Read: The Play’s the Thing (pages 89-106)
Themes: Importance of Play | Cultural Lies of Femininity/Masculinity
Game Plan: In this chapter, Joe writes about the distortion of play in the game of sports. He outlines social and cultural factors that contribute to the loss of childhood innocence and to the reinforcement of transactional relationship styles. The world is anxious to steal this innocence from our children and from us. This chapter looks at the factors influencing “play” in our games and encourages coaches to connect with their own loss of innocence so that we can develop an effective plan for bringing the safety of play back onto the field for the sake of our athletes’ souls.