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Sports

It's rare (at least in America) to find moderate attitudes toward sports. Either people are rabid fans, clothed in team colors with painted faces and deep hatred for "the other guys"; or they hate sports themselves, eschewing all teams equally, ranting about the meaninglessness of stats and the evil of an entertainment saturated culture.

The rabid fans are clearly misguided, but the sports-haters also miss the point: sports aren't synonymous with professional franchises and paid spectator events. Five kids with a baseball and a bat are able to play baseball fully just as much as the Atlanta Braves, and maybe more because they're playing purely for love of the game. It isn't multi-million dollar contracts or giant stadiums that form the essence of sports.

A dictionary defintion of "sport" would say something like, "Sport is the pursuit of physical and/or mental struggle against individual opponents or teams according to predetermined rules yada yada yada......" But that's really boring and doesn't embrace the reality and innate joy of sweat and sore muscles and exertion and making an impossible shot and keeping the other side from scoring.

Sports have always been divisive. In the old days, knights in armor beat each other up with blunt swords and axes, and were often killed as a result of wounds incurred. Some people thought this was a great way to test manhood, while others thought it was an evil and a sin. In some ways, they were both right. But the ones without an excuse were the audiences who just sat there and watched the violence, cheering and stuffing food in their faces.

Man was not invented merely to sit around drinking beers and eating pretzels dipped in mustard while ogling images on a screen. But he also wasn't invented to be prim and proper all the time. We all have bodies, and we all need to do something other than work sometimes, and sports help us keep our bodies fit while relieving us of the stresses and drudgery of everyday life.

There's not even anything wrong with being a sports fan, as long as you're reasonable about it. Anything that takes up inordinate amounts of our time is an idol, and when we eat, sleep and breathe the Houston Astros (sorry these are all baseball analogies, it's just the best sport), we're not spending enough time eating and sleeping and breathing for Jesus Christ, who is the only reason we can enjoy and appreciate sports in the first place.

