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The soccer starter : your guide to coaching young players
Summers, William C., 1959-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2002]

Physical Description:
x, 190 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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GV943.8 .S86 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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.

Author Notes

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.

Table of Contents

Tables and Figuresp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1. Soccer: One Sport Fits Allp. 5
2. Learning How to Play the Ballp. 22
3. Basic Skills with the Ballp. 34
4. Basic Skills Without the Ballp. 62
5. The Field Positionsp. 69
6. The Goalkeeperp. 73
7. Six Keys to Smart Playp. 83
8. Encourage Creativityp. 88
9. Restartsp. 91
10. Running a Practicep. 97
11. Drills for Teams and Individualsp. 123
12. Coaching a Matchp. 156
13. The 10 Most Important Things a Coach Can Dop. 162
Appendix A Common Questions and Answersp. 169
Appendix B Ten Quick Tipsp. 179
Glossaryp. 183
Indexp. 189