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The Baffled Parent's Guide to Coaching Youth Soccer [NOOK Book]


"Whether you are baffled or not, you'll find this book essential reading."--­­Jim Sheldon, Executive Director, National Soccer Coaches Association of America

Coaching is simply another word for teaching."--Bobby Clark

Coach. You thought you were just going to sign up your child for the youth league. Now...

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The Baffled Parent's Guide to Coaching Youth Soccer

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"Whether you are baffled or not, you'll find this book essential reading."--­­Jim Sheldon, Executive Director, National Soccer Coaches Association of America

Coaching is simply another word for teaching."--Bobby Clark

Coach. You thought you were just going to sign up your child for the youth league. Now here you are a newly appointed coach. You didn't ask for it, but it happened anyway. Now you need help.

Don't despair. This complete guidebook will not only get you through it but will help you become the coach you'd like to be--­­the coach who can give those kids the sports experience they deserve. You've already taken a big step: you said "yes" to this important commitment. Congratulations. You'll have a great time, and Bobby Clark is here to help.

  • Survive your first practice and first game

  • Win over problem players--and parents

  • Know what to do in game situations

  • Reach all your players

  • Work with girls and boys

  • Match your drills and strategies to age and ability

  • Make it fun and rewarding

  • Be the coach you never had

  • Generate enthusiasm

  • Improve your players and your team

"Few people can compare to Bobby Clark as a player and a teacher of the game. It only makes sense that few books on coaching can compare to this book."­­--Mike Berticelli, Head Coach, University of Notre Dame Men's Soccer Team

"A valuable read for developing the next generation of American soccer stars."--­­Dr. Doug Semark, American Youth Soccer Organization

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071640695
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 8/9/1999
  • Series: Baffled Parent's Guides
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 562,819
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

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 Bradley

Preface: Fitba' is King


1. Creating An Atmosphere of Good Habits

Establishing Yourself as Coach

Drills to Promote Good Habits on the Field

Questions and Answers

2. Before Hitting the Field: Soccer in a Nutshell

How Many on a Team?

Basic Rules

Modified Field Size and Rules

3. Setting Up the Season

Get Some Help

Meet the Parents

Establish Your Policies

Uniforms and Equipment

Questions and Answers

4. Essential Skills--and How to Teach Them

The Fundamentals

Getting Started

5. The Practice

Preparation Is Key

Format for Practice

6. Sample Practices

Basic Beginning Practice

Advanced Beginner Practice

Intermediate Practice

Advanced Intermediate Practice

Advanced Practice

Questions and Answers

7. Game Time

Rules of the Game

Game Basics

Running the Game

Taking Stock

Questions and Answers

8. Dealing with Parents and Gender Issues

The Role of the Parents

Addressing Gender Issues

Questions and Answers

9. Games and Drills


Ball Handling

Passing and Receiving

Ball Control




Attacking and Defending


Official Soccer Field Features

Referee Signals




About the Author
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