Synopses & Reviews
This guide to coaching female athletes of all ages shows how to build a team and provides invaluable advice on the differences between coaching males and females. The authors include exercises that foster teamwork and develop essential skills. They also answer parents' most common questions, such as how to tell if the coach is doing a good job and what to do if a child wants to quit. Filled with stories about the Olympic and World Cup championship teams, this useful handbook is infused throughout with DiCicco's philosophy that at every level playing soccer (or any sport) is about "playing hard, playing fair, playing to win, and having fun."
"An invaluable tool for coaches of all levels." (Michelle Akers, Two-Time World Cup Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, and FIFA Player of the Century)
About the Author
Tony DiCicco coached the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team to the Gold Medal in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the World Cup Championship in 1999. He is currently the commissioner of the Women's United Soccer Association.
Dr. Colleen Hacker is the sport psychology consultant for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team and a professor at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.
Charles Salzberg is a magazine journalist and the author of more than fifteen books.
Table of Contents
Catch Them Being Good Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. My Coaching Philosophy
Chapter 2. Girls Sweat Too: The New Model of the Champion
Chapter 3. Coaching the Young Athlete
Chapter 4. Tryouts: Creating Your Team
Chapter 5. "Chemistry" Is a Verb
Chapter 6. Eyes on the Prize
Chapter 7. Catch Them Being Good
Chapter 8. Inner Winner, Outer Champion: Developing Self-esteem
Chapter 9. Feedback Is the Breakfast of Champions: Communicating with Your Team
Chapter 10. From Survive to Thrive
Chapter 11. Failure as Fertilizer
Chapter 12. Act As If
Chapter 13. Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
Chapter 14. Is It Pressure or Is It Opportunity?
Chapter 15. The Power of One
Chapter 16. Players', Parents', and Coaches' Boot Camp: What to Do in the Off-Season