The Baffled Parents Guide to Great Soccer Drills (Baffled Parent's Guides Series)

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"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 ...

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Overview

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071384889
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/25/2002
  • Series: Baffled Parent's Guides Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 967,861
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

IntroductionFrom Parent to CoachThe Game/Activity ApproachHow to Use This BookWho We Are1. Coaching 101Understanding the Development of PlayersAge-Specific CoachingEssential Concepts: From Theory to PracticeDeveloping a Philosophy of Coaching2. Organizing PracticesThe Three Ls: Lines, Laps, and LecturesInvolving Players and ParentsGetting StartedForming GroupsEstablishing a Practice PlanSample PracticesTroubleshooting ChartQuestions and Answers3. Ballnastic Warm-Up ActivitiesIndividual Ballnastic ActivitiesCompetitive and Cooperative Exercises in Pairs4. Body Awareness Games and ActivitiesIndividual Body AwarenessBody Awareness in PairsSmall-Group Body Awareness5. Maze Games and Activities6. Target Games and ActivitiesAppendixSkills IndexIndexAcknowledgmentsAbout the Authors

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2005

    Excellent activities for practice sessions

    Ron Quin taught my National Youth License. I used the activities in this book with my U6, u8, and U12 teams. They were all age appropriate. The kids had a great time. This book has an index where if you have something you want to work on there are activities that the kids can perform to improve the desired skill or be exposed to the tactical concept. I think the more you know about soccer the more you will benefit from the book. Still, I think it is written for the new youth coach so everyone can benefit from it.

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