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Great Soccer Drills : The Baffled Parent's Guide Paperback – June 25, 2002
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From the Back Cover
"One of the most useful soccer books I've seen."--Dr. John McKeon, executive director (retired), National Soccer Coaches Association of America
"Young soccer players should be trained in an environment that is safe, fun, and has direct implications for the game. This book has 125 ways to do just that. I strongly recommend it to all parents and coaches."--Bob Gansler, head coach, Kansas City Wizards (2000 MLS Champions)
Did we say "drills"? Sorry, we meant games. That's right. Games that teach them more effectively than the tedious drills you endured as a kid. Games that challenge but do not frustrate them. Games that build rather than undermine a child's confidence and sense of involvement.
Great Soccer Drills contains 125 dynamic games and activities designed to keep your players moving, thinking, and most of all, having fun. The "games approach" to team practices allows you to teach soccer basics like ball control, movement, passing, and shooting while enhancing team communication and decision-making skills. You'll even learn a thing or two about coaching style, and how to make improvement--rather than winning or losing--the goal of your season.
- Learn creative activities that develop skills quickly and painlessly
- Use the Troubleshooting Chart to pinpoint problems
- Develop coordination, cooperation, and camaraderie among your players
- Design effective practices using the sample practices
- Create a positive attitude, build team spirit, and get along with parents
- Make practices fun and rewarding
- Match practices to age and ability
"Since my retirement, I have been coaching youth teams and have found the games approach presented in this book the only way to coach. A must for every youth soccer coach."--Andy Caruso, founder and former president, Kwik Goal
"Already regarded as national authorities on youth coaching and player development, Ron and Tom recently received international recognition when they addressed the European Coaches Association."--Jay Miller, former coach, U-17 National Team
About the Author
Tom Fleck is a former president of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and is currently director of coaching and player development for the Idaho Youth Soccer Association.
Ron Quinn is an associate professor and director of the sport studies program at Xavier University, where he is also head coach of the women's soccer team.
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The key to keeping kids playing and excited about soccer is to make it fun, while building critical skills. I think the authors did an excellent job in accomplishing both. My players enjoyed the activities (don't call 'em drills) I used from this book. I highly recommend this book to any parent thrust into a coaching role. There is great advice on building a practice plan, managing practices, and teaching players.
Anybody want to play Gladiator Ball? I've got a group of U-8's that can take on anyone, anytime, anywhere....
In an "off" year I took the "F" license coaching course from the US Soccer Federation and the book was given to us at the end of the class. Since then, I've bought a copy for each coach I've worked with and have used it at almost every practice to date. Now the kids are having fun AND learning at the same time, whether they are aware of that or not.
No need to explain what's in it, as the "why" of buying it is what matters. I highly recommend this book to all coaches, but particularly those at the rec level. In fact, rec leagues should provide this to ALL of their coach-volunteers, as it will make practices infintely more fun and might even help raise the performance bar of American soccer players in the long run.
But most of the drills are too silly, even for 4 and 5 year olds. Playing It and Tag and Follow the Leader are not the types of drills I was looking for.