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The Baffled Parent's Guide to Coaching Youth Soccer Paperback – July 19, 1999
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Survive your first practice and first game *
Match your drills and strategies to age and ability *
Win over problem players--and parents *
Make it fun and rewarding *
Know what to do in game situations *
Be the coach you never had *
Reach all your players *
Generate enthusiasm *
Work with girls and boys *
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From the Back Cover
"Whether you are baffled or not, you'll find this book essential reading."--Jim Sheldon, Executive Director, National Soccer Coaches Association of America
Coaching is simply another word for teaching."--Bobby Clark
Coach. You thought you were just going to sign up your child for the youth league. Now here you are a newly appointed coach. You didn't ask for it, but it happened anyway. Now you need help.
Don't despair. This complete guidebook will not only get you through it but will help you become the coach you'd like to be--the coach who can give those kids the sports experience they deserve. You've already taken a big step: you said "yes" to this important commitment. Congratulations. You'll have a great time, and Bobby Clark is here to help.
- Survive your first practice and first game
- Win over problem players--and parents
- Know what to do in game situations
- Reach all your players
- Work with girls and boys
- Match your drills and strategies to age and ability
- Make it fun and rewarding
- Be the coach you never had
- Generate enthusiasm
- Improve your players and your team
"Few people can compare to Bobby Clark as a player and a teacher of the game. It only makes sense that few books on coaching can compare to this book."--Mike Berticelli, Head Coach, University of Notre Dame Men's Soccer Team
"A valuable read for developing the next generation of American soccer stars."--Dr. Doug Semark, American Youth Soccer Organization
Top Customer Reviews
We tried out Bobby Clark's methods starting halfway through a rather disappointing season, and saw it start to pay off within 4 weeks. Our kids stopped looking at the ball in games and started going after it instead, and they were clearly having more fun in practice. Even if you don't use exactly his drills - and he has some excellent ones - you can and should apply his philosophy.
This is a good book for anyone's soccer library, but is particularly helpful for new coaches and coaches of younger players.
On the back cover it states, 'Be the coach you wanted to play for'. Well here it is. Kids LOVE the games and they'll be showing up to practice running and smiling!
5*'s aren't high enough. Also recommend the second book by Tom Fleck and Ron Quinn
I think this book is a must for EVERY coach, and EVERY parent. As I moved through the chapters I was continually amazed that someone could make coaching seem so easy, so fun. In addition there is also a lot of common sense approaches on how to handle difficult situations that a coach will face, including playing time, parent input, gender issues etc. I feel like I am armed with a coaching weapon. I can't wait for next season.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for parents that want to get some insight about how to coach a youth soccer team.Published 11 months ago by Tcoenen
This book saved me on my first year as a soccer coach. I was told my son couldn't play unless I couched. Soccer is the sport I knew the least about at the time. Read morePublished 14 months ago by M. Waldron
I've played soccer my whole life, but coaching is another animal entirely. I read this book, and the "drills" book by the same author. I would have struggled without them. Read morePublished 23 months ago by G. Taylor
Kick start the baffling experience of coaching youth soccer with an incredible blueprint of what to do and how to do it with one of the finest soccer coaches in America. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Charles Hofheimer