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Coaching Kids to Play Soccer

Coaching Kids to Play Soccer

Everything You Need to Know to Coach Kids from 6 to 16

COACHES AND PARENTS OF SOCCER PLAYERS OF ALL LEVELS, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!

Revised and updated with new information, drills, diagrams, and photos, this friendly, easy-to-use, fully illustrated guide shows coaches how to run a successful soccer team -- no matter how much experience they have or what level of soccer they coach. From building a roster to making sure everyone has a ride home at the end of the game and everything in between:

• SETTING UP THE FIRST PRACTICE
• TEACHING THE BASICS
• DEVELOPING SKILL THROUGH DRILLS AND EXERCISES
• LEARNING THE RULES
• ENCOURAGING FAIR PLAY AND HEALTHY COMPETITION

Emphasizing that kids should have fun, stay active, and learn about team spirit and competition, win or lose, the authors detail every step of building a soccer team that plays well and plays healthy, while having a great time.

Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to the game, Coaching Kids to Play Soccer has the answers to every coach's questions. Don't start the season without it!
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 192 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416546726 | 
  • September 2007
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Chapter 1

IT'S ALL YOURS, COACH

A simple, important, sobering fact needs to be stated at the outset: as a youth soccer coach you have a huge responsibility to everyone on the team. Not only do these youngsters want to learn soccer from you, but they also want to win, want to score some goals -- and they don't want to be yelled at. Your impact is rivaled only by that of the parent, and in certain circumstances, it surpasses that influence. You will find that your kids want to please you more than anyone else, and this simple fact can place tremendous pressure on you. It should guide your every action.

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About the Authors

Jim San Marco

Jim San Marco was a teacher, athletic director, and coach at Edgemont High School in Scarsdale, New York, who finished his eighteen-year soccer coaching career with a 211-67-24 soccer record. He was recognized as the Section I Soccer Coach of the Year, New York State Section I Athletic Director of the Year, and he has served as a New York State soccer coaching clinician and a New York State Physical Education Convention speaker. He lives in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

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Kurt Aschermann

Kurt Aschermann is currently helping to launch Charity Partners, a firm that creates fund-raising platforms for national charities, and he is a sought-after speaker, workshop leader, and consultant. A physical educator and coach, Kurt is also coauthor of Coaching Kids to Play Baseball and Softball, also published by Fireside. He is a graduate of Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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