The Quality of Effort: Integrity in Sport and Life for Student-Athletes, Parents and Coaches

The Quality of Effort, originally published in 1991, has been revised, and is now available in both trade paperback and workbook editions, both of which are also available as Kindle ebooks (see below).

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Praise for the first (1991) edition:

“While everyone is obsessed with the ‘All-American,’ Reggie Marra cares about the everyday athlete….If I had had this book during my high school playing days, all of my athletic experiences would have been more productive and more enjoyable.”
Mike Breen, Sportscaster, New York*

*All bylines appear as they were when the testimonials were given, c. 1990-91. Many have changed.

 “The Quality of Effort is a must read for parents, students, coaches and counselors in any sport on any level.”
Lou Duesing, Track and Cross-country Coach,
Cornell University

The Quality of Effort…teaches us the lasting value of hope, hard work, and persistence in the building of a productive human life.”
– from the Foreword, by Tom Rogers, Husband,
Father, Teacher, Tucson, AZ

Contents (1991 edition)

1. The Quality of Effort
2. Becoming an Athlete
3. How to Practice
4. Winning, Losing & Competing: A Perspective
5. The Varying Natures of Success and Justice
6. Athletics and Life: A Permanent, Positive Relationship
7. Parenting the Student-Athlete
8. Coaching the Student-Athlete
9. Drugs, Sex and the Student-Athlete
10. Cheating
11. The Student-Athlete and the Classroom
12. The Quality of Effort–Hindsight

“A totally comprehensive view on the development of the young athlete, and an enlightening approach for those who believe in the blue collar work ethic.
– Fran Clemente, Head Woman’s Basketball Coach, Iona College

“Reggie Marra has done a beautiful job preparing the coach, parent, and student-athlete for what’s ahead.”
– Kieran Stack, 1989 & 1990 Irish National Champion, 3,000 meter

“The connection that I have always felt lies so strongly between sports and life is apparent throughout The Quality of Effort.”

– Lisa Toscano, Athletic Trainer and Professor, Manhattan College

“Finally a book saying yes we can combine competitive programs with integrity! Keep up the good work! I believe in what you are doing and am glad to have a person with your heart involved in sports.” – Tammy Perry, Women’s Basketball Coach, Chowan College, Murfreesboro, North Carolina 

“This book is on target in every one of its sections. Players, coaches, administrators, parents—anyone interested in sports—should read it. There is a clear value statement that all can identify and identify with. Seeing sports through Reggie Marra’s eyes puts sports in perspective. If I had any complaint, it would have been that there was not more—I was sorry it ended…” – Michael V. Mincieli, PhD, Guidance Counselor, Head Basketball Coach, Regis High School, NYC

“I cannot see someone not being bettered upon reading this book.” – Lou Carnesecca, St. John’s University, Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame  

“There are nuggets, gems, in The Quality of Effort that will help me in my day-to-day coaching….Your insights are not only of the ‘nail-on-the-head’ variety; they are consistently succinct….They speak to the heart of the matter, gleaned as they have been from your intense and thoughtful years as a coach….The young people I interact with will benefit through your thoughtfulness, insight and succinctness. Your book was invaluable as both a ‘how-to’ and as a gentle reminder of ‘how- to-do-it-better.’” – Pete Strickland, Assistant Basketball Coach, Old Dominion University 

“Reggie Marra touches on all of the important aspects of coaching, parental concerns and appropriate athletic perspectives. From Pop Warner to the professional ranks, this book is mandatory reading.” – Harold Crocker, Head Football Coach, Iona College, New Rochelle, New York

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Quality of Effort. It is an excellent study in value interpretations. I find the book obviously very instructive, but also highly challenging….I would like to see your book adopted for use at the college level in our teacher training institutions. Thanks for a very good book and some very challenging thoughts.” – Don King, Basketball Coach, Washington High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

“As a former college basketball player and now a college coach, I thoroughly believe in the principles of your book. I am glad that someone finally took the time to put such valuable information into writing.” – Cathi Evans, Women’s Basketball Coach, Clark State Community College, Springfield, Ohio 

“Reggie Marra’s unique book will help anyone who reads it put sport in its proper perspective. It should be on the reading list of all student-athletes and their parents.”
– Richard Lapchick, PhD, Director, Center for the Study of Sport in Society, Northeastern University 

“If you’re interested in the development of human potential, The Quality of Effort provides excellent insight into the necessary knowledge, attitude and skills.” – Mike McGrath, Dean of Students, Iona College