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Coaching Lacrosse For Dummies® [Kindle Edition]

National Alliance for Youth Sports , Greg Bach
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Thinking about volunteering as a lacrosse coach? Even if you’ve never done it before, you can lead your team to a safe and exciting season. Coaching Lacrosse For Dummies shows you the fun and easy way to get the score on coaching youth lacrosse with loads of tips and plenty of offensive and defensive drills.

This friendly guide helps you grasp the basics and take charge on the field. You’ll get lots of expert advice on teaching essential skills to different age groups, determining positions for each player, promoting teamwork, keeping kids healthy and injury-free, helping struggling players improve their skills and encouraging your best players to make the most of their talents, and leading your team effectively during a game. Discover how to:

  • Recognize your behind-the-scenes responsibilities
  • Get a handle on rules and terms
  • Plan and execute practices
  • Teach basic lacrosse skills
  • Identify players’ strengths and weaknesses
  • Juggle the dual roles of coach and parent
  • Develop a lacrosse coaching philosophy
  • Motivate all of your players
  • Make practice and skill-building fun
  • Understand the league your coaching
  • Make sure your team has all the right equipment
  • Take different approaches to coaching girls and boys
  • Assign players to positions
  • Motivate players on game day

It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it. Make yourself the perfect somebody with a little help from Coaching Lacrosse For Dummies.



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Packed with numerous offensive and defensive drills

The fun and easy way to get the score on coaching youth lacrosse

Looking to volunteer as a lacrosse coach? This friendly guide helps you grasp the basics and take charge on the field. You get expert advice on teaching essential skills to different age groups, determining positions for each player, promoting teamwork, keeping kids healthy and injury-free, helping struggling players, and leading your team effectively during a game.

Discover how to:

  • Teach lacrosse fundamentals

  • Encourage good sportsmanship

  • Coach fun-filled practices

  • Ensure safety on the field

  • Communicate effectively with parents

About the Author

The National Alliance For Youth Sports has been America’s leading advocate for positive and safe sports for children for more than 25 years. It serves volunteer coaches, parents with children involved in organized sports, game officials, youth sports administrators, league directors, and the youngsters who participate in organized sports. The Alliance’s programs are utilized in more than 3,000 communities nationwide by parks and recreation departments, Boys & Girls Clubs, Police Athletic Leagues, YMCAs/YWCAs, and various independent youth service groups, as well as on military installations worldwide. For more information on the Alliance’s programs, which are listed below, visit www.nays.org.

Greg Bach is the communications director for the National Alliance For Youth Sports (NAYS), a position he has held since 1993. Before joining NAYS, he worked as the sports editor of the Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe, Michigan, where he captured numerous writing awards from the Associated Press, Michigan Press Association, and the Hearst Corporation. He has a journalism degree from Michigan State University, which he earned in 1989, and is a devoted follower of his beloved Spartans in all sports. He’s also the author of Coaching Soccer For Dummies, Coaching Football For Dummies, Coaching Basketball For Dummies, and Coaching Baseball For Dummies.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1955 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 11, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001B8NWDC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,027 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good general resource September 18, 2009
By Alan
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It is a good general resource for people who know a little something about lacrosse and need some ideas on how to coach kids to play it.

It might not be as useful in those parts of the country where lacrosse is growing and the coaches are not that experienced. For example, there aren't really good pictures/explanations of how to cradle, pass, shoot, etc.
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IF YOU WANT TO COACH GIRLS IN LACROSSE, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. This book claims to address both boys and girls lacrosse. However, it simply changed some pronouns, exchanged helmets for goggles, took away the pads, and put ponytails on a few images.

Girls lacrosse is not played with the same rules as boys lacrosse. It is not played with the same equipment. Anyone who has had anything to do with either side of this sport knows this. This book literally teaches illegal and even dangerous play for women's lacrosse. Girls do not play with helmets or pads, so executing a poke check in a girls game would be extremely dangerous, yet this book has a diagram of just such a play! If someone picked up this book and taught girls to play lacrosse from it, their team would not even know how to play in a girls game.

This means that the authors did not consult a single person who has played lacrosse or even watched a women's game. The cover of their book has girls wearing proper equipment: apparently the authors did not even look at the cover image of their own book. When I bought this book I did not realize that the "dummies" referred to in the title were actually the authors.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit out of date... March 15, 2013
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Lacrosse rules change often, this is a bit out of date. Helpful, however, for structuring practices and tips for coaching younger players.
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3.0 out of 5 stars pretty basic but enough to get you started April 2, 2015
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If you never played before, and find yourself coaching, give a decent overview, pretty basic but enough to get you started.
Has some basic outlines for practices and drills. But sections on dealing with parents not really what I was looking for.
Had hoped for some more ideas for game strategies, not so much.
Most useful for someone coaching younger ages, maybe up to 5th or 6th grade.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review "Lax for Dummies" November 18, 2013
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Lots of good & common sense tips, but some were obvious and didn't need elaborate explanation. Was hoping for more ideas for drills than philosophy of coaching (that the sport should be fun, with which I agree anyway). Great service.
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