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21. Coaching: A Realistic Perspective
22. Successful Coaching - 3rd Edition
23. Strength and Conditioning for
24. Basketball: Steps to Success -
25. Teaching Character Through Sport:
26. Coaching Baseball For Dummies
27. The Baseball Coaching Bible (The
28. Coaching Youth Basketball - 4th
29. Coaching Pitchers - 3rd Edition
30. Survival Guide for Coaching Youth
31. Foundations of Sports Coaching
32. Sport Mechanics for Coaches -
33. The Double-Goal Coach: Positive
34. The Administrative Side of Coaching:
35. No-How Coaching: Strategies for
36. Coaching Girls' Soccer Successfully
37. Kettlebell Training for Athletes:
38. Coaching Golf Successfully (Coaching
39. Coaching Youth Football: Official
40. Coaching Youth Cricket (Coaching

21. Coaching: A Realistic Perspective
by Ralph J. Sabock
Paperback: 352 Pages (2008-04-18)
list price: US$49.95 -- used & new: US$44.93
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Asin: 0742561569
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Coaching: A Realistic Perspective is the ideal textbook for anyone who is preparing to coach athletics. All aspects of the profession are addressed in a clear and straightforward manner, presented with advice gained from decades of experience. The expanded and updated ninth edition examines the qualities of successful coaches--presenting tools for self-evaluation, recruiting, off-season planning, player and parent expectations of coaches, potential problem areas, and the balance between a coach's work life and personal and family life--a topic often overlooked in other textbooks. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great service
The book was in great condition, and the shipping was fast.I went with the standard delivery but got my book soon then accepted.

5-0 out of 5 stars VERY PROFESSIONAL!
Recently ordered a book for a short term class.Very disappointed that book did not arrive.Unfortunately, beyond the seller's control, a medical emergency occured.When the seller was able, she quickly refunded my purchase and sent me the book at no charge.I know that this was a rare incident and would gladly purchase again just because she went out of her way to make the customer happy...and that, my friends is what returns me to a place of business! ... Read more

22. Successful Coaching - 3rd Edition
by Rainer Martens
Paperback: 508 Pages (2004-04-07)
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Asin: 0736040129
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Being a successful coach is not just about Xs and Os and winning games. It’s about coaching young people to become successful athletes—and successful human beings. But unless you already have the teaching skills of an educator, the training expertise of a physiologist, the administrative leadership of a business executive, and the counseling wisdom of a psychologist, you will rely on this third edition of Successful Coaching to discover how to excel as a coach.

Successful Coaching offers an in-depth introduction to the coaching profession and is specifically written for the high school and serious club coach. Integrating the latest sport science research with practical knowledge acquired by highly experienced coaches, this book features new sections on sportsmanship, coaching diverse athletes, managing athletes’ behavior, preventing and addressing drug and alcohol abuse, and coaching using the games approach. Five sections serve as the foundation for the book:

  • Principles of Coaching emphasizes the value of a coaching philosophy and how to achieve the three major objectives of coaching: create a team of winners; help young people have fun; and motivate young people to develop physical, psychological, and social skills. Featured is a new chapter devoted to coaching diverse athletes, in which coaches learn about developmental differences in youth, cultural and gender differences, and differences in physical and mental abilities. Also new are specific guidelines on sexual harassment, sexual relations, and homosexuality in sport, making Successful Coaching the first book to offer written guidelines that address these issues.
  • Principles of Behavior discusses how to communicate and motivate players, as well as manage problem behaviors among athletes, using a positive discipline approach.
  • Principles of Teaching introduces the games approach to coaching and details how to incorporate this new approach into teaching technical and tactical skills. Coaches will learn how to develop an instructional plan for each practice and for the entire season.
  • Principles of Physical Training includes five new chapters on training basics, training for energy fitness, training for muscular fitness, nutrition, and battling drugs. Coaches will learn to develop training programs for better sport performance and to ensure the health and safety of their athletes.
  • Principles of Management covers the interpersonal and administrative basics required for building a solid coaching foundation that emphasizes team, relationship, and risk management. Helpful advice on working with fellow coaches, administrators, officials, medical personnel, parents, and the media is also included.
With more than 500,000 copies sold since the release of the first edition, Successful Coaching is the best-selling general coaching book ever published. Produced by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) and written by ASEP founder Rainer Martens, Successful Coaching serves as the text for ASEP’s Coaching Principles course. This course is used by many colleges and universities and endorsed by numerous state high school associations and other sport organizations as the preferred professional development program for their coaches. Each year, more than 25,000 coaches take this course to further their professional development and meet coaching certification requirements.

Successful Coaching, Third Edition, was reviewed by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) and complies with the NASPE National Standards for Sport Coaches and the NCACE Guidelines for Accreditation of Coaching Education. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Thank you.
Needed this book for a class I took, it was in condition it said was and arrived when it said it would. Thanks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!
Tremendous acquisition for any serious coach, very good details on how to know your athletes for better performance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Useful Beyond Sports
This book is beyond just sports coaching.While the emphasis is on coaching the school age athlete, there is a lot of great material on motivation, teamwork, planning, execution and psychology that apply to the business world as well.

