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Coaching Youth Football (Baffled Parent's Guides) Paperback – August 27, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Baffled Parent's Guides
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (August 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071372199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071372190
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,889,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"[This] series is required reading for those of us who . . . one day find ourselves facing the expectant gazes of a dozen youngsters who insist on calling us Coach."--FamilyFun magazine.

"You have the opportunity to teach the value of competition, that winning and losing are both part of the positive experience, and that having fun is the name of the game."--Paul Pasqualoni.

Coach. You just volunteered to coach your child's football team, and you can't tell a draw play from a screen pass or a tight end from the end zone. Don't despair--Coaching Youth Football is here to help..

From your first team meeting, Coaching Youth Football shows you how to teach the fundamentals of football, including passing, catching, blocking, and kicking. You'll find drills for playing offense and defense that work for any age group or experience level. You'll even learn to develop your own coaching style--and before you know it, you'll be coaching players who are learning, motivated, and most of all, having fun..

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  • Survive your first practice and game.
  • Promote good habits, concentration, and teamwork.
  • Find answers to common problems in the Q And A sections.
  • Create a positive attitude, build team spirit, and get along with parents.
  • Make practices fun, safe, and rewarding.
  • Be the coach you never had.
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"An invaluable guide for both novice and veteran coaches."--Fred Lower, Bangor (Maine) Youth Football Organization.

About the Author

Paul Pasqualoni is a three-time recipient of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award. As head football coach at Syracuse University for over ten years, he has led his teams to six victories in eight bowl game appearances. He is a member of the board of trustees of the American Football Coaches Association..
Jim McLaughlin has coached at the high school and collegiate level for over thirty years. As a high school football coach for the last thirteen years, he has coached his teams to the state finals eight times, winning three state championships..

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Tabales on March 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've been coaching now for a couple of seasons and ran across this book. I decided to buy it, and a few others to add to my library. I feel like as a coach you can never learn too much, and this one seemed interesting.

I bought 4 books that day, but read this one first. I should have read it last because it made the other 3 look and sound retarded. Worst yet, it made me look stupid for buying them. The information provided in this book was absolutely great and very instructive. It really starts you off from the absolute basics of coaching, which can come across as a little condescending if you know anything about football. But quickly takes off into a world of information, some which you probably already knew but forgot over time.

It literally takes you by the hand and walks you through the process of getting through an entire season, from the first practice, how to handle parents, through team meetings, right into the seasons games. I highly recommend any coach that is working with youth teams (Jr. High and below) to take a look at this gem and get as much as they can from it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kenu-raido on May 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is an okay book, but the first half of this already thin ( about 120 pages 10"x7") book is just about something most guys who watch or have played football will already know. How wide is the field? How long is it? What's an even versus an odd defense? And so on.

The second half is very dilute, which is the real meat of coaching football. If you are an absolute novice, then buy this book. If you can get it free somewhere or very inexpensive, then it's worth a quick glance, but it is not a book you go back to over and over after the first reading, in my opinion.

Good luck to you coaches ... and remember the priority:

1. Children Safety

2. Build character

3. Win football games within spirit and letter of rules
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Johnson on September 12, 2005
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This is my first year coaching and I found my knowledge of the game,and conditioning and prep drills lacking. This book may be too simple for those that have played the game a lot and are more than arm-chair quarterbacks.

I found the breakdown of practice sessions helpful because they stressed the different areas of the game but kept the pace moving to help keep the kids from getting bored.

This does not contain a playbook and if you are looking for this you might be disappointed.
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By Coach Mike on June 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Well written. Easy to understand. Good remainder for coaches who forget who they are coaching for and why they are coaching youth football.

Good reading for any coach just starting or who have just a couple of years under their belt
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