Once nobody noticed Santa Rosa's Thunder. They were a ragtag team of girls who wanted to play soccer, and no one took them seriously. Their male coach expected little from his "ladies, " and their mediocre performance convinced them he was right.
Then a kind of miracle happened. Emiria Salzmann, Thunder's new coach, a top player herself, knew what it took to win--discipline, relentless drills, thigh-burning sprints, and an inspired passing game. The girls hated it, but their coach never let up. Tough and determined, she showed them what it felt like to be winners--and they loved it. As the momentum grew with a string of victories, the girls thrived on the competition, believing they had the right stuff to become champions.
They were right! With spirits soaring, Thunder won its league on the last day of the season and headed for the state cup, emerging not just as powerful athletes but as strong, confident, emotionally healthy human beings--champions in the game of soccer, and in the game of life.
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This book has documented an inspiring story. As the soccer team struggles through all the set backs, the players and the coach both grew tastically and emontionally. I would have given this book 5 stars if I have not read the two chapters. (But don't miss the last page.) The story itself is 5 stars for sure. Sometimes, the 16 players can be confusing. But it's not hard to remember them with their faces on the book's cover. I would personally recommend this book to any coach in any sport. Male or Female. (But for male readers, beware of the purple cover. Reading a purple book in public will draw some attention.) From my own 3yr of coaching exp, it's hard to draw the fine line when to be tough or just a friend. This book gives me a baseline on when to be tough as a coach.
Littman's story of the 16 club soccer players from Santa Rosa is an excellent read for anyone with competitive soccer players. The book details the ups and downs of club soccer as the girls develop both on and off the field.
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THIS IS THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD! It is inspiring and not only teaches you about soccer, but life in general. Littman is a genius!