The material covered in 5 units includes:
* Principles of Coaching
* Principles of Behavior
* Principles of Teaching
* Principles of Physical Training - including nutrition
* Principles of Management

The book is an easy read, and great for any parent getting into coaching, anyone who coaches athletics, or even a business manager looking for an edge.A good read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great and Reliable
This item arrived in the condition the seller said it would. Fast and reliable service. Very Pleased.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Price and Fast Shipping!!
I purchased the book at a great price and it arrived within a few days! ... Read more

23. Strength and Conditioning for Team Sports: Sport-Specific Physical Preparation for High Performance
by Paul Gamble
Paperback: 256 Pages (2009-09-08)
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Drawing on the very latest scientific research, Strength and Conditioning for Team Sports is designed to help students, coaches, researchers and sports medicine professionals devise more effective high-performance training programs for team sports. The only evidence-based study of sport-specific practice for team sports, this book introduces the core science underpinning any strength and conditioning regime, combining the best of applied physiology, biomechanics, sports medicine and coaching science.

The book addresses all aspects of training prescription and the key components of any degree course related to strength and conditioning, including

  • physiological and performance testing
  • strength training
  • metabolic conditioning
  • power training
  • agility and speed training
  • training for core stability
  • periodization
  • training for injury prevention.

Each chapter features guidelines for evidence-based training prescription as well as recommendations for novel ways in which to approach physical preparation for team sports players, bridging the traditional gap between sport science research and sport performance. Fully illustrated throughout, this book is essential reading for any serious student of strength and conditioning, and for any coach looking to extend their professional practice.

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24. Basketball: Steps to Success - 2nd Edition (Steps to Success Sports Series)
by Hal Wissel
Paperback: 232 Pages (2004-08-26)
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Asin: 0736055002
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Master all the important skills of basketball and take your game to the next level. Basketball: Steps to Success provides in-depth, progressive instruction in techniques and tactics, including detailed tutoring on shooting and 111 drills featuring a scoring system to gauge your progress.

As you build your skill base, you’ll learn how to make all the right moves in game situations, whether it’s executing the correct footwork when defending screens or making the right pass for a winning basket. Highly regarded coach, teacher, and clinician Hal Wissel will help you execute each technique proficiently and consistently on the court.

Improve your game. Basketball: Steps to Success will help you develop the total package of tools to achieve your goals on the court. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK FOR STARTING OUT.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book teaches many fundamentals.
This book tought me a lot of fundamentals. It has many illustrations

5-0 out of 5 stars From NBA to Youth Level, Coaches and Players Will Gain
"Hal Wissel shares the personalized techniques he has mastered teaching players from NBA to youth level. Coaches and players will gain from his steps to success." Chuck Daly, Coach, 1992 Olympic BasketballTeam

5-0 out of 5 stars Innovative instruction and drills to improve your game
"Basketball: Steps to Success has the innovative instruction and drills you need to master the fundamentals that will improve your total game."

5-0 out of 5 stars Help players improve and enable coaches to teach better.
"Hal Wissel is an astute basketball architect. This book will help players improve and enable coaches to teach the game better." Jack Ramsay, PHD Television Analyst for ESPN and Miami Heat ... Read more

25. Teaching Character Through Sport: Developing a Positive Coaching Legacy
by Bruce Eamon Brown
Paperback: 140 Pages (2003-06)
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Asin: 1585187291
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Demonstrates how a positive coaching legacy can transcend scores on a bronze plaque as a coach influences and helps to mold the life-long character of the athletes they work with.

Noted author and speaker Bruce Brown examines the key issues is creating a lasting legacy, including; how to make a difference, common traits among successful coaches, beliefs about character and sport, action statements about teaching character through sport, redefining the term "athlete", teaching specific values, practicing sportsmanship, the qualities of great teams, team building through positive conditioning, the role of parents in athletics and much, much more. As easy and enjoyable to read as it is thought-provoking. A must for coaches of any level and sport. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Are Insufficient
You've read, digested and implemented Jim Thompson's Positive Coaching materials.Now take a Graduate Course.

Bruce Brown's book is filled with wonderful ideas on how to create a sports culture where individuals and teams maximize the personal growth that is possible through athletics.

Personal favorites include sections on the qualities of "Great Athletes" - successfully introduced to players as young as 11(and, more importantly their parents) - about the choices that athleted make.Similarly "Great Teams" explores the qualities found in the most successful teams."Positive Conditioning" is an eye-opener (imaging what happens when the winning team in a game at practice does 20 extra push-ups) as well as great team-building exercises such as "Spotlighting".The section on how parents can be helpful participants in the process is also worthwhile.

Run, don't walk (can you do that on-line?) to get this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loaded With Ideas
Easily worth the money, this book is amazing.It poses great questions to coaches about why they coach and what they hope to accomplish, methods to teach character traits, and a wonderful section on using conditioning positively, to name a few sections.The book is geared primarily towards junior high or high school programs, and really has some great ideas for a sports program.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every coach needs to read this book!!
This book is essential for every coach in any sport. Bruce Brown does an excellent job of hitting on the issues of what coaches need to think about, but so often get missed in the whole scheme of things. Coaching is so much more than just knowing the particular x's and o's, and reading this book helps the present or future coach realize that. I would recommend Teaching Character Through Sport to any coach of any sport!! ... Read more

26. Coaching Baseball For Dummies
by The National Alliance For Youth Sports
Paperback: 384 Pages (2007-04-02)
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Asin: 0470089601
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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If you are a baseball fan, then coaching youth baseball is one the most enjoyable and rewarding activities you’ll experience. But what if you’ve never coached before? Or you haven’t played the game in a while and have forgot some key points to the sport?

No worries! Coaching Baseball for Dummies guides you through the rules of the game, explaining all the essential skills and the best ways to teach them to your players. Covering different age groups and great practice routines, this guide is all you need to have a fun-filled season. You’ll discover how to:

  • Fulfill the role of being a coach and parent
  • Develop a coaching philosophy
  • Understand how your league works
  • Evaluate your team
  • Teach your players fundamentals
  • Understand all kinds of children
  • Create your practice plan
  • Prepare for game day
  • Overcome challenges and problems

This plain-English guide also shows you how to run all kinds of drills, from hitting and pitching to fielding and base running. And when your team is tense or low on morale, it shows you how to relax your players and keep them focused on the game. There are also suggestions for making your season, and theirs, a memorable one. Coaching Baseball for Dummies shows you how much fun it can be to train kids to be athletes, have good sportsmanship, and work together as a team. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Too Simple
If you've never coached a team before, this book is for you.But if you have coached and are hoping for some advanced tips or great practice drills, forget it -- this book is too simple! ... Read more

27. The Baseball Coaching Bible (The Coaching Bible Series)
by Jerry Kindall, John Winkin
Paperback: 384 Pages (1999-12-05)
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Asin: 0736001611
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Rarely is a book so collaborative in its inception, authoritative in its information, useful in its application, and wide in its scope that it serves as both the gospel and guide on a subject. The Baseball Coaching Bible earns that special status by presenting the knowledge of many of the greatest to have ever coached the game and covering a full spectrum of topics on leading a team to become champions.

The 27 contributing coaches share their keys to winning baseball—something they know well, having won 50 national titles and nearly 25,000 games. The book's varied and vast amount of information allows you to pick and choose what you wish to implement in your program, but you will gain knowledge and be entertained by it all. The wit and wisdom of baseball’s sharpest minds shine through in their memorable stories and valuable insights. The contributing coaches include:

• Bob Bennett
• Skip Bertman
• Bobo Brayton
• Ed Cheff
• Rod Dedeaux
• Ron Fraser
• Gordon Gillespie
• Charlie Greene
• Cliff Gustafson
• Tom House
• Itch Jones
• Dave Keilitz
• Jerry Kindall
• Danny Litwhiler
• Andy Lopez
• Mark Marquess
• Ron Polk
• Gary Pullins
• Ken Schreiber
• John Scolinos
• Hal Smeltzly
• Bob Smith
• Jack Stallings
• Glen Tuckett
• Gary Ward
• John Winkin
• Bobby Winkles ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Coach Gary Ward is the best ever.... Lopez, worst coach ever
The chapter by Coach Gary Ward is phenomenal.I played for Coach Ward at OSU and he is the best coach, best leader and best hitting instructor I have ever dealt with or been exposed to in my many years of baseball.My father is a baseball hitting instrutor and minor league coach and Coach Ward blew his mind with his teachings and the results he obtains.His hitting system is incredible and acheives tremendous results with the proper commitment. I don't have enough great things to say about Coach Ward as a coach, a person or as a hitting instructor.

The chapter by Andy Lopez, however, is horrific.I also played for Lopez while at UF and I can't take anything he says seriously and am always surprised that he remains employed at the Division 1 level.His actions have demonstrated to me that he is quite media savvy and works well to sell his product to school administration, but is a hypocrite and lacks leadership skills with his players.Anything he says about leadership, loyalty or character are merely aspirational items he is parroting from somewhere else and doesn't truly live by.You can take some good things away from the chapter, but it lost all credibility with me given the author.

3-0 out of 5 stars not bad!
This book received a 3 star rating for the following reason!! Its average. not bad, very basic on baseball.its been a while since i've read it so this review wont be helpful.

3-0 out of 5 stars I read the entire book
As a new high school baseball coach, I purchased many books in order to help me gain the knowledge I needed to feel confident about beginning a new program. This book is average compared to the rest.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Baseball Coaching Bible
I bought this book for my son who is a teacher and a baseball player who will also be coaching for the first time this Spring.
He says the book is great!

