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Product Details

  • Series: The Coaching Bible Series
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (August 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736044116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736044110
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Since its establishment in 1922, the American Football Coaches Association has provided a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football and coaching. It also works to maintain the highest possible standards in football and the coaching profession. These objectives—first declared by founders Major Charles Daly, Alonzo Stagg, John Heisman, and others—have been instrumental in the AFCA's becoming the effective and highly respected organization it is today.

The AFCA now has more than 10,000 members, including coaches from Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, and Russia. Through annual publications and several newsletters, the association keeps members informed of the most current rule changes and proposals, proper coaching methods, innovations in techniques, insights in coaching philosophy, and business conducted by the board of trustees and AFCA committees. A convention is held each January to give members a special opportunity to exchange ideas and recognize outstanding achievement.

The association promotes safety in the sport and establishes strong ethical and moral codes that govern all aspects of football coaching. In addition, the AFCA is involved in numerous programs that ensure the integrity of the coaching profession and enhance the development of the game. The AFCA works closely with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the National Football League, the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Pop Warner, and other organizations involved in the game of football. Indeed, one of the goals of the association is to build a strong coalition of football coaches—Team AFCA—who speak out with a unified voice on issues that affect the sport and profession.

The AFCA is the team of the football coaching profession. All current and former football coaches or administrators involved with football are encouraged to join. For more information about becoming a member of the AFCA, please visit the AFCA Web site (www.afca.com) or write to the following address:

American Football Coaches Association
100 Legends Lane
Waco, TX 76706
(254) 754-9900

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to improve their coaching skills.
Joe McMinamen
So good I stop reading the kindle version and ordered the printed version so I could take notes and copy the play so I could use them.
Jay Thomson
For me I liked the different perspectives but the book as a whole wasn't as cohesive as it could have been.
A. Gaige

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
I just finished my first year of coaching high school football and I wanted to read as much as I could before next season started. I found the bible. This book has everything you need if you want to be a coach at any level. Personally it was a great starting point to building my own philosophy on coaching and really made me look at all that goes into being called "coach". I recommend this book to anyone, whether it's your first or thirtieth year on the job, that wants to hear from the greats about the game. A fantastic read!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By RogerT on June 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book quite a bit. My boy finished football season a while ago and I decided to get more involved for this upcoming season by coaching. The details and strageties were solid and very applicable. For someone like me that had an athletic backgroud but no coaching experience, I found the information quite useful.

I would call this a "cookbook" for new coaches. Something anyone can follow.

I would recommend this.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By sombody on February 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Football Coaching Bible brings together a collection of articles and speeches by successful coaches from all levels. Whether you are looking for guidance on how to teach leadership, how to build (or re-build) a program from the ground up, or some talk on X's and O's, this book has it covered. Bill Snyder's chapter is particularly great, and has helped me to apply focus to my life in areas other than coaching. His story at K State is amazing.

This book does help a bit with basic nomenclature for brand new coaches. However it mostly assumes a basic understanding of certain things. The beginning coach may have to do some digging to find out exactly what some of the terms mean.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Gaige on November 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm probably like most who pick up this book in that I was looking into coaching for fun. My sons are going out for football and the team needs a coaching assistance. I thought maybe it was for me and I wanted to get more information. This is a good general reference but it it is important to point out each chapter is written by a different coach. This can be a good thing or bad thing depending on what you're looking for. For me I liked the different perspectives but the book as a whole wasn't as cohesive as it could have been. Good for begining coaches I think as well as coaches with some experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David on December 10, 2010
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This book doesn't have the greatest Xs and Os. It doesn't plan workouts or practice schedules. But it prepares you to coach like no other book I've read before...or since.

This book talks about why people coach. It takes a philosophical approach, and I think it's especially helpful for new coaches (like I was when I first read it) to prepare for all the things that you may not necessarily be prepared for, for things that you may not even know you SHOULD be prepared for.

I've read a few coaching books in the last few years, both for strategy and philosophy. This is the only football coaching book I didn't get tired of reading. I would recommend this to any coach, aspiring or veteran, to keep close to them at all times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jon Chadwell on June 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
Coaching is much more than x vs o. This is the book every new coach should begin with. "Nuff Said."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Al B on March 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Good book but i would i have liked to see more depth and a variety of analysis on the X's and O's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Devin on October 22, 2009
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This is a solid text covering various topics on football. This is a book that every football coach should pick up. I like the idea of being taught basic concepts by some of the best coaches at the college level.
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