking for an advantage. Star NFL quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Tom Brady, the NBA’s Kyle Korver, and Olympic volleyball champion Kerri Walsh are using mental engineering to up their game. It’s not luck that has transformed the San Antonio Spurs into a formidable force—it’s science, Sneed demonstrates. As mental engineering becomes widespread—taking athletes who are already freaks of nature and making them better—the impact on the multi-billion dollar sports industry will be dramatic on players, managers, trainers, owners, and even fans. Interviewing athletes and coaches, visiting training camps and sports science firms, Brandon Sneed offers a firsthand, on-the-ground look at this exciting breakthrough that has the potential to transform to transform the game—and all our lives.

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The Mindful Athlete - George Mumford & Phil Jackson Cover Art

The Mindful Athlete

The Mindful Athlete Secrets to Pure Performance by George Mumford & Phil Jackson

Michael Jordan credits George Mumford with transforming his on-court leadership of the Bulls, helping Jordan lead the team to six NBA championships. Mumford also helped Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom and countless other NBA players turn around their games. A widely respected public speaker and coach, Mumford is sharing his own story and the strategies that have made these athletes into stars in The Mindful Athlete: The Secret to Pure Performance . His proven, gentle but groundbreaking mindfulness techniques can transform the performance of anyone with a goal, be they an Olympian, weekend warrior, executive, hacker, or artist. Mumford’s deeply moving personal story is unforgettable. A basketball player at the University of Massachusetts (where he roomed with Dr. J, Julius Erving), injuries forced Mumford out of the game he loved. The meds that relieved the pain of his injuries also numbed him to the emptiness he felt without the game and eventually led him to heroin. After years as a functioning addict, Mumford enrolled in Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program, and made meditation, on and off the cushion, the center of his life. He kicked drugs, earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology and began teaching meditation to inmates and others. When Michael Jordan left the Chicago Bulls to play baseball in 1993, the team was in crisis. Coach Phil Jackson, a long-time mindfulness practitioner, contacted Dr. Kabat-Zinn to find someone who could teach mindfulness techniques to the struggling team—someone who would have credibility and could speak the language of his players. Kabat-Zinn led Jackson to Mumford and their partnership began. Mumford has worked with Jackson and each of the eleven teams he coached to become NBA champions. His roster of champion clients has since blossomed way beyond basketball to include corporate executives, Olympians, and athletes in many different sports. With a charismatic teaching style that combines techniques of engaged mindfulness with lessons from popular culture icons such as Yoda, Indiana Jones, and Bruce Lee, Mumford tells illuminating stories about his larger than life clients. His writing is down-to-earth and easy to understand and apply. The Mindful Athlete is an engrossing story and an invaluable resource for anyone looking to elevate their game, no matter what the pursuit, and includes a foreword by Phil Jackson. "Self-consciousness is when you’re focused on how you’re doing instead of what you’re doing. We have to learn how to push and challenge ourselves, but not in an insensitive way. Honing your performance really comes down to being comfortable with being uncomfortable."—George Mumford

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Bushcraft 101 - Dave Canterbury Cover Art

Bushcraft 101

Bushcraft 101 A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival by Dave Canterbury

The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry! Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors. Based on the 5Cs of Survivability--cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages--this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. Inside, you'll also discover detailed information on:Choosing the right items for your kit.Manufacturing needed tools and supplies.Collecting and cooking food.Protecting yourself from the elements. With Canterbury's guidance, you'll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation, you'll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you've never imagined.

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The Cubs Way - Tom Verducci Cover Art

The Cubs Way

The Cubs Way The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse by Tom Verducci

With inside access and reporting, Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and FOX Sports analyst Tom Verducci reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team that broke the longest championship drought in sports, chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions. It took 108 years, but it really happened. The Chicago Cubs are once again World Series champions.  How did a team composed of unknown, young players and supposedly washed-up veterans come together to break the Curse of the Billy Goat? Tom Verducci, twice named National Sportswriter of the Year and co-writer of The Yankee Years with Joe Torre, will have full access to team president Theo Epstein, manager Joe Maddon, and the players to tell the story of the Cubs' transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball.  Beginning with Epstein's first year with the team in 2011, Verducci will show how Epstein went beyond "Moneyball" thinking to turn around the franchise. Leading the organization with a manual called "The Cubs Way," he focused on the mental side of the game as much as the physical, emphasizing chemistry as well as statistics.  To accomplish his goal, Epstein needed manager Joe Maddon, an eccentric innovator, as his counterweight on the Cubs' bench.  A man who encourages themed road trips and late-arrival game days to loosen up his team, Maddon mixed New Age thinking with Old School leadership to help his players find their edge.   The Cubs Way takes readers behind the scenes, chronicling how key players like Rizzo, Russell, Lester, and Arrieta were deftly brought into the organization by Epstein and coached by Maddon to outperform expectations. Together, Epstein and Maddon proved that clubhouse culture is as important as on-base-percentage, and that intangible components like personality, vibe, and positive energy are necessary for a team to perform to their fullest potential.  Verducci chronicles the playoff run that culminated in an instant classic Game Seven. He takes a broader look at the history of baseball in Chicago and the almost supernatural element to the team's repeated loses that kept fans suffering, but also served to strengthen their loyalty.   The Cubs Way is a celebration of an iconic team and its journey to a World Championship that fans and readers will cherish for years to come.

