Book Club

Book Club Term

June – July 2020

Welcome to the WeCOACH Book Club. As a coach, you are constantly looking to find ways to impact your teams and make discoveries from within, we understand that you may not be reading the same books as your friends outside of the world of athletics.

  • Are you a passionate reader looking to connect with like-minded coaches and initiate interactive book discussions in a virtual setting?
  • Are you seeking more accountability to actually read an entire book and stay focused on the content that can help you make improvements?
  • Are you a casual reader, with great ideas, looking to make connections with other coaches?

If you answered “YES” to any of the questions and you are seeking a community to network and meet new coaches, then this Book Club is specifically for you!

Research states that those who participate in book clubs:

  • Are more likely to commit to reading the entire book and sharing thoughts about what they have read and learned with new peers
  • Stay more informed of relevant topics within their network
  • Meet new people
  • Have a platform to share ideas and voice opinions of the book with an invested audience

Program Description

Participants commit to reading the selected book and engaging in discussions during three scheduled Video Meet-Ups during the designated term. Participants will receive questions and discussion topics to explore and reflect prior to each video meet-up, which will help guide discussions.


Book Club Eligibility and Requirements

  • Only current WeCOACH members may register and participate.  A current membership must be maintained throughout the Book Club term.
  • Book Clubs will be limited in size.  Registrants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.  Those registering after size limits are reached will be placed on a waiting list.
  • Participants must attend all scheduled Video Meet-Ups. Please have respect for your fellow book club members and those who were not accepted into the Book Club that would like to have the opportunity to participate.
  • Participants are willing to interact and engage in Book Club discussion at mandatory Video Meet-Ups.
  • Participants must complete a satisfaction survey at the completion of the program.

Video Meet-Up Schedule

Attendance is mandatory

Date / Time
Tue, June 9 / 10:30a ET
Tue, June 16 / 10:30a ET
Tue, June 30 / 10:30a ET
Tue, July 14 / 10:30a ET
Tue, July 28 / 10:30a ET


“Permission To Feel” by Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

We all have emotions, but how many of us have the vocabulary to accurately describe our experiences or to understand how our emotions affect the way we act? In this guide to help readers with their emotions, Brackett, the founding director of Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence, presents a five-step method he calls R.U.L.E.R.

• We need to Recognize our emotions
• Understand what has caused them
• Be able to Label them with precise terms and descriptions
• Know how to safely and effectively Express them
• Be able to Regulate them in productive ways.

Book Review
Permission to Feel is particularly useful for parents, teachers, and coaches who want to help youth and young adults to learn to handle difficult emotions so that they can thrive rather than be overwhelmed by them. The author’s system will also find use in the workplace. “Emotions are the most powerful force inside the workplace—as they are in every human endeavor,” writes Brackett. “They influence everything from leadership effectiveness to building and maintaining complex relationships, from innovation to customer relations.”
This book combines rigor, science, passion and inspiration in equal parts. Too many children and adults are suffering; they are ashamed of their feelings and emotionally unskilled, but they don’t have to be. Marc Brackett’s life mission is to reverse this course, and this book can show you how.
Marc Brackett is a professor in Yale University’s Child Study Center and founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. In his 25 years as an emotion scientist, he has developed a remarkably effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults – a blueprint for understanding our emotions and using them wisely so that they help, rather than hinder, our success and well-being.
Marc has led large research teams and raised tens of millions of dollars to investigate the roots of emotional well-being. His prescription for healthy children (and their parents, teachers, and schools) is a system called RULER, a high-impact and fast-effect approach to understanding and mastering emotions. RULER has been proven to reduce stress and burnout, improve school climate, and enhance academic achievement. This book is the culmination of Marc’s development of RULER and his way to share the strategies and skills with readers around the world. It is tested, and it works.
Moderator: Abbey Sutherland, Head Coach Volleyball at University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

Abbey is an NCAA Women Coaches Academy graduate, class 48 and is in her second season as head coach of the Green Bay volleyball program, coming off one of the most historic and memorable seasons in program history.

Co-Moderator: Amber Dunn, Head Coach Volleyball at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse