The Baffled Parent's Guide to Coaching 6-and-Under Soccer

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Date

August 5, 2005

Format

Mixed media product, 144 pages

ISBN

0071456287 / 9780071456289

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Your Price

16.95



Overview


Main description

"Scott and David have done a fantastic job getting into the psyche of these very young players. What I really love is their emphasis on FUN, and that kids learn by DOING. This book will make a great extra assistant as you prepare for your season."—Bobby Clark, Head Soccer Coach, University of Notre Dame; author of the best-selling Coaching Youth Soccer: The Baffled Parent's Guide

Coach. You're the new coach of your child's soccer team, and you're not sure how to teach your players the fundamentals of soccer while also ensuring they have fun. Don't panic—Coaching 6-and-Under Soccer is here to help.

Coaching 6-and-Under Soccer offers straightforward advice, tips, and techniques, including reward-based games and drills; your first six practices in an easy-to-photocopy format; and how to teach soccer basics to 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds in ways that are fun for you and your players. This complete tool kit for a new coach includes:

  • The twelve easy-to-run drills that work best with young soccer players
  • How to keep your young players happy and active while they learn
  • How to make parents your best assistants and supporters
  • How to keep the focus where it belongs—not on winning or losing, but on having fun
  • How to have a terrific time coaching young players

"Coaching 6-and-Under Soccer shows you how to teach your young players the right way—through lively games that encourage kids to use their creativity and self-expression when playing."—Brandi Chastain, Olympic and World Cup Soccer Champion; author of It's Not About the Bra: Play Hard, Play Fair, and Put the Fun Back into Competitive Sports

"I have no doubt that young players will come to love the game of soccer if their coaches follow the simple, straightforward advice in this book."—Anson Dorrance, Head Women's Soccer Coach, University of North Carolina; author of The Vision of a Champion: Advice and Inspiration from the World's Most Successful Women's Soccer Coach

"I highly recommend this terrific book to coaches who want to instill good sportsmanship and the love of the game in their young players while building a solid foundation in basic soccer skills and teamwork."—Jeremy Gunn, Head Men's Soccer Coach, Fort Lewis College


Table of contents

Introduction About This Book 1. Coaching Young Players Is Different Steep Learning Curve Your Critical Role Keeping Fun Foremost The Sport of Choice 2. Fun-Focused Practices and Games Controlled Touching Simplicity Itself Too Easy? Competition Creativity and Positive Reinforcement Coed or Not Coed? 3. The Game of Soccer for Young Players Soccer for Young Players Academy Coaching Squad Assignments Continuing to Limit Player Numbers A 6-and-Under Soccer Primer Other Rules Fighting for Your Players 4. Off the Field Managing Parents' Expectations Delegating Parental Duties Recruiting a Parent Helper The End-of-Season Celebration Trophies 5. On the Field Your Players' Equipment Needs Your Equipment for Practices Your Equipment for Games Choosing a Team Name 6. Behavioral Challenges of Young Players Discipline 7. Game Day Gone in an Instant Little Learning Winning and Losing Game-Day Responsibilities Refereeing Who Won? 8. Basic Ball-Control Skills and the Red Light/Green Light Drill Why Red Light/Green Light? Mastering Several Basic Skills through One Drill Drill 1: Red Light/Green Light Basic Ball-Control Skills Skill 1: Dribbling with the Inside of the Foot and Stopping the Ball by Stepping on It Skill 2: Dribbling with Speed Skill 3: Changing Direction with the Inside of the Foot, or "Cutting" the Ball Skill 4: The Pull Turn Skill 5: Receiving the Ball Skill 6: Juggling the Ball 9. Eleven More Drills and Four More Skills Drill 2: Bulldozers and Builders Drill 3: Follow the Leader Drill 4: Switch Drill 5: Alligator Pit Drill 6: Trash Day Skill 7: Kicking with the Instep, or Shooting Drill 7: Elmer Fudd Drill 8: Star Wars Skill 8: Passing with the Inside of the Foot Drill 9: Crab Soccer Drill 10: Sharks and Minnows Drill 11: Steal the Bacon Skill 9: Receiving the Ball on the Ground Drill 12: Freeze Tag Skill 10: Shielding the Ball 10. Your First Six Practices Highly Structured Before Practice During Practice After Practice 4- and 5-Year-Old Practice Sessions First Six Practices for 4- and 5-Year-Olds Specifics for 5- and 6-Year-Old Practice Sessions First Six Practices for 5- and 6-Year-Olds After Your First Six Practices Parent/Player Scrimmages The End of the Season Appendix Skills Troubleshooting Chart Resources Index Acknowledgments About the Authors


Author comments

David Williams heads the four- and five-year-old division of the summer soccer camps sponsored by Fort Lewis College, in Durango, Colorado.

Scott Graham is an author, journalist, father, and coach of young soccer players.


Back cover copy

"Scott and David have done a fantastic job getting into the psyche of these very young players. What I really love is their emphasis on FUN, and that kids learn by DOING. This book will make a great extra assistant as you prepare for your season."—Bobby Clark, Head Soccer Coach, University of Notre Dame; author of the best-selling Coaching Youth Soccer: The Baffled Parent's Guide

Coach. You're the new coach of your child's soccer team, and you're not sure how to teach your players the fundamentals of soccer while also ensuring they have fun. Don't panic—Coaching 6-and-Under Soccer is here to help.

Coaching 6-and-Under Soccer offers straightforward advice, tips, and techniques, including reward-based games and drills; your first six practices in an easy-to-photocopy format; and how to teach soccer basics to 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds in ways that are fun for you and your players. This complete tool kit for a new coach includes:

  • The twelve easy-to-run drills that work best with young soccer players
  • How to keep your young players happy and active while they learn
  • How to make parents your best assistants and supporters
  • How to keep the focus where it belongs—not on winning or losing, but on having fun
  • How to have a terrific time coaching young players

"Coaching 6-and-Under Soccer shows you how to teach your young players the right way—through lively games that encourage kids to use their creativity and self-expression when playing."—Brandi Chastain, Olympic and World Cup Soccer Champion; author of It's Not About the Bra: Play Hard, Play Fair, and Put the Fun Back into Competitive Sports

"I have no doubt that young players will come to love the game of soccer if their coaches follow the simple, straightforward advice in this book."—Anson Dorrance, Head Women's Soccer Coach, University of North Carolina; author of The Vision of a Champion: Advice and Inspiration from the World's Most Successful Women's Soccer Coach

"I highly recommend this terrific book to coaches who want to instill good sportsmanship and the love of the game in their young players while building a solid foundation in basic soccer skills and teamwork."—Jeremy Gunn, Head Men's Soccer Coach, Fort Lewis College

David Williams is a lifelong soccer player, a dedicated coach, and an avid student of the game. He currently heads the 4- and 5-year-old division of the summer soccer camps sponsored by Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Scott Graham is an author, journalist, and coach to young soccer players.





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