The Baffled Parent's Guide to Coaching Youth Soccer

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August 9, 1999


Paperback, 160 pages

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0071346082 / 9780071346085


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Written by soccer great and championship Stanford coach Bobby Clark, COACHING YOUTH SOCCER: THE BAFFLED PARENT'S GUIDE tells you how, starting at point zero, an uninitiated coach can meld kids into a team and help them enjoy one of the most rewarding experiences of their youth. (In the end, you may be the one who reaps the biggest reward, as you watch kids learn and grow in an experience they'll treasure for a lifetime.)

Table of contents

Foreword by Bob BradleyPreface: Fitba' is KingIntroduction1. Creating An Atmosphere of Good HabitsEstablishing Yourself as CoachDrills to Promote Good Habits on the FieldQuestions and Answers2. Before Hitting the Field: Soccer in a NutshellHow Many on a Team?Basic RulesModified Field Size and Rules3. Setting Up the SeasonGet Some HelpMeet the ParentsEstablish Your PoliciesUniforms and EquipmentQuestions and Answers4. Essential Skills--and How to Teach ThemThe FundamentalsGetting Started5. The PracticePreparation Is KeyFormat for Practice6. Sample PracticesBasic Beginning PracticeAdvanced Beginner PracticeIntermediate PracticeAdvanced Intermediate PracticeAdvanced PracticeQuestions and Answers7. Game TimeRules of the GameGame BasicsRunning the GameTaking StockQuestions and Answers8. Dealing with Parents and Gender IssuesThe Role of the ParentsAddressing Gender IssuesQuestions and Answers9. Games and DrillsWarm-UpBall HandlingPassing and ReceivingBall ControlShootingHeadingGoalkeepingAttacking and DefendingAppendixOfficial Soccer Field FeaturesReferee SignalsGlossaryResourcesIndexAbout the Author

Author comments

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.

Back cover copy

"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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