God isn't against sports, especially not when we play them amongst ourselves. A lot of homeschoolers put tons of emphasis on mental intelligence while physical improvement kind of goes by the wayside. Sports are a great way to teach character (and, for homeschoolers especially, teamwork) while simply letting kids have fun. They've also been a vital element of every culture throughout time, and we offer our modest collection of sports-related titles here without shame or embarrassment.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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All the Stars Came Out That Night
Reprint from Plume Books
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: Literature (Location: ACL-LIT)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
American Boy's Handy Book
by Daniel Beard
from Dover Publications
for 4th-9th grade
in Hiking & Outdoor Adventures (Location: CGA-09A)
$9.71 $6.00 (1 in stock)
American Boy's Handy Book
by Daniel Carter Beard
Centennial from David R. Godine
for 3rd-6th grade
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: CGA-10A)
American Girl's Handy Book
by Lina & Adelia Beard
from David R. Godine
for 4th-9th grade
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: CGA-10A)
Babe Ruth: One of Baseball's Greatest
Childhood of Famous Americans
by Guernsey Van Riper
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Childhood of Famous Americans (Location: A12-07D)
$2.80 (1 in stock)
Baffled Parent's Guide to Coaching Boys' Lacrosse
by Gregory P. Murrell, Jim Garland
1st edition
for 3rd-8th grade
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Barefoot Running Book
by Jason Robillard
2nd edition from Barefoot Running Press
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Baseball - Activity Book
Green ed. from Dover Publications
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Dover Little Activity Books (Location: A02-DLA)
$1.05
Baseball Saved Us
by Ken Mochizuki
from Lee & Low Books
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Bat 6
by Virginia Euwer Wolff
from Scholastic Inc.
Historical Fiction for 4th-6th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$1.80 (1 in stock)
Billy Sunday
Sowers Series
by Robert Allen
from Mott Media
Biography for 4th-6th grade
in Sowers Biographies (Location: A12-07F)
$7.19 $3.50 (1 in stock)
Black Star, Bright Dawn
by Scott O'Dell
from Sandpiper Books
for 7th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
$5.94
Brothers at Bat
by Audrey Vernick
from Clarion Books
for 1st-3rd grade
in Great Depression (1929-1939) (Location: B01-24A)
Camping & Backpacking with Children
by Steven Boga
1st edition from Stackpole Books
for Adult
in Hiking & Outdoor Adventures (Location: CGA-09A)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Captain Nobody
by Dean Pitchford
from Puffin Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A06-01A)
$4.89
Casey at the Bat
by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
for Preschool-1st grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: ACL-PIC)
Casey at the Bat
by Ernest L. Thayer & Christopher Bing
1st edition from Chronicle Books
for 2nd-6th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Come On, Seabiscuit!
by Ralph Moody
from University of Nebraska
Biography for 5th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$14.95
Contender
by Robert Lipsyte
from HarperCollins
for 7th-12th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A06-01A)
$6.29
Crew: The Rower's Handbook
by M. B. Roberts
from Sterling Publishing Co.
for 9th-12th grade
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
DK Eyewitness: Sports
DK Eyewitness Series
by Tim Hammond
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 4th-8th grade
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Draw 50 Athletes
by Lee Ames
Act from Watson-Guptill
for 3rd-8th grade
in Draw 50 (Location: ART-01E)
$6.99
Eric Liddell
Christian Heroes: Then & Now
by Geoff & Janet Benge
from YWAM Publishing
Biography for 4th-7th grade
in Christian Heroes: Then and Now (Location: A12-06E)
Eric Liddell: Running for a Higher Prize
Heroes for Young Readers
by Renee Taft Meloche & Bryan Pollard
illustrated edition from YWAM Publishing
Picture Book Biography for 1st-3rd grade
in Heroes for Young Readers (Location: A12-06D)
Exploring Oregon's Wild Areas
by William Sullivan
Revised Edition from Mountaineers Books
for 10th grade-adult
in Sports (Location: CGA-08E)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Extreme Sports
by Joe Tomlinson
from Smithmark Publishers
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Famous Athletes
by Michael E. Goodman
from KidsBooks, Inc.
for 2nd-4th grade
in Sports (Location: CGA-08E)
$0.70 (2 in stock)
Five-Star Basketball Drills
by Howard Garfinkel
1st edition from McGraw-Hill
for 7th grade-adult
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Goal!
by Mina Javaherbin
Reprint from Candlewick Press
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Great African American Athletes - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Taylor Oughton
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.47
High-Performance Skiing
by John Yacenda, Timothy Ross
2nd edition from Human Kinetics Publishers
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Hiking the Columbia River Gorge
by Russ Schneider
from Falcon Press Publishing
for 10th-adult
in Sports (Location: CGA-08E)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Hockey Card
by Jack Siemiatycki, Avi Slodovnick
from Lobster Press
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: ACL-PIC)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Jackie Robinson: Young Sports Trailblazer
Childhood of Famous Americans
by Herb Dunn
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for 3rd-6th grade
in Childhood of Famous Americans (Location: A12-07D)
$6.39
Jesse Owens: Young Record Breaker
Childhood of Famous Americans
by M. M. Eboch
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for 3rd-6th grade
in Childhood of Famous Americans (Location: A12-07D)
$5.59
Jim Thorpe: Olympic Champion
Childhood of Famous Americans
by Guernsey Van Riper
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Childhood of Famous Americans (Location: A12-07D)
$7.99
Joe Dimaggio: Young Sports Hero
Childhood of Famous Americans
by Herb Dunn
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Childhood of Famous Americans (Location: A12-07D)
$5.59
Keeping Score
by Linda Sue Park
from Sandpiper Books
for 5th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A06-01A)
$4.89
King of the Mound
by Wes Tooke
Reprint from Simon and Schuster
for 4th-7th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$5.59
Lives of the Athletes
by Kathleen Krull
from Harcourt
Biography for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Lou Gehrig: One of Baseball's Greatest
Childhood of Famous Americans
by Guernsey Van Riper
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Childhood of Famous Americans (Location: A12-07D)
$5.59
Mighty Jackie
by Marissa Moss
1st edition from Simon & Schuster Macmillan
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
$12.59
Modern Seamanship
by Don Dodds
from Lyons Press
for 9th-Adult
in Hiking & Outdoor Adventures (Location: CGA-09A)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
New Guide to Skiing
by Martin Heckelman
from W. W. Norton and Co.
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
New North American Trout Fishing
by John Merwin
from Castle Books
for 7th-Adult
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
New Toughness Training for Sports
by James E. Loehr
Revised from Plume Books
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Olympic Games
by Charlene Notgrass with Mary Evelyn Notgrass
from Notgrass Company
for Kindergarten-8th grade
in Sports (Location: CGA-08E)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Real Book About Sports
from Garden City Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$1.40 (1 in stock)
Roberto Clemente: Young Ball Player
Childhood of Famous Americans
by Montrew Dunham
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Childhood of Famous Americans (Location: A12-07D)
$5.59
Sailing Fundamentals
by Gary Jobson
Revised & updated from Simon and Schuster
for Adult
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
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