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How do you raise healthy and responsible children in our irresponsible world? With 43 million children playing Little League sports, there exists a powerful opportunity to use sports as a mentor rather than a sitter, giving children the work ethos that is lacking, the physicality that lies dormant, and the ability to do difficult things as a child so that the challenges of life do not overwhelm them. Coaching Young Couch Potatoes offers practical advice to inexperienced coaches and youth leaders on how to give young people what they need to reach their full potential.
Michael Clapier studied for a few years at Ricks College before earning a BA in mass communications at the University of Utah. He started coaching Little League sports as a way to spend time with his seven children. He became the assistant coach of wrestling at Skyline High School for 25 years and helped produce numerous state champions and state placewinners. He was an official for 30 years. Currently, he works as a writer and corporate trainer with Max International. He is also involved in the SpeakUp! organization and serves as the voice for Utah Valley wrestling home meets. In 2015, Clapier was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholastic Coach of the Year.