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.....
Coach Winkin is 86 years young(87 in 2006) and he still is a college baseball coach.His knowledge and passion for the game is evident here.He has put together a great book to expand your over-all wisdom regarding a game so few really understand.Everyone knows about pitchers and hitters, but there are thousands of hidden aspects of the game to learn about. ... Read more

28. Coaching Youth Basketball - 4th Edition (Coaching Youth Sports Series)
Paperback: 168 Pages (2006-08-23)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$6.29
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Asin: 0736064508
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The fourth edition of Coaching Youth Basketball stresses fun, safety, and effective instruction, helping you create an environment that promotes learning, helps your kids enjoy their basketball experiences, and motivates your athletes to come out year after year.

Numerous coaching books present the skills and drills of basketball. But here's a book that teaches you how to convey these skills to your athletes in an engaging and positive manner. Coaching Youth Basketball's focus on teaching offensive and defensive skills through gamelike activities sets it apart from the current lineup of basketball coaching books. And, it's the only one written with the expertise of USA Basketball's Don Showalter.

The fourth edition includes new activities and age-specific coaching tips that are sure to jump-start your practices, all in a reorganized format geared for sequential learning and quick reference.

The expertise of USA Basketball combined with essential coaching skills like communicating with parents and officials, motivating players, and preparing for games and practices make this book a must-read as you prepare to meet the challenges and enjoy the rewards of coaching young athletes. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Youth Basketball Coach's Primer...Fundamental and Flexible
I picked up this book last night at a local library, hoping to find one or two new drills for my 6th Grade Girls basketball team. From the look of its cover, I expected that the focus would be on "beginner level" coaching and player development, such as how to dribble, shoot, and defend. Although the book started slowly, with explanations of coaching philosophies and how to work with children (valuable information,of course), I was pleased to find a series of drills and skill development tools that I could use at the 6th Grade level. The drills were coded as appropriate for "Beginner", "Intermediate", and Advanced" levels of play, with several of them building on the prior in such a way that when you, as a coach, have different skill levels on your team, you could use whichever level was appropriate for the player(s) working on the skill/drill. There are also a number of practical sections on "Error Detection and Correction" that can help coaches identify when skills need some "fine tuning" with recommendations as to how to go about it within the framework of the skill/drill being taught.

I would recommend this book to other coaches looking for simple, yet effective methods of instructing basketball fundamentals for players at different levels of skill and understanding of the game. ... Read more

29. Coaching Pitchers - 3rd Edition
by Joe McFarland
Paperback: 208 Pages (2002-12-17)
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Asin: 0736045090
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Want to improve the mechanics of your pitching staff? Can your pitchers hold runners and field their position? Do you know the finer points of developing pitcher-catcher chemistry? Coaching Pitchers offers complete details on every aspect of the pitching position. This practical guide on pitching will be a valuable reference you'll turn to again and again.

Challenging technical instruction is communicated effectively through plain talk combined with clear illustrations. Practice drills and training aids provide supportive tools to get the job done. From mental attitude to managing a bullpen, Coaching Pitchers is packed with insights you need to help your pitchers shut down even the most formidable opponents.

Coaching Pitchers offers solid, proven advice from one of the college game's best pitching coaches. Currently the head baseball coach at James Madison University, Spanky McFarland has coached 55 players on their way to the big leagues (including Kevin Brown of the Los Angeles Dodgers). Now McFarland delivers in book form the same instruction that took these players to the top.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Coaching Pitchers 3rd Edition
Great book with easy illustrations. My son who is 12 says its easy to read & understand. There is great advice for parents to help you teach the techniques in the book. I would recommend this book for any coach, parent or player looking to improve technique.

4-0 out of 5 stars Include this in your pitching library
McFarland has created a single source reference for aspiring pitchers. Much of what is in the book is part and parcel of years of baseball acumen. There is game situation, training, defensive, and mechanical advice in this book. At the very end there is motivational tips for getting the most from your pitchers. This book would have benefited from clear pictures of the motions of the pitchers and of the throwing motions on the various pitches. The drawings are vague enough to invite too many interpretations and the complex motion of pitching is difficult to describe verbally. I do not agree with the prior reviewer that House has totally eclipsed the valuable information found here.

I especially valued the advice about pitch selection based on a hitter's weaknesses. McFarland describes more than 20 batting habits that can be exploited by the pitcher. Additionally he diagrams where the pitcher should locate defensively on throws from the outfield or after pick off throws. All very helpful for the young pitcher.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fundamentaly sound pitching instruction!
Coaching Pitchers is well written, easy to read and understand, and provides a wealth of how to teach your pitchers the proper fundamentals of pitching.This book is well worth the price and needs to be read by EVERYyouth coach.The techniques, drills and suggestions are well documentedwith illustrations and diagrams.If you only buy one book this year, getthis one!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
Nicely layed out and a great guide for developing young pitchers from 8 year-olds through high school.

