Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer

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You volunteered to coach the soccer team, but are you really ready? How will you teach the fundamental skills, run effective practices, and harness the energy of your young team? Fear not: Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer has the answers.

In Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer, longtime coaches Lindsey and Tim Blom share their experience and provide advice you can rely on from first practice to final game.

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Overview

You volunteered to coach the soccer team, but are you really ready? How will you teach the fundamental skills, run effective practices, and harness the energy of your young team? Fear not: Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer has the answers.

In Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer, longtime coaches Lindsey and Tim Blom share their experience and provide advice you can rely on from first practice to final game.

Develop your players' dribbling, passing, shooting, and goalkeeping skills with the Survival Guide's collection of the game's best youth drills. From basic plays to game-day coaching tips, it's all here—the drills, the plays, the fun.

Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer has everything you need for a rewarding and productive season. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience. It will be one that you won't forget.

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"Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer covers the basic Xs and Os of soccer while alleviating the fears and boosting the confidence of youth soccer coaches."

Jim Schmutz
Development Director of the American Sport Education Program

"As both a parent and a coach, it's hard to imagine a more engaging and useful resource to help with the coaching of young players. Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer is essential for succeeding as a youth soccer coach."

Carin Gabarra
Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion

Amy Tocco
"Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer covers the basic Xs and Os of soccer while alleviating the fears and boosting the confidence of youth soccer coaches."--(Amy Tocco, Executive Director of the American Sport Education Program)
Carin Gabarra
"As both a parent and a coach, it's hard to imagine a more engaging and useful resource to help with the coaching of young players. Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer is essential for succeeding as a youth soccer coach."--(Carin Gabarra, Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736077323
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/13/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 349,390
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lindsey Blom has been involved in soccer for more than 20 years. As a former collegiate and semiprofessional player, she stays active in the game through coaching. She has coached boys and girls for more than 10 years at the recreational, select, high school, and state Olympic developmental levels. During her coaching tenure, she has teamed up with her husband, Tim, on many occasions. Their similar coaching philosophies yet different styles have allowed them to develop athletes who have gone on to compete in college. Lindsey currently teaches in the sport and exercise psychology program at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), carries a USSF D coaching license, and is a certified consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

Tim Blom has had a unique opportunity to see, play, and coach soccer at a variety of levels over 25 years. Tim played soccer at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, and his passion for the game led to his involvement in training and coaching. In Statesboro, he ran clinics for young recreational players, coached boys' and girls' club teams, and served as an assistant high school coach. He also served as the league development coordinator, overseeing player development and coaching education. He and his wife, Lindsey, worked together to win five West Virginia Club State Championships; they followed that with two more club state championships in Mississippi. Tim currently teaches mathematics at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is the head coach of the women's soccer team. His coaching philosophy is based on teaching the life lessons of teamwork, sportsmanship, and hard work while always keeping soccer fun. Tim also has a USSF D coaching license and is a member of the NSCAA.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Help! Where Do I Start?
Chapter 2. Organizing Your Team Practices
Chapter 3. Teaching Dribbling Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 4. Teaching Passing and Receiving Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 5. Teaching Shooting Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 6. Teaching Defensive Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 7. Teaching Goalkeeping Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 8. Teaching Restart and Heading Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 9. Formations and Team Play Basics
Chapter 10. Game Time! What's My Role Again?
Chapter 11. Off-the-Field Issues

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  • Posted December 2, 2009

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    If you coach youth soccer, then this is the book for you!!!

    Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer is a comprehensive and inspiring read for anyone who is involved in coaching youth soccer. This book is a must read for anyone who has found themselves in a position, whether wanted or not, to coach a youth soccer team. Having been a parent in that position, this book provides all the answers to not only help you survive, but also succeed at coaching. Lindsey and Tim are masterful in conveying information that covers all aspects of coaching and they relieve any anxiety with their humor and wit to explain in laymen's terms, what is needed and required to be a successful youth soccer coach. Their detailed approach to explaining the activities that teach the techniques of dribbling, passing, receiving, and shooting, make this an easy read and once done, you will have all the knowledge needed to teach and coach youth soccer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2009

    Exactly what every new coach needs!!!

    Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer is an excellent book for any new coach at all levels of play. This book takes you step by step through the essential technical concepts associated with the basic youth players as well as tactical components of some higher levels of play. Every new coach will benefit from this book. Go Eagles!!!

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    Came at exactly the right time!

    Reading this guide took away the jitters I had before our first rec team practice. The illustrations are great. The humor is first rate and appropriate. Great guide for all of us who are getting into coaching.

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