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Finished It - Cassie Reilly-Boccia & Kayla Braud Cover Art

Finished It

Finished It A Team's Journey to Winning It All by Cassie Reilly-Boccia & Kayla Braud

"Finished It unlocks the Alabama Softball story in a transparent and powerful way. Her stories are woven together creating the sensation you are living and learning what makes Alabama softball special. This book shares how Coach Patrick Murphy, Coach Aly Habetz, and the staff have cornered the market on relevant leadership, unwavering values that withstand the test of time in an ever changing society. Her book pulls back the curtain on one of NCAA Softball's greatest collegiate programs." -Sue Enquist, former UCLA Softball coach for twenty-seven years, eleven-time national champion, five-time Hall of Famer "Been around this amazing game for awhile, and few have ever taken us inside the true emotion, process, preparation, and understanding of what it takes to win on the biggest stage. Cassie does this so uniquely, you will find yourself applying to your own life the creative ways this special group was able to succeed both as an underdog in the championship moment and as a difference maker in life." -Jessica Mendoza, ESPN analyst and reporter, silver and gold medalist of the Olympics "Finished It shows us there is more to winning a national championship than meets the eye the day that trophy is hoisted. Discovering the details of raw emotion and effort that goes into winning a national championship is nothing short of motivational. You can see the Alabama Softball program has developed a formula for not only winning games, but the effort it takes to develop a healthy, inspiring locker room from day one of a season. Any athlete, any person would be able to relate to the dedication, creativity, passion and belief in each other this team had from the get-go of their magical season." -Amanda Scarborough, two-time All American, ESPN College Softball analyst "Although little can prepare you for adversity, this book will show you that when you have twenty hearts beating as one, nothing can stop you." -Jaclyn Traina, four-time All American, Team USA Softball member

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Do You Want to Work in Baseball? - Bill Geivett Cover Art

Do You Want to Work in Baseball?

Do You Want to Work in Baseball? How to Acquire a Job in MLB & Mentorship in Scouting/Player Development by Bill Geivett

Bill Geivett's- Do You Want to Work in Baseball? Do you want to know the process of acquiring employment in MLB? Have you wondered how baseball scouts evaluate players? Do you want to know more about professional baseball Player Development? Bill Geivett draws on his 28 years of experience in professional baseball to answer these questions. He offers his insights from his time as a player, scout, and front office executive. Do You Want to Work in Baseball? is more than a "how to" description of details to remember. It is filled with Bill's real-life lessons learned from the varied roles he has held for Major League Baseball Clubs including the California Angels, New York Yankees, Montreal Expos,Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Colorado Rockies. For anyone who desires a career in Major League Baseball or any professional sport, as well as, athletes, parents, and fans, Do You Want to Work in Baseball? is a unique practical look into a world that only a few have seen first-hand.

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2017 Little League® Softball Official Regulations Playing Rules, and Operating Policies: Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies For All Divisions Of Play - Little League International Cover Art

2017 Little League® Softball Official Regulations Playing Rules, and Operating Policies: Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies For All Divisions Of Play by Little League International

The 2017 official Little League® Softball Rulebook includes:  - Official Regulations  - Field Diagrams  - Playing Rules - Tournament Rules and Guidelines  - Operating Policies 

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Hands

Hands Strength Training for Climbers by Andy Kirkpatrick

How to get a strong grip for winter climbing, covering basic exercises as well as more advanced techniques. Review With typical AK spelling and grammar issues this obviously hasn't been through a publisher first but doesn't suffer in any way from that - I like the fact we're getting exactly what the author wrote, and I especially appreciated the typo in the Bruce Willis analogy! Andy knows what he's talking about with regard to training, and this book delivers simple, basic and easily-followed information on increasing grip strength. No more, no less. There may well be better or more scientific methods out there, but what he writes here will be effective and can be done at home, in a park or gym as your situation allows. Add in the humour (crude and non-PC as always) and this is an easily-read book which any climber should buy.