5-0 out of 5 stars As good a book on pitching as there is
This is as good an introduction to the art of pitching as there is.Simple but not simplistic with excellent illustrations.I recommend it highly. ... Read more

30. Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Softball (Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Sports Series)
by Robert Benson, Tammy Benson
Paperback: 192 Pages (2009-10-16)
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Asin: 0736078835
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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You volunteered to coach the softball team, but are you ready? How will you teach the fundamental skills, run effective practices, and harness the energy of your young team? Fear not: Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Softball has the answers.

Longtime coaches Robert and Tammy Benson share their experiences and provide advice you can rely on from the first practice to the final game. Establishing realistic goals, in-game coaching tips, drills, strategies, and fun--it's all here.

Develop your team's fundamental skills--fielding, catching, throwing, and hitting--with the Survival Guide's collection of the game's best youth drills. Included is a section on pitching instruction, and the ready-to-use practice plans will help you get the most out of every practice.

Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Softball has everything you need for a rewarding and productive season. So step up and enjoy the experience. It will be one that you won't forget. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Starting Point for Coaching Girls Softball
This book is very well organized and truly takes you by the hand and leads you through what you need to get started coaching, how to stay organized with practices, and provides some very good drills to teach softball to kids in a way they will enjoy it.Also, the checklists are great.

Jim Booth

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone coaching or thinking about coaching girls softball
This book is an excellent source of information for parents who coach or plan to coach girls softball.The Benson's do a great job of providing a comprehensive guide to coaching young girls.Anyone coaching or thinking about coaching should read this book!Most parents who volunteer to coach softball have never coached before, this book will help guide you through the process and help make the experience positive for both their players and their parents!

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31. Foundations of Sports Coaching
by Paul E. Robinson
Hardcover: 248 Pages (2010-03-15)
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Asin: 0415469716
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Athletes and sports people at all levels rely on their coaches for advice, guidance and support. Foundations of Sports Coaching is a comprehensive introduction to the practical, vocational and scientific principles that underpin the sports coaching process. It provides the student of sports coaching with all the skills, knowledge and scientific background they will need to prepare athletes and sports people technically, tactically, physically and mentally. With practical coaching tips, techniques and tactics highlighted throughout, the book covers all the key components of a foundation course in sports coaching, including:  

  •   the development of sports coaching as a profession
  •   coaching styles and technique
  •   planning and management
  •   basic principles of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and psychology
  •   fundamentals of training and fitness
  •   performance analysis
  •   reflective practice in coaching.

Including international case-studies throughout and examples from top-level sport in every chapter, Foundations of Sports Coaching helps to bridge the gap between coaching theory and practice. This book is essential reading for all students of sports coaching and for any practising sports coach looking to develop and extend their coaching expertize.

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32. Sport Mechanics for Coaches - 2nd Edition
by Gerry Carr
Paperback: 256 Pages (2004-02-03)
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Asin: 0736039724
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Text presents the fundamentals of sports mechanics in a format that's easy to understand and apply; showing how to observe, analyze, and correct sport technique for a better performance. Serves as the text for the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) Silver Level course, Sports Mechanics for Coaches. Previous edition: c1997. Softcover. ... Read more

33. The Double-Goal Coach: Positive Coaching Tools for Honoring the Game and Developing Winners in Sports and Life (Harperresource Book)
by Jim Thompson
Paperback: 368 Pages (2003-08-01)
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Asin: 0060505311
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The Double-Goal Coach is filled with powerful coaching tools based on Jim Thompson's Positive Coaching Alliance. These strategies reflect the "best-practices" of elite coaches and the latest research in sports psychology.Hundreds of workshops have shaped these tools for maximum effectiveness and ease of use.The lessons and activities can be used in the very next practice to make sports fun and to get the best from players.

The Double-Goal Coach provides the framework for coaches and parents to transform youth sports so sports can transform youth -- allowing young athletes to enjoy sports while learning valuable life lessons.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Book for ANY Coach
Absolutely the best book for any coach of any sport. I searched for this book while I was coaching with someone who was a very negative coach. This encouraged me to counteract her, and it was incredibly successful. Even if you are a veteran coach, you can learn tools and tips for dealing with difficult situations, or fix things that aren't working well for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring yet practical
Many books on the subject of improving youth sports are written to create awareness of the importance of the subject, but say little of practical value on the way of doing this.

Other books treat the 'how' comprehensively but are as dry as fossilized bones.

The DGC avoids these two pitfalls admirably. It does a great job of describing and explaining the problems that youth sports programs have in the US (and in many other parts of the World), with such feeling, sensitivity and clarity that one cannot avoid being moved by the arguments.

Jim Thompson goes further, though, the DGC translates ideals into practical measures to build exemplary youth sports programs.

My organization is currently using the DGC as a blueprint to develop a soccer program in Mexico, and its lessons and arguments are as useful, relevant and potent here as they seem to be in the US, judging by the growth of The Positive Coaching Alliance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Should be on every youth coach's reading list!
The premise of the book is that winning is not a bad thing. It's not necessarily the only thing however. Thompson uses real life examples from youth through professional, where focusing on the positive, correcting the negative, and focus on improving have helped teams be successful.

