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The Baffled Parent's Guide to Coaching Youth Soccer Paperback – July 19, 1999
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From the Inside Flap
"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 annointed 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 *
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 *
Improve your players and your team Boys Soccer
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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
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This is the BEST book I've seen on an intro to coaching soccer for someone who is relatively new to the sport. If you're a parent who's been dragooned into assisting or coaching your kid's youth team, this book plus the USSF website resources for youth coaches are the best info you can get your hands on. Clark has an outstanding reputation as a coach (Stanford and Notre Dame in the US, National team programs in a couple of countries, played for Sir Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen in the Scottish League). So he knows his stuff. But more importantly, he knows how to coach kids and more important still, he knows what to say to a parent who didn't grow up playing soccer seriously and/or has never coached soccer. Just because you coached Little League Baseball or played basketball through middle and high school doesn't mean you're prepared to coach a youth soccer team. Lots of great tips on organizing practices, what skills to emphasize, how to teach those skills, how to deal with youngsters with various levels of motivation. I can't think of a better intro resource for a new coach or someone relatively new to the sport. GET THIS BOOK-- you won't regret it.
(BTW—I've got 4th grade boys, 9-10yo, in a rec league; not your most talented or driven bunch, but a lot of fun.)
The book contains a lot of information about the administration of coaching - planning, calling, communication, control of practices, etc., - as well as the techniques. The books contains a nice summary of the rules, different coaching styles, dealing with gender issues, and more. The table of contents is a accurate over-view as to the contents of the book.
I had heard about this book while taking my "E" certificate course. The instructor and one of the other students recommended it because - and this is the real benefit of the book - the drills, games, and activities, listed at the back of the book. The book gives some nice practices plans and skills and drills to work on with the kids and because of the drills at the back of the book, the book continues to be a valuable reference tool.
One thing that I thought was missing is what to expect from soccer players at each age. I know that everyone is different, but I thought a nice overall guide as to what to expect from U11 Girls, for example, would be nice.