My Mom Thinks She’s My Volleyball Coach, but She’s Not

A Picture Book About Good Sportsmanship


SKU: A144-Net / A252-Net

For all of us that love watching volleyball but have a tendency to get a little too involved in the game.

For those of us that cross the line between supportive fan and obnoxious spectator.

This book will serve as a gentle and hilarious reminder that… Coaches Coach, Officials Officiate, Players Play, and Parents Parent (cheer, hug, encourage, help transport, feed).

Written by an experienced volleyball mom and USA Volleyball, this book is designed to make the volleyball court a much more enjoyable place for us all to be.

Includes tips from USA Volleyball for parents, coaches, players, and officials. Proceeds from the sale of this book go to USA Volleyball.

Written by Julia Cook
Illustrated by Allison Valentine
Paperback ISBN 9781934073094
Hardcover ISBN 9781934073100
Grades 5-8
32 pages
Release Date August 1, 2007

Additional information


Hardcover, Paperback




National Center for Youth Issues

Julia Cook, M.S. is a award-winning children’s author, counselor, and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools and speaks at education and counseling conferences nationally and internationally. Julia has published almost one hundred children’s books on a wide range of character and social development topics, and regularly contributes to print and television media about these topics. The goal behind Cook’s work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem-solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home. Cook has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”

I love this book. It’s great for all volleyball parents, including me. We need to make volleyball fun for our children, believe in the coaches, and always cheer for the team!

“Jenny” Lang Ping
Head Coach, USA Volleyball Women’s National Team

Julia Cook has captured the heart and soul of what is happening with many of us as we watch our kids compete in the Volleyball arena. How better to show us what an impact we have on our kids through such a fun publication. A required reading for all of us who have kids playing youth sports.

Mick Haley
2000 USA Women’s Olympic Volleyball Coach at the Sydney Olympics

USA Volleyball is proud to be involved with the creation of this book and have our name associated with it. A “must read” for all parents and children that combines humor with poignant, on-target messages.

Kerry J. W. Klostermann
Secretary General, USA Volleyball
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