Hyman, who writes for BusinessWeek, the New York Times and other publications, spoke April 25, 2009, at Little League Day at the Oakland A's game. His book details the problematic state of modern-day youth sports and how parents are increasingly pushing their children beyond their emotional and physical limits.
Hyman weaves his own story of how he abused his own son's pitching arm with many other stories involving everyday families and how the dreams of fame and scholarship offers skew the basic principle of youth sports, which is to have fun. He interviewed dozens of parents and children, as well as therapists, trainers and surgeons in framing a view that we are pushing our kids too hard.
Carl Steward has been a sports columnist with the Oakland Tribune and Bay Area News Group since 1987 and has doubled as a youth sports coach and parent for the past 10 years.