The Soccer Starter: Your Guide to Coaching Young Players

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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 ...

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About the Book 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. Read more Show Less

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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.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786411870
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/10/2002
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Introduction 1
1 Soccer: One Sport Fits All 5
2 Learning How to Play the Ball 22
3 Basic Skills with the Ball 34
4 Basic Skills Without the Ball 62
5 The Field Positions 69
6 The Goalkeeper 73
7 Six Keys to Smart Play 83
8 Encourage Creativity 88
9 Restarts 91
10 Running a Practice 97
11 Drills for Teams and Individuals 123
12 Coaching a Match 156
13 The 10 Most Important Things a Coach Can Do 162
App. A: Common Questions and Answers 169
App. B: Ten Quick Tips 179
Glossary 183
Index 189
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