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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (August 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142003352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142003350
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DiCicco coached the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team to victory in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Hacker is a psychology consultant for the team. They join their expertise in this accessible, useful guide for coaches at all levels. Primarily written in DiCicco's enthusiastic voice that's straight off the sports field, the book's practical advice includes insight on coaching girls and women (forget the outdated intimidation tactics used by many famous coaches for men); forming a team, making cuts and nurturing exceptional players; criticizing and motivating effectively; working with parents; and evaluating one's own coaching performance. Throughout, Hacker offers clear, helpful ideas for team-building exercises, while DiCicco follows with companion training workouts. Most of the examples focus on soccer, but coaches of all sports will learn a great deal from this straightforward guide based on impressive experience. Also suggest Hannah Storm and Mark Jenkins' Go Girl! Help Your Daughter Be Healthy, Confident and Successful by Playing Sports [BKL My 1 02]. Gillian Engberg
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"An invaluable tool for coaches of all levels." (Michelle Akers, Two-Time World Cup Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, and FIFA Player of the Century)

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Every girls' team coach should read this book.
DLC
The lessons Tony goes through in this book and the examples he gives can be applied to any age group with some modifications, but the underlying goals are the same.
Rockybound
Solutions to address a multitude of problems are provided as well.
Randall S. Rhyne

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robert Sykora on January 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I read this book after reading Anson Dorrance's Training Soccer Champions and Lauren Gregg's The Champions Within. This book is better for the new coach who may be just forming their coaching attitudes and style. For coaches of totally dedicated Premier level teams or higher, the other two books are probably better. Catch Them Being Good shares many of the viewpoints of the other two books on building teams, motivating players, and forming strong positive attitudes. The other two books had better technical information and (perhaps because I read them first) struck me more powerfully than this one. This book was more readable for a beginning coach. I think the team building exercises are a real plus and are the biggest items I will take away from reading this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Randall S. Rhyne on January 10, 2009
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I've been coaching high school soccer for less than 5 years and wanted to do better for the team. I've played soccer for 35 years and coached boys before, but the girls team had me confounded; this book has completely reshaped the way I will coach these girls.
Essentially, the book looks at the major aspects of the game (game psychology, strategy, practice, etc.) and analyzes the female perspective. So many of the questions that start "Why won't they..." are answered. Solutions to address a multitude of problems are provided as well. The book addresses most playing levels, not just elite. Highly recommend this one for anyone that coaches females.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clark Schultz on March 3, 2013
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Great balance of coaching and social cohesion for all new and veteran coaches to read! Having met them at a soccer conference their passion and love for game and those who play and coach it is evident in their book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DLC on December 15, 2012
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Every girls' team coach should read this book. Often, success begins in the head and heart of teams who play together, rather than from the actual skill-base and talent of the players.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rockybound on November 19, 2012
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I think it goes without saying, but coaching a group of ten 14 year old girls in volleyball is always a challenge. You never know from day to day what you're going to have to deal with when you get to the gym. I've been coaching girls for 12 years on and off and I've learned a lot about how to communicate and what to say and not say. Of course, there are still many, many things I do not know or understand. Reading this book has given me a clear understanding of the path I need to take every season to make sure a) the girls give me the best they have, and b) they have fun doing it. The lessons Tony goes through in this book and the examples he gives can be applied to any age group with some modifications, but the underlying goals are the same. I really enjoyed reading this book and see myself re-reading it many times to reinforce my methodolgies. Yes, this book is obviously geared toward soccer, but it is completely relevant for any sport where young women are involved. Highly, highly recommended.
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I have read this book several times since buying on Amazon.com. I have also purchased a few copies for fellow coaches. There is great insight into Tony's experiences coaching top-level girls who have all the same insecurities as club level girls. There is also great insight into the drills Tony used to create a well bonded team. I have used many of these tips for my team and it has been very successful. I highly recommend this book if you are coaching or plan on coaching female soccer players. It will only make you better.
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Mia Hamm said "Treat us like women, coach us like men." Tony DiCicco really helps me focus on not only the playing and fieldset game for the teenage girls I coach but also on their mental game. I grew up watching the team he speaks about - with awe and desire to be as good as them. These players are the icons of the beginning of women's soccer in America. Tony DiCicco, as their coach, helps deliver true insight in how to coach women and girls through this book. A high recommendation for any girl's coach.
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By M. Kiss on June 19, 2013
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This is the second copy of this book I've bought. I misplaced (or loaned out) my other copy and just had to get another copy so I could reread it. It would be a wonderful gift for a coach new to coaching girls. Coaching girls is very different from coaching boys -- especially in the pre-teen/teen years. Tony D. offers some wonderful insight on the differences and how to handle them.
(Recently got my copy signed by Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini-Hoch, too!)
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