It is our job as youth coaches to make sure we are building solid citizens, teaching them life lessons through sports, and helping them become the best athlete they can be. Winning happens to be a great side effect of this approach!

The book is great for coaches and parents alike!

4-0 out of 5 stars Another hit by Thompson
This book covers some of the same topics as Thompson's classic, Positive Coaching.However, it has some new ideas in it, and also has some lessons learned since Positive Coaching was written.It also has a handbook-type approach - it gives you example talks, helps you plan a practice and also shows youways to help you acquire Positive Coaching skills.I have found all of Jim Thompson's books enjoyable and enlightening.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Double Goal Coach - Winning With Character
Discussions of character in sports hinge on two sometimes competing beliefs. One holds that sports build character, the other that sports reveal it.

The case can be made that both ideas are valid. Character is regularly revealed in the way that players, coaches, parents and leaders of youth sports organizations (YSOs) conduct themselves on and off the field.

The "Sports Builds Character" belief is a trickier proposition. Who is to question that sports provides a wonderful setting for the development of poise, confidence, determination, resilience, self-sacrifice, courage? The list goes on, and it is not a coincidence that a strong involvement in sports was the common feature of those who tried to take back the plane on 9/11. Yet every Positive Life Skill associated with sports has a counterpart that can be learned equally well. And often more easily. If you can learn fair play and sportsmanship, you can also learn to cheat. If you can learn about commitment, you can also learn to quit on yourself and your teammates. Accountability and accepting responsibility: making excuses. Again, the list goes on.

Many of the adults involved in sports simply assume, based on their own experience, that the positive side of these character traits will emerge. In fact, without a concerted effort to use sports to teach positive Life Lessons, you might as well be flipping a coin.

Attention to these issues is a major focus of "The Double Goal Coach", the latest book by Jim Thompson. The author is founder of the Positive Coaching Alliance ..., an organization based at Stanford University which seeks "to transform the culture of youth sports so that sports can transform youth."

Like many books on the state of youth sports, Thompson chronicles the excesses. What sets the book apart are solutions to these problems based on research in the fields of education and sports psychology as well as lessons in organizational culture drawn from the business world. Theory then becomes practice through the presentation of many practical tools for establishing and maintaining a positive culture for youth sports. Coaches, parents and the leaders of YSO's will find things here that can be put to immediate use.

What is a Double Goal Coach? He or she is a coach who wants to win. Thompson makes clear that the Positive Coaching message is not anti-competitive or about "happy talk". This is not an invitation to go out and kick a ball around with Barney. Indeed, at a time when real competitions at Field Day have been reduced to (at most) a 50 yard dash, Thompson sees the competitive sports experience as an increasingly important, and rare, opportunity for the development of positive character traits - the second, and more important, goal of the Double Goal Coach. Because it's the character traits that will endure long after the ball's gone into the closet.

There are three elements to Double Goal Coaching. The first seeks to redefine winning, changing the definition from one based only on results (the "win at all costs" model, or waac - which so often becomes wacko!) to a "mastery approach" based on effort, learning, and a positive view of the value of mistakes. The essential difference in the approaches has to do with control. Results are so much in the control of others; with a mastery approach, control belongs to the athlete. What's interesting, though, is the research that shows that a mastery approach actually produces better performance than one where the focus is primarily on the scoreboard.

Next comes the concept of Honoring the Game. This is largely a proactive view of sportsmanship issues, based on what you do rather than what you don't do. Honoring the game involves developing and demonstrating respect for Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, and one's Self (ROOTS).

The third element of the Double Goal model involves "Filling the Emotional Tank", motivation through encouragement and positive reinforcement. Again, the book provides a number of useful tools for coaches.

There is also a section of the book for Sports Parents. Thompson promotes the notion of the "Second Goal Parent", whose primary task is to be unconditionally supportive of their child, whose focus is on those Life Lessons and positive character traits, who recognize that their child's participation in sports belongs to the child, and who leave coaching to the coaches.

Thompson advocates a "systems approach" to developing positive cultures for youth sports, and his organization provides an integrated set of workshops for coaches, parents and leaders of YSOs. Where that's not in place, "The Double Goal Coach" will give the individual coach many ways create a more enjoyable environment for his or her team, and one where the players are much more likely to reach their potential as athletes. That a Double Goal approach will also be much more enjoyable and rewarding for the coach is no insignificant bonus. ... Read more

34. The Administrative Side of Coaching: A Handbook for Applying Business Concepts to Coaching Athletics
by Richard Leonard
Paperback: 200 Pages (2004-09)
list price: US$39.00 -- used & new: US$26.06
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Asin: 1885693540
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Coaches and athletic program administrators must ensure their programs are efficient and effective in everything they do. From facility scheduling to fundraising, from competition to player-coach relations, coaches and program administrators make consequential decisions on a daily basis that determine a program's current and future success. In addition, coaches and administrators are responsible for allocating resources: Time, money, and labor must be distributed equitably and appropriately for the program to function effectively.

