Coaching 6-and-Under Soccer

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"Scott and David have done a fantastic job getting into the psyche of these very young players. What I really love is their emphasis on FUN, and that kids learn by DOING. This book will make a great extra assistant as you prepare for your season."—Bobby Clark, Head Soccer Coach, University of Notre Dame; author of the best-selling Coaching Youth Soccer: The Baffled Parent's Guide

Coach. You're the new coach of your child's soccer team, and you're not sure how to teach your ...

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Overview

"Scott and David have done a fantastic job getting into the psyche of these very young players. What I really love is their emphasis on FUN, and that kids learn by DOING. This book will make a great extra assistant as you prepare for your season."—Bobby Clark, Head Soccer Coach, University of Notre Dame; author of the best-selling Coaching Youth Soccer: The Baffled Parent's Guide

Coach. You're the new coach of your child's soccer team, and you're not sure how to teach your players the fundamentals of soccer while also ensuring they have fun. Don't panic—Coaching 6-and-Under Soccer is here to help.

Coaching 6-and-Under Soccer offers straightforward advice, tips, and techniques, including reward-based games and drills; your first six practices in an easy-to-photocopy format; and how to teach soccer basics to 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds in ways that are fun for you and your players. This complete tool kit for a new coach includes:

  • The twelve easy-to-run drills that work best with young soccer players
  • How to keep your young players happy and active while they learn
  • How to make parents your best assistants and supporters
  • How to keep the focus where it belongs—not on winning or losing, but on having fun
  • How to have a terrific time coaching young players

"Coaching 6-and-Under Soccer shows you how to teach your young players the right way—through lively games that encourage kids to use their creativity and self-expression when playing."—Brandi Chastain, Olympic and World Cup Soccer Champion; author of It's Not About the Bra: Play Hard, Play Fair, and Put the Fun Back into Competitive Sports

"I have no doubt that young players will come to love the game of soccer if their coaches follow the simple, straightforward advice in this book."—Anson Dorrance, Head Women's Soccer Coach, University of North Carolina; author of The Vision of a Champion: Advice and Inspiration from the World's Most Successful Women's Soccer Coach

"I highly recommend this terrific book to coaches who want to instill good sportsmanship and the love of the game in their young players while building a solid foundation in basic soccer skills and teamwork."—Jeremy Gunn, Head Men's Soccer Coach, Fort Lewis College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071456289
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/15/2005
  • Series: Baffled Parent's Guides
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 976,251
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

David Williams heads the four- and five-year-old division of the summer soccer camps sponsored by Fort Lewis College, in Durango, Colorado.

Scott Graham is an author, journalist, father, and coach of young soccer players.

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Table of Contents

IntroductionAbout This Book1. Coaching Young Players Is DifferentSteep Learning CurveYour Critical RoleKeeping Fun ForemostThe Sport of Choice2. Fun-Focused Practices and GamesControlled TouchingSimplicity ItselfToo Easy? Competition Creativity and Positive ReinforcementCoed or Not Coed? 3. The Game of Soccer for Young PlayersSoccer for Young PlayersAcademy CoachingSquad AssignmentsContinuing to Limit Player NumbersA 6-and-Under Soccer PrimerOther RulesFighting for Your Players4. Off the FieldManaging Parents' ExpectationsDelegating Parental DutiesRecruiting a Parent HelperThe End-of-Season CelebrationTrophies5. On the FieldYour Players' Equipment NeedsYour Equipment for PracticesYour Equipment for GamesChoosing a Team Name6. Behavioral Challenges of Young PlayersDiscipline7. Game DayGone in an InstantLittle LearningWinning and LosingGame-Day ResponsibilitiesRefereeingWho Won? 8. Basic Ball-Control Skills and the Red Light/Green Light DrillWhy Red Light/Green Light? Mastering Several Basic Skills through One DrillDrill 1: Red Light/Green LightBasic Ball-Control SkillsSkill 1: Dribbling with the Inside of the Foot and Stopping the Ball by Stepping on ItSkill 2: Dribbling with SpeedSkill 3: Changing Direction with the Inside of the Foot, or "Cutting" the BallSkill 4: The Pull TurnSkill 5: Receiving the BallSkill 6: Juggling the Ball9. Eleven More Drills and Four More SkillsDrill 2: Bulldozers and BuildersDrill 3: Follow the LeaderDrill 4: SwitchDrill 5: Alligator PitDrill 6: Trash DaySkill 7: Kicking with the Instep, or ShootingDrill 7: Elmer FuddDrill 8: Star WarsSkill 8: Passing with the Inside of the FootDrill 9: Crab SoccerDrill 10: Sharks and MinnowsDrill 11: Steal the BaconSkill 9: Receiving the Ball on the GroundDrill 12: Freeze TagSkill 10: Shielding the Ball10. Your First Six PracticesHighly StructuredBefore PracticeDuring PracticeAfter Practice4- and 5-Year-Old Practice SessionsFirst Six Practices for 4- and 5-Year-OldsSpecifics for 5- and 6-Year-Old Practice SessionsFirst Six Practices for 5- and 6-Year-OldsAfter Your First Six PracticesParent/Player ScrimmagesThe End of the SeasonAppendixSkills Troubleshooting ChartResourcesIndexAcknowledgmentsAbout the Authors

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