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Born to Run - Christopher McDougall Cover Art

Born to Run

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run. An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?   Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

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The Big Miss - Hank Haney Cover Art

The Big Miss

The Big Miss My Years Coaching Tiger Woods by Hank Haney

The Big Miss is Hank Haney’s candid and surprisingly insightful account of his tumultuous six-year journey with Tiger Woods, during which the supremely gifted golfer collected six major championships and rewrote golf history. Hank was one of the very few people allowed behind the curtain. He was with Tiger 110 days a year, spoke to him over 200 days a year, and stayed at his home up to 30 days a year, observing him in nearly every circumstance: at tournaments, on the practice range, over meals, with his wife, Elin, and relaxing with friends.   The relationship between the two men began in March 2004 when Hank received a call from Tiger in which the golf champion asked him to be his coach. It was a call that would change both men’s lives.   Tiger—only 28 at the time—was by then already an icon, judged by the sporting press as not only one of the best golfers ever, but possibly the best athlete ever. Already he was among the world’s highest paid celebrities. There was an air of mystery surrounding him, an aura of invincibility. Unique among athletes, Tiger seemed to be able to shrug off any level of pressure and find a way to win.   But Tiger was always looking to improve, and he wanted Hank’s help.   What Hank soon came to appreciate was that Tiger was one of the most complicated individuals he’d ever met, let alone coached. Although Hank had worked with hundreds of elite golfers and was not easily impressed, there were days watching Tiger on the range when Hank couldn’t believe what he was witnessing. On those days, it was impossible to imagine another human playing golf so perfectly.   And yet Tiger is human—and Hank’s expert eye was adept at spotting where Tiger’s perfection ended and an opportunity for improvement existed. Always haunting Tiger was his fear of “the big miss”—the wildly inaccurate golf shot that can ruin an otherwise solid round—and it was because that type of blunder was sometimes part of Tiger’s game that Hank carefully redesigned his swing mechanics.   Hank’s most formidable coaching challenge, though, would be solving the riddle of Tiger’s personality. Wary of the emotional distractions that might diminish his game and put him further from his goals, Tiger had developed a variety of tactics to keep people from getting too close, and not even Hank—or Tiger’s family and friends, for that matter—was spared “the treatment.”   Toward the end of Tiger and Hank’s time together, the champion’s laser-like focus began to blur and he became less willing to put in punishing hours practicing—a disappointment to Hank, who saw in Tiger’s behavior signs that his pupil had developed a conflicted relationship with the game. Hints that Tiger hungered to reinvent himself were present in his bizarre infatuation with elite military training, and—in a development Hank didn’t see coming—in the scandal that would make headlines in late 2009. It all added up to a big miss that Hank, try as he might, couldn’t save Tiger from.   There’s never been a book about Tiger Woods that is as intimate and revealing—or one so wise about what it takes to coach a superstar athlete.

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Those Guys Have All the Fun - James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales Cover Art

Those Guys Have All the Fun

Those Guys Have All the Fun Inside the World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales

It began, in 1979, as a mad idea of starting a cable channel to televise local sporting events throughout the state of Connecticut. Today, ESPN is arguably the most successful network in modern television history, spanning eight channels in the Unites States and around the world. But the inside story of its rise has never been fully told-until now. Drawing upon over 500 interviews with the greatest names in ESPN's history and an All-Star collection of some of the world's finest athletes, bestselling authors James Miller and Tom Shales take us behind the cameras. Now, in their own words, the men and women who made ESPN great reveal the secrets behind its success-as well as the many scandals, rivalries, off-screen battles and triumphs that have accompanied that ascent. From the unknown producers and business visionaries to the most famous faces on television, it's all here.

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The Enforcer - Nikki Worrell Cover Art

The Enforcer

The Enforcer by Nikki Worrell

Lacey Benoit is in need of a fresh start. Her best friend, Dr. Zoe Millis, has been begging her to make the move from Maine to California.  Taking a leap of faith, Lacey does just that. Living in San Diego definitely has its perks, such as, sunshine and beaches.  The best part of moving to the west coast, however, is that Steven is still on the east coast.  Catching your almost husband having sex with one of your bridesmaids on your wedding day would make even the strongest woman jaded.  Therefore, Lacey has sworn off men for a while, especially men who travel a lot that have easy access to loose women. When Lacey meets the new enforcer for the San Diego Scorpions, she thinks she might be in trouble.  But she is determined to fight her attraction to the sexy NHL hunk.  And she is successful ... for about a day.

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Beyond Belief - Josh Hamilton & Tim Keown Cover Art

Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief Finding the Strength to Come Back by Josh Hamilton & Tim Keown

Josh Hamilton was the first player chosen in the first round of the 1999 baseball draft. He was destined to be one of those rare "high-character " superstars. But in 2001, working his way from the minors to the majors, all of the plans for Josh went off the rails in a moment of weakness. What followed was a 4-year nightmare of drugs and alcohol, estrangement from friends and family, and his eventual suspension from baseball. BEYOND BELIEF details the events that led up to the derailment. Josh explains how a young man destined for fame and wealth could allow his life to be taken over by drugs and alcohol. But it is also the memoir of a spiritual journey that breaks through pain and heartbreak and leads to the rebirth of his major-league career. Josh Hamilton makes no excuses and places no blame on anyone other than himself. He takes responsibility for his poor decisions and believes his story can help millions who battle the same demons. "I have been given a platform to tell my story" he says. "I pray every night I am a good messenger."

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