Coaching Youth Soccer: A Baffled Parent's Guide

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Written by soccer great and championship Stanford coach Bobby Clark, COACHING YOUTH SOCCER: THE BAFFLED PARENT'S GUIDE tells you how, starting at point zero, an uninitiated coach can meld kids into a team and help them enjoy one of the most rewarding experiences of their youth. (In the end, you may be the one who reaps the biggest reward, as you watch kids learn and grow in an experience they'll treasure for a lifetime.)

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Overview

Written by soccer great and championship Stanford coach Bobby Clark, COACHING YOUTH SOCCER: THE BAFFLED PARENT'S GUIDE tells you how, starting at point zero, an uninitiated coach can meld kids into a team and help them enjoy one of the most rewarding experiences of their youth. (In the end, you may be the one who reaps the biggest reward, as you watch kids learn and grow in an experience they'll treasure for a lifetime.)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780071346085
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/19/1999
  • Series: Baffled Parent's Guides Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 969,511
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Bobby Clark is director of men's and women's soccer at Stanford University, where he coached the men's varsity team to national runner-up in the NCAA Division I for 1998. A former coach of the New Zealand national team and for Dartmouth College, he began his coaching career while playing championship soccer in the Scottish professional league, when he served as youth coach for the Aberdeen Football Club. He honed his positive, teach-through-games approach to coaching soccer over a career that spans nearly 40 years. Bobby now lives on the Stanford campus with his wife, Betty. Their three children, Tommy, Jamie, and Jennifer, have all played or coached soccer professionally.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Bob BradleyPreface: Fitba' is KingIntroduction1. Creating An Atmosphere of Good HabitsEstablishing Yourself as CoachDrills to Promote Good Habits on the FieldQuestions and Answers2. Before Hitting the Field: Soccer in a NutshellHow Many on a Team? Basic RulesModified Field Size and Rules3. Setting Up the SeasonGet Some HelpMeet the ParentsEstablish Your PoliciesUniforms and EquipmentQuestions and Answers4. Essential Skills—and How to Teach ThemThe FundamentalsGetting Started5. The PracticePreparation Is KeyFormat for Practice6. Sample PracticesBasic Beginning PracticeAdvanced Beginner PracticeIntermediate PracticeAdvanced Intermediate PracticeAdvanced PracticeQuestions and Answers7. Game TimeRules of the GameGame BasicsRunning the GameTaking StockQuestions and Answers8. Dealing with Parents and Gender IssuesThe Role of the ParentsAddressing Gender IssuesQuestions and Answers9. Games and DrillsWarm-UpBall HandlingPassing and ReceivingBall ControlShootingHeadingGoalkeepingAttacking and DefendingAppendixOfficial Soccer Field FeaturesReferee SignalsGlossaryResourcesIndexAbout the Author

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