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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Soccer (Absolute Beginner's Guides)

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As a parent, it is an exciting and proud day when you watch your children join their first sports team. It is important to you to be involved, which may be leading you to think about coaching. Nervous about the possibility? Don't be! With the Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Soccer, you will quickly and easily learn how to become a successful youth soccer coach. This comprehensive, user-friendly reference guide will help you create a fun and effective learning environment. You have limited practice time and resources, and you need to know how to make the best of them. With this book, you will cover several key concepts that often elude rookie coaches, including:
  • Identifying your role and expectations as a coach
  • Tailoring instruction to meet the varying physical abilities of different age groups
  • Creating a safe playing environment
  • Knowing how to effectively coach during both practices and games
  • Learning how to communicate and form alliances with parents, league administrators, game officials and players
On top of all this great material, we will also provide you with access to a website where you can download practice plans, emergency information cards, injury reports, awards and certificates, and season evaluation forms. Ensure that you and your child's first soccer season are a success with Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Soccer.

About the Author

Tom Hanlon has 19 years of professional writing experience - as a journalist, an editor of two coaching magazines, a curriculum writer for a coaching division of a publishing company, and as a book writer and ghost writer for nationally-prominent authors. Tom ghostwrote Teens Can Make It Happen (Simon and Schuster) for Stedman Graham; this book made the New York Times bestseller list in 2000. He has written all or major portions of 39 other books, including seven sport officiating guides, numerous coaches' guides (including baseball; softball; soccer; basketball; and volleyball, among others), and a wide assortment of related sports titles.

Peter O'Scanaill has played soccer at the high school and college levels as well as professionally for the Golden Eagles in Phoenix, Arizona. He played for, coached, and managed the Long Beach Tigers in California, and has been a player and manager of two over-30 men's teams. He is the travel commissioner for the Westfield Youth Soccer Association's boys travel program. He lives in Indianapolis.

