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So You Think You Can Coach Kids?: Helps you answer that question with a confident—but humble—yes! Paperback – March 26, 2014
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About the Author
Sharkie Zartman MS BS, All-American Athlete, Speaker
Sharkie Zartman knows volleyball. A US national champion, former member of the World University Games Team, and five-year WPVA beach volleyball professional, Zartman is also a member of the California Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame, El Camino Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Community College Coaches Hall of Fame and had her jersey retired at UCLA. With her BS in kinesiology and MS in instructional technology, Zartman went on to become a professor of health and fitness at El Camino College in Torrance, California, where she also coached the women's volleyball team to nine conference and two state titles. Zartman and her husband, who is also a volleyball professional, went on to coach their daughters, and the Spoilers Junior Volleyball Club was born.
Zartman shares what she learned to help other coaches in this book, So You Think You Can Coach Kids? She has authored other books including: Youth Volleyball; The Guide for Coaches and Parents, Shark Sense: Take on Aging as a Sport, Have Fun Getting Fit, and Empowered Aging.
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My reviews usually start by hi-lighting the big WOW revelations. The descriptions of the many 'hats' a coach wears such as teacher, role model, motivator, disciplinarian, manager, and sometimes substitute parent, brought back a variety of personal experiences as a player, coach and parent. I found I was hi-lighting the whole book so I just focused the hi-lighter on buzz words such as: life lessons, fundamentals, teamwork, self esteem, competition, boundaries.
Before too long I had forgotten the hi-lighter completely captured , just enjoying the book. Descriptions of parents and officials are not only hilarious and true, but very enlightening as to what to expect as a youth sports coach.
The funny thing, a lot of the lessons in this book I find still apply to professional athletes. Sometimes they come to me defeated and broken. Once reminded of all the life skills they have acquired along the path of their athletic career, their chins pick up their eyes light up, and back to the champion their parents once dreamed.