In The Administrative Side of Coaching: A Handbook for Applying Business Concepts to Coaching Athletics, Dr. Richard Leonard tailors tools used by the business world's top managers to help streamline and strengthen the efforts of coaches and program administrators. With clear descriptions and reader-friendly examples, Dr. Leonard explains the power, importance, and use of each tool or technique. Perfect for both the current and future coach or program administrator, The Administrative Side of Coaching presents information in a clear format. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is going to be a great help with my school search! ... Read more

35. No-How Coaching: Strategies for Winning in Sports and Business from the Coach Who Says "No!" (Capital Ideas for Business & Personal Development)
by Jim Collison
Hardcover: 128 Pages (2001-09-01)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$7.92
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Asin: 189212372X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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During his 51-year football-coaching career at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, John Gagliardi's teams have averaged just under 62 points per game and he has now achieved the all-time "winningest" college football coaching title. Yet Coach Gagliardi is a maverick who dares to say "NO" to traditional coaching rules: no precision warm-up drills, no tackling in practice, no conventional calisthenics, no cheerleaders, no playbooks, no mission statements, and no discipline problems. Now his long-time friend, Jim Collison explains the maverick coach s "NO-How Coaching" method and how it translates from winning in sports to winning in the business world.ContentsIntroduction: How to Enjoy and Use This BookPart I. No End to the Winning1. No Mission...Just Win2. John Gagliardi s Coaching Records3. Winning with NOs: The List in John s OrderPart II. Winning NOs...in Sports and in the Workplace4. No Single Best Way5. No Fear of Being Different6. No Throwing Away Money7. No Putting Outside Recruiting First8. No Top-heavy Staff9. No Artificial Limits on Talent10. No Need to Discipline11. No Reverence for Titles12. No Ignoring Anyone s Talents13. No Spoiling Your Team with Unearned Favors14. No Limiting Recognition to a Few15. No Narrow-minded Dress Rules16. No Harassment. Period.17. No Busy Work18. No Distractions from the Basics19. No Substituting Mission Statements for Doing the Job20. No Waiting for Luck21. No Winning Without Fun22. No Withholding Honor Earned23. No Overdoing the Rules24. No Time-Wasting Meetings25. No Put Downs26. No Substituting Reams of Paper for Action27. No Playing Favorites28. No Shirking Responsibility29. No Being a Jerk30. No Being a Drill Sergeant31. No Focusing on Mistakes32. No Substituting Putzing for Achieving33. No Unnecessary Anything34. No Celebrating Heroes Only35. No Pushing Unwanted Rewards36. No Trashy, Cheap Behavior37. No Overloading by Over-analysis38. No Fear of Taking a Ri ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars excellent afternoon read
I loved Coach Gagliardi's methods. Although, I don't agree with everything he believes in that it can be transferred to the workplace; I do think he has a outlook that more businesses should look at. Simple quick read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Business Book
I manage a large staff in a financial services firm.Since I started the position a year ago, I've had problems dealing with the various personalities on staff and keeping productivity at an acceptable level.After reading this book a few weeks ago, I immediately started implementing the suggestions in "No How Coaching."Now, I can tell everyone that I've already seen results, which shocks even me because nothing else has worked.Productivity has increased.My staff is working better together.This book is amazing!If you are a company president or the lowliest peon, read this book and your business WILL IMPROVE! ... Read more

36. Coaching Girls' Soccer Successfully (Coaching Successfully Series)
by Debra LaPrath
Paperback: 208 Pages (2008-10-09)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$12.68
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Asin: 0736072128
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Build a winning girls' soccer program, on the field and off. In Coaching Girls' Soccer Successfully, one of the nation's top high school coaches, Debra LaPrath, shares her expertise on all aspects of coaching. From establishing a coaching philosophy to making decisions during a game, this is the approach that has made her program a perennial powerhouse.

Coaching Girls' Soccer Successfully covers every aspect of the coach's role:

  • Developing and perfecting skills
  • Evaluating players and defining their roles
  • Organizing productive practices
  • Scouting and preparing for games
  • Adding variety to training
  • Developing leadership qualities
  • Motivating the team
  • Communicating on and off the field

Featuring seasonal training plans, drills for developing fundamental to advanced skills, and advice for handling off-the-field challenges, Coaching Girls' Soccer Successfully is the most comprehensive resource available for novice and experienced coaches alike. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Esp. for girls
As a boys and girls high school coach, this book gives great insight to the coaching needs that girls require to be successful.Great book!

