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Great Soccer Drills (Baffled Parent's Guides)by Tom Fleck
Synopses & Reviews
"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.
"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
This paperback original is a games-based alternative to tedious rote exercises, guaranteed to keep practices fun, engaging, and productive.
A resource for soccer coaches of six- to 12-year-olds. It presents advice on creating the right blend of drills, and then offers the keys to holding the attention of the players. There is a troubleshooting chart, along with 125 simple games that teach passing, movement, dribbling and shooting.
A PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
A games-based alternative to tedious rote exercises, guaranteed to keep practices fun, engaging, and productive
Great Soccer Drills provides soccer coaches with a great way to make every soccer practice active, fun, and productive. Coaches get 125 games guaranteed to keep kids moving and excited while teaching them basic skills, sharpening their reflexes, and building their confidence and decision-making ability. Written by two of North America's foremost names in youth soccer coaching, it also includes guidelines on how to create just the right blend of drills to hold the attention of six- to twelve-year-old players.
Great Soccer Drills can be used in conjunction with the bestselling Coaching Youth Soccer: A Baffled Parent's Guide or as an excellent stand-alone resource for spicing up any practice.
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.
Table of Contents
From Parent to Coach
The Game/Activity Approach
How to Use This Book
Who We Are
1. Coaching 101
Understanding the Development of Players
Essential Concepts: From Theory to Practice
Developing a Philosophy of Coaching
2. Organizing Practices
The Three Ls: Lines, Laps, and Lectures
Involving Players and Parents
Establishing a Practice Plan
Questions and Answers
3. Ballnastic Warm-Up Activities
Individual Ballnastic Activities
Competitive and Cooperative Exercises in Pairs
4. Body Awareness Games and Activities
Individual Body Awareness
Body Awareness in Pairs
Small-Group Body Awareness
5. Maze Games and Activities
6. Target Games and Activities
About the Authors
What Our Readers Are Saying
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