The Soccer Starter: Your Guide to Coaching Young Players

The Soccer Starter: Your Guide to Coaching Young Players

by William C. Summers
     
 

Soccer is the fastest growing sport in America: almost nine million children between the ages of six and eleven play, making it second in that age group behind basketball. But because of its only recent explosion in popularity, many coaches are about as inexperienced as the children on their teams.

Directed toward the inexperienced soccer coach, but useful

Overview

Soccer is the fastest growing sport in America: almost nine million children between the ages of six and eleven play, making it second in that age group behind basketball. But because of its only recent explosion in popularity, many coaches are about as inexperienced as the children on their teams.

Directed toward the inexperienced soccer coach, but useful for anyone interested in improving their coaching (and players') abilities, this work addresses both the physical and mental aspects of the game. It provides a detailed overview of the fundamental skills of controlling, shielding, defending, turning, feinting, dribbling, passing, shooting, and defending, and gives keys to smart play and sportsmanship for coaches and players. It also provides tips for: adapting the game to different age groups, structuring and running practices, getting the most out of each match, and answering the most common questions asked by coaches and parents. Illustrations and diagrams supplement the text.

Editorial Reviews

The Charlotte Observer
thousands of parents and volunteers who have never played soccer but find themselves coaching the sport now have a sidekick to help them succeed...gives inexperienced coaches the direction they need...gives answers to the most common questions asked by coaches and parents
Booknews
Summers was captain and Most Valuable Player of the 1981 Cornell U. soccer team, and continues to play in the Garden State (New Jersey) Soccer League. His illustrated guide is designed for the inexperienced soccer coach, but would be useful for anyone wishing to improve their coaching and players' skills. It covers all of the basic skills with and without the ball, field and goalkeeper positions, drills for teams and individuals, running a practice, encouraging creativity, coaching a match, and promoting sportsmanship by coaches and players. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786411870
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/10/2002
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Meet the Author

The captain and Most Valuable Player of the 1981 Cornell University soccer team, William C. Summers continues to play in the Garden State (New Jersey) Soccer League. A consultant in corporate communications, he lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

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