Best Books for Student-Athletes & Their Parents

Katie Giberson running the 2018 NYC marathon

Winter break is fast approaching and with it comes some well-earned downtime. What better way to rest and relax than cozying up by the fireplace with a good book? To help you choose what to read, the CBW Soccer Elite team compiled a list of our top picks for student athletes and their parents. Happy reading!

Bring Your ‘A’ Game by Jennifer L. Etnier, PhD

Written by a former soccer player, coach and kinesiology professor, this book is designed to teach student-athletes to master the mental side of the game. Dr. Etnier walks young readers through important exercises such as defining their abilities, visualization and how to deal with parents. [Buy on Amazon]

In Pursuit of Excellence by Terry Orlick, PhD

Offering a wealth of mental performance tips, this step-by-step guide includes self-reflection exercises and templates to help athletes achieve their goals. While this book is primarily intended for athletes, there are many insights on work, relationships and balance that will also benefit parents. [Buy on Amazon]

Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain

This classic little book is full of helpful advice and instructions for anyone who’s interested in crafting a future that’s rich and fulfilling. The exercises are simple enough for all ages, yet so practical and profound that parents will enjoy them, too. [Buy on Amazon]

The Confidence Code for Girls by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

With their latest release, authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman have created another New York Times bestseller that speaks to the issue of women’s confidence. Focused exclusively on helping girls shine, this book is full of helpful information on topics ranging from keeping social media in perspective to kicking the perfectionism habit. [Buy on Amazon]

Flourish by Martin E.P. Seligman

In this thought-provoking and inspirational book Martin E.P. Seligman, former president of the American Psychological Association, argues that it’s time to discard the “fix what’s broken” approach to life and instead focus on enhancing wellbeing. Packed with fascinating examples from education, healthcare and business, this book may just change your entire outlook. [Buy on Amazon]

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Eva Bart-Williams is a mental performance coach with a private practice helping individuals and teams achieve big goals. Eva is also CBW Soccer Elite’s head of operations, where she helps athletes embrace the challenges of high-level competition and advises families on the college soccer recruitment process. You can reach her at

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