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"Coaching is simply another word for teaching."--Bobby Clark Coach. You thought you were just going to sign up your child for the youth league. Now here you are, a newly annointed coach. You didn't ask for it, but it happened anyway. Now you need help. Don't despair. This complete guidebook will not only get you through it but will help you become the coach you'd like to be--the coach who can give those kids the sports experience they deserve. You've already taken a big step: you said "yes" to this important commitment. Congratulations. You'll have a great time, and Bobby Clark is here to help. *

Survive your first practice and first game *

Match your drills and strategies to age and ability *

Win over problem players--and parents *

Make it fun and rewarding *

Know what to do in game situations *

Be the coach you never had *

Reach all your players *

Generate enthusiasm *

Work with girls and boys *

Improve your players and your team Boys Soccer

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"Whether you are baffled or not, you'll find this book essential reading."--­­Jim Sheldon, Executive Director, National Soccer Coaches Association of America

Coaching is simply another word for teaching."--Bobby Clark

Coach. You thought you were just going to sign up your child for the youth league. Now here you are a newly appointed coach. You didn't ask for it, but it happened anyway. Now you need help.

Don't despair. This complete guidebook will not only get you through it but will help you become the coach you'd like to be--­­the coach who can give those kids the sports experience they deserve. You've already taken a big step: you said "yes" to this important commitment. Congratulations. You'll have a great time, and Bobby Clark is here to help.

  • Survive your first practice and first game
  • Win over problem players--and parents
  • Know what to do in game situations
  • Reach all your players
  • Work with girls and boys
  • Match your drills and strategies to age and ability
  • Make it fun and rewarding
  • Be the coach you never had
  • Generate enthusiasm
  • Improve your players and your team

"Few people can compare to Bobby Clark as a player and a teacher of the game. It only makes sense that few books on coaching can compare to this book."­­--Mike Berticelli, Head Coach, University of Notre Dame Men's Soccer Team

"A valuable read for developing the next generation of American soccer stars."--­­Dr. Doug Semark, American Youth Soccer Organization

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press (July 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071346082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071346085
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1999
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Having played in college, coached many youth teams, and read many books on coaching soccer, I can honestly say, THIS IS THE BEST BOOK AROUND. It contains, 1. simple, effective ways to organize a practice. 2. loads and loads of common sense. Your players will improve, having fun at the same time. Your confidence as a coach will soar with Coach Clark at your right hand.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Daniel W. Boren on December 6, 1999
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This book is truly all inclusive for the new or beginning coach. If you have to pick just one book to help you coach soccer pick this one. I am getting a fairly large soccer library and this is the best I've seen as a teach everything book.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1999
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This is a wonderful guide to involving kids in soccer and teaching them the fundamentals of the game. I have been coaching my son's team for three seasons now, and this book has really changed my approach. I used coach Clark's drills and techniques this summer and watched the kids become more engaged in the sessions and improve their skills. Coach Clark has a uniquely effective approach to teaching children.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Rosenhaus on September 3, 2001
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Coach Clark tells you what you need to know, and how to make your players have fun. Which is why they're playing soccer, right?
We tried out Bobby Clark's methods starting halfway through a rather disappointing season, and saw it start to pay off within 4 weeks. Our kids stopped looking at the ball in games and started going after it instead, and they were clearly having more fun in practice. Even if you don't use exactly his drills - and he has some excellent ones - you can and should apply his philosophy.
This is a good book for anyone's soccer library, but is particularly helpful for new coaches and coaches of younger players.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 2002
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I had seen this book on the shelf at B/N several times, but never pulled it off the shelf, as I am not a 'Baffled Parent', but coach H.S., premier, travel soccer. I attended a clinic given by Coach Clarke, and a fellow coach showed me the book. Inside are GREAT games for kids to enjoy! This is what you're looking for, whether you're a first time coach, or a coach who wants to loosen up practice for the more serious players.
On the back cover it states, 'Be the coach you wanted to play for'. Well here it is. Kids LOVE the games and they'll be showing up to practice running and smiling!
5*'s aren't high enough. Also recommend the second book by Tom Fleck and Ron Quinn
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By KikiSD on May 21, 2001
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Recruited to help out with our town's first year in soccer, I ended up coaching the 1st & 2nd grade team. I knew nothing about soccer and this book helped me learn enough to keep ahead of that age level and give them fun drills to do each practice. I really liked how it was geared to the beginning coach and the younger player age levels.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1999
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Wow, I have never read a book like this before.
I think this book is a must for EVERY coach, and EVERY parent. As I moved through the chapters I was continually amazed that someone could make coaching seem so easy, so fun. In addition there is also a lot of common sense approaches on how to handle difficult situations that a coach will face, including playing time, parent input, gender issues etc. I feel like I am armed with a coaching weapon. I can't wait for next season.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Coach Greg on August 12, 2002
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I was drafted to coach my daughter's soccer team (1st and 2nd grade), this book has been invaluable. I played soccer in high school, thus I knew the traditional drills. I was completely unaware of all the fun games that could be used to team the sport. This is the only book you need to plan fun practices. The 6 and 7 year old kids do not get the full benefit of some of the games because they are just learning to play soccer, after all some still don't know right from left. The practice plans work very well, keeps them fun, and the kids do learn. Highly recommended.
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