Table of Contents

Introduction

How This Book Is Organized

Special Elements

I. COACHING BASICS

1. Your Coaching Approach

    Your Coaching Philosophy

      Physical Development

      Mental Development

      Emotional Development

      Social Development

      Some Final Thoughts on Your Coaching Philosophy

    10 Attributes of a Good Coach

      Take Your Role Seriously

      Be Comfortable with Being in Charge

      Be Dependable and Stable

      Be Patient

      Be Flexible

      Enjoy Getting to Know Your Players

      Desire to Help Kids Learn and Grow

      Be an Encourager

      Be Willing to Learn

      Have a Sense of Humor

    10 Keys to Being a Good Coach

      Know the Basics of the Sport

      Plan for Your Season and Practices

      Conduct Effective Practices

      Teach Skills and Tactics

      Correct Players in a Way That Helps Them Improve

      Teach and Model Good Sporting Behavior

      Provide for Players' Safety

      Communicate Effectively

      Coach Effectively During Games

      Know What Success Is

      Final Thoughts on the Keys to Being a Good Coach

    What to Expect As a Coach

    What Is Expected of You As a Coach

    Equipment and Insurance

    Last, But Not Least: Why Kids Play Soccer

2. Rules of the Game

    Basic Youth Soccer Rules

      Field

      Equipment

      Game Length

      Players

      Starts and Restarts

      Moving the Ball

      Fouls

      Offside

      Goalkeeping

      Scoring

      Officials

    Terms

    Keep on Learning

    Teaching Rules to Your Players

      Situational Plays

      Practice Games

      Brief Discussions

      Players' Experiences

3. Communication Keys

    10 Keys to Being a Good Communicator

      Know Your Message

      Make Sure You Are Understood

      Deliver Your Message in the Proper Context

      Use Appropriate Emotions and Tones

      Adopt a Healthy Communication Style

      Be Receptive

      Provide Helpful Feedback

      Be a Good Nonverbal Communicator

      Be Consistent

      Be Positive

    Communicating with Parents

      Preseason Meeting or Letter

      Preseason Call

      During the Season

      Be Understanding-and Set Boundaries

      Challenging Situations

    Communicating with League Administrators

      League Information

      Coaches' Meetings and Clinics

      Questions and Concerns

    Communicating with Opponents and Referees

4. Safety Principles

    Communicating the Inherent Risk

    Being Prepared

      CPR/First Aid Training

      Chronic Health Condition Awareness

      First Aid Kit

    Providing Proper Supervision

      Plan Your Practices

      Inspect the Field and Equipment

      Provide Proper Instruction

      Supervise Each Activity

    Responding to Minor Injuries

      Cuts and Scrapes

      Bruises

      Sprains and Strains

    Responding to Emergency Situations

      Heatstroke

      Heat Exhaustion

    Respecting the Weather

      Heat Guidelines

      Lightning Guidelines

      Severe Weather Guidelines

5. Practice Plans

    Planning Your Season

      Purpose

      Tactics and Skills

      Rules

      Adjusting Your Season Plan

      Sample Season Plan

    Planning Practices

      The Best Option: Simultaneous Stations

      Player Safety

      Coaching Instruction and Feedback

      Sample Practice Plan

    Conducting Your First Practice

    12 Keys to Conducting Effective Practices

      1. Be Prepared

      2. Set the Stage

      3. Involve Parents

      4. Be Active

      5. Be Active with a Purpose

      6. Make It Fun

      7. Provide Instruction

      8. Give Feedback

      9. Be Encouraging and Supportive

      10. Promote Teamwork and Camaraderie

      11. Discipline Players As Necessary

      12. Wrap Up the Practice

6. Player Development

    The Process for Teaching Skills and Tactics

      Set the Stage

      Show and Tell 

      Practice the Skill

      Provide Feedback

    Six Keys to Error Correction

      Be Encouraging

      Be Honest

      Be Specific

      Reinforce Correct Technique

      Explain Why the Error Happened

      Watch for Comprehension

7. Game Time!

    The Practice Before the Game

      Game Particulars

      Game Focus

    Before the Game

      Team Warm-up

      Last-minute Words

    During the Game

      Your Approach to the Game

      Player Substitutions

      Appropriate Behavior

    After the Game

      Team Meeting

8. Ingredients of a Successful Season

    A Tale of Two Coaches

    Evaluating Your Season

      Did Your Players Have Fun?

      Did Your Players Learn New Skills and Improve on Previously Learned Skills?

      Did You Help Your Players Understand the Game and Its Rules?

      Did You Communicate Appropriately and Effectively?

      Did You Provide for Your Players' Safety?

      Did You Plan and Conduct Effective Practices?

      Did Your Players Give Maximum Effort in Practices and Games?

      Did Your Players Leave the Games on the Field?

      Did You Leave the Games on the Field?

      Did You Conduct Yourself Appropriately?

      Did You Communicate Effectively with Parents and Involve Them in Positive Ways?

      Did You Coach Appropriately During Games?

      Did You Win with Class and Lose with Dignity?

      Did You Make the Experience Positive, Meaningful, and Fun for Your Players?

II. SKILLS AND TACTICS

9. Offensive Skills and Tactics

    Ball Control

    Dribbling

      Foot and Ball Position

      Head

      Shielding the Ball

      Changing Direction

    Passing

      Inside of the Foot

      Outside of the Foot

      Longer Passes

      A Few Final Notes About Passing

    Receiving

      Receiving with the Foot

      Receiving with the Thigh

      Receiving with the Chest

    Heading

    Shooting

    Formations

      6v6

      8v8 and 11v11

    Support and Space

      Providing Support

      Creating Good Passing Angles

      Passing the Ball into Open Space

    Attacking

    Crossing

    Give-and-Go

    Throw-ins

    Corner Kicks

    Goal Kicks

    Free Kicks

10. Defensive Skills and Tactics

    Basic Concepts

      Winning the Ball

      Getting Behind the Ball

      Jockeying to Buy Time

      Protecting the Danger Zone

      The Closer to the Goal, the Tighter the Marking

      Closing Down the Attacker

      Forwards Play Defense, Too!

    Zone Versus Player-to-Player

    Marking

    Tackling

    Goalkeeping

      Basic Concepts

      Gathering Ground Balls

      Catching Balls in the Air

      Diving

      Distributing the Ball

    Defending Restarts

11. Games and Drills

    Dribbling Games

      Game One

      Game Two

      Game Three

    Passing Games

      Game One

      Game Two

      Game Three

    Receiving Games

      Game One

      Game Two

      Game Three

    Heading Games

      Game One

      Game Two

    Shooting Games

      Game One

      Game Two

      Game Three

    Defensive Games

      Game One

      Game Two

      Game Three

      Game Four

    Offensive Games

      Game One

      Game Two

    Restart Games

      Game One

      Game Two

III. APPENDIXES

A. Sample Letter to Parents

B. Medical Emergency Form

C. Injury Report

D. Season Plan

E. Practice Plan

F. Season Evaluation Form

    1. Did Your Players Have Fun?

    2. -Did Your Players Learn New Skills and Improve on Previously

Learned Skills?

    3. -Did You Help Your Players Understand the Game and Its Rules?

    4. -Did You Communicate Appropriately and Effectively?

    5. Did You Provide for Your Players' Safety?

    6. Did You Plan and Conduct Effective Practices?

    7. -Did Your Players Give Maximum Effort in Practices and Games?

    8. -Did Your Players Leave the Games on the Field?

    9. Did You Leave the Games on the Field?

    10. Did You Conduct Yourself Appropriately?

    11. -Did You Communicate Effectively with Parents and Involve Them

in Positive Ways?

    12. Did You Coach Appropriately During Games?

    13. -Did You Win with Class and Lose with Dignity?

    14. -Did You Make the Experience Positive, Meaningful, and Fun for

Your Players?

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780789733597
Author:
Hanlon, Thomas W
Publisher:
Que
Author:
Hanlon, Tom
Subject:
Soccer for children
Subject:
Coaching
Subject:
Coaching - Soccer
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Soccer for children -- Coaching.
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Absolute Beginner's Guides
Publication Date:
June 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9.1 x 7 x 0.7 in 431 gr

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