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Product Details

  • Series: Baffled Parent's Guides
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (March 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071412255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071412254
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"What a resource! Every girls' lacrosse coach in the country needs to have this book in their hands."--Diane Geppi Aikens, head women's lacrosse coach, Loyola College

"This book is what the women's lacrosse community has been waiting for! A definitive guide to all aspects of the game, it lays the foundation for success."--Cindy Timchal, head women's lacrosse coach, University of Maryland

Coach. You just volunteered to coach your daughter's lacrosse team, and you can't tell a defensive slide from an offensive set or the 12-meter fan from the restraining line. Don't despair--Coaching Girls' Lacrosse is here to help.

From your first team meeting to equipment needs to dealing with officials, Coaching Girls' Lacrosse will get you started--and keep you going. You'll learn the basics of girls' lacrosse for 6- to 12-year-olds and you'll find out how the game is changing so you can teach the universal lacrosse skills that will take your players from youth league to college and beyond. You'll be able to school your players in handling the new stick varieties and teach them innovative passing and catching techniques; progressive, relaxed cradling; and creative shots on goal. Here are all the fundamentals of safe physical play, drills for offense and defense, valuable advice about coaching style, and how to make improvement--rather than winning at any cost--the goal of your season. Before you know it, you'll be coaching players who are moving, learning, gaining confidence, and most of all, having fun.

  • Survive your first practice and game
  • Teach girls' lacrosse as it is played at all levels through college and beyond
  • Design effective practices for your entire season using the examples provided
  • Match your drills to age and ability
  • Make lacrosse fun and rewarding
  • Boost the skills and confidence of all your players

"A great resource for youth coaches at all levels. I am especially impressed with the attention given to the rules of the game." --Pat Dillon, Rules Chair, US Lacrosse

About the Author

Janine Tucker has been the head women's lacrosse coach at nationally ranked Johns Hopkins University and the director of the Johns Hopkins All-Star Girls' Lacrosse Camp for ten years. She was an All-American lacrosse player for Loyola College and is a member of the Loyola College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Maryalice Yakutchik teaches journalism and creative writing at Loyola College and is a freelance journalist. She played varsity lacrosse for Temple University, was assistant women's lacrosse coach at Kutztown University, and has coached youth-league girls' lacrosse for the past six years.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "tommyboy410" on March 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is perfect for coaches and players who are new to the game of girls'/women's Lacrosse. Several years ago, when I was recruited to coach my daughter's youth league team, I searched high and low for a book, such as this one, covering the girls' game. I found plenty of books for boy's Lacrosse and a few that had a chapter or two covering girls' Lacrosse. Often, these books covered very outdated techniques and methods. Bottom line, there was no comprehensive guide for teaching and developing young girls into well-rounded Lacrosse players. Coach Tucker's book is a great guide for dad's like me who have men's Lacrosse experience, beginning coaches, new players, and, of course, baffled parents. My favorite section covers the suggested drills. Each drill is clearly defined and well diagramed. She also provides great advice for managing practice and keeping the girls involved and excited about playing lacrosse. I plan to implement many of her suggestions into my practices. A must read for coaches and parents who are interested in developing technically sound players who love the game of girls' Lacrosse.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 14, 2007
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This is an excellent tool for getting a better understanding on how to support and help my daughter improve in lacrosse. I wanted to play an active role by getting the book as well as equipment for both of us. Now we toss the ball to each other and practice what we've read in the book. She's definitely getting better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Schnur on March 20, 2013
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My daughters' team needed an assistant coach, I volunteered. Then the head coach was injured and they needed a new head coach, I volunteered. All this happened in less than 24 hours. Having never played lacrosse, I was mortified. I turned to Amazon and found this book. Another coach recommended it and I bought it hardcopy and read it cover to cover. I then got the kindle version to use with my iPad during practices. The title of the book says it all. This book explained what I needed to know and how to set up my practices and what to emphasize. My assistant coach downloaded it too so we would be on the same page with respect to the drills we would be running. I can't imagine this endeavor without this book as a guide.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daily Lamma on February 28, 2007
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Don't let the title fool you, anyone with an interest in girl's lacrosse will benefit from reading this. Players, Parents, Coaches, etc. It does a really nice job of going over the basics and emphasizing what is important for a female lacrosse player. She offers some fun games and drills that can be used at any level.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marina Kushner on April 11, 2007
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Whether you're a lacrosse player, parent of a player, or a coach, this guide will teach you some important concepts. Games and drills to improve ability are included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VT Kidd on March 4, 2013
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I have just started the season, but I must say, this book has been fantastic so far in helping me prep for the season and prepare meaningful practices. Relatively well written and concise with plenty of practice drills for individuals, small groups, and full team. I believe this would work for almost all age levels up to collegiate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Guyer on April 12, 2014
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Great for those new to coaching. It gives good general overviews of bigger concepts and breaks it down to more i depth ideas. Has sections for specific drills (easy to complex). The one thing this book can't magically improve is skill; that comes with time spent with the ball in stick!
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