5-0 out of 5 stars sportsmom :) -Texas
I played soccer growing up!I have coached youth soccer ages 3-10 and wanted to get ideas about moving up to coach teenagers. I learned so much reading this book-tactical,drills and team building! Ireally enjoyedthe personal stories about the authors' team! I especially liked the one about"Jared's Wig".I even had my 13 year old read some of the stories and look at the drills!She really enjoyed the stories and was looking for heading drills and found some great ones she really liked, and great passing and receiving drills! I went ahead and ordered 2 of these books from Amazon since I got free shipping if I did, and gave one to my daughters soccer coach as aGift and he really thought it was awesome!I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about the game of Soccer and Coaching it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
This book is invaluable for every coach, player and parent.Not only is it informative from a technical and tactical standpoint, but it also teaches values that are important off the field (committment to your teammates, respect for others and building relationships).I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the team experiences and team building exercises.I highly recommend this book to all sports enthusiasts!

5-0 out of 5 stars Thorough and detailed
I was pleasantly surprised by the level of detail and thoroughness in this soccer coaching how-to book. Whether you are coaching very young girls (or boys) or coaching older young women, I recommend this book.Laprath offers unusual insight, tips, and relevant strategies from her many years in coaching.

5-0 out of 5 stars LaPrath Is A Success
This book is not only for the coach but the player as well.The passion that is expressed in this book will clearly motivate coach and player to rise to the highest level.I'm giving this book to my niece so it will help her understand the philosophy behind coaching.She will learn life values, make long lasting friendships, and realize anything is possible if you put your mind to it.Great Book!!!! ... Read more

37. Kettlebell Training for Athletes: Develop Explosive Power and Strength for Martial Arts, Football, Basketball, and Other Sports, pb
by David Bellomo
Paperback: 224 Pages (2010-01-08)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$10.74
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Asin: 0071635882
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Improve performance in any sport with Russia’s most guarded training secret

For elite sports training, nothing compares to the impact that kettlebells have on the entire body, and author and trainer Dave Bellomo now brings the power and benefit of these Russian-inspired weights to any athlete.

Working the entire body at different angles, this popular training program provides you with rapid gains in strength, speed, and endurance—all requirements for proficiency in any sport. This powerhouse program also gives you customization tools for setting personal goals and tailored eight-week workouts to answer the needs of your specific sport.

Kettlebell Power Training for Athletes:

  • Presents more than eighty illustrated exercises for quicker learning on how to train with the weights
  • Helps you gradually build a training foundation for a healthier lifestyle
  • Includes sport- and goal-specific programs so you can go directly to that section of the book for your needs
  • Features photographs from award-winning photographer Bruce Curtis

Whether you are training for the gridiron, the Octagon, or the Pentagon, these simple tools will help you produce the most extraordinary results you have ever seen.

Author Profile
Dave Bellomo (Williamsport, PA) consults high-level athletes such as Mixed Martial Artists and World's Strongest Man competitors as well as elite military and law enforcement professionals such as members of Homeland Security and US Special Operations. He designed kettlebells that appeared in the major motion picture, Never Back Down. He currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and 5 children, and can be found online at www.davebellomo.com. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly written and poor illustrations
A poorly written book with a limited amount of pictures to correctly illustrate the proper way to use the kettle bell. There are many others books on the market which would better serve the purpose for learning how to do a great kettle bell workout. This book had too much repitition and was not well written. Don't waste your money

5-0 out of 5 stars New to Kettlebells
I'm a weightlifter looking to incorporate something different to change up the routine. This book is the perfect solution for someone looking to learn the proper techinques to get into kettlebell training. I also liked the fact there were different routines illustrated for whatever sport you are training for. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to take their strength training to the next level. Bellomo does a great job using his personal experience in Kettlebell training to set you in the right direction. Enjoyed it!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best kettlebell book.
If you are looking for a great book showing you how to use kettlebells for a variety of different sports,this is it. This is the best book of its kind I have ever found.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kettlebells made easy
The detailed exercise descriptions and specialized combinations of routines (circuits) take all the guesswork out of making kettlebells an effective part of your training routine.The workouts are designed to combine cardio and strength training into a single session and the order of the exercises in the various circuits maximize the workout to ensure you are getting the most out of the session.I like to create a month of workouts from the book and copy the circuits from the book onto a notepad I can take to the gym, working well.Great book!

4-0 out of 5 stars A biased review
As my title indicates, I may be a bit biased in my review of this book. Here is the reason: I personally had a chance to train with Dave. Try as I may, it is difficult to separate this fact from my review of this book. In December of 2004, I had ACL replacement surgery. I credit Dave with helping me recover as quickly and to the extent that I did. Within 4 months I was ready for golf. Okay, laugh if you will, but golf requires a range of motion, balance and a strength to be able to rotate through the golf swing. Believe me, this was not a simple task on a gimpy knee. Dave helped me gain the strength and stamina I needed to be able to get back the necessary muscle for my golf swing. And he did this in the time frame that I wanted to. And as for skiing, another passion of mine, I was back to skiing the next season. And, with more endurance and strength than before my surgery! Kettlebells, once I was recovered from the impact of the surgery, became a regular part of my routine with Dave. He was constantly mixing it up on me, but I always looked forward to the training with kettlebells. The range of motion, the strength necessary, and the cardio impact from a session of kettlebells is an all-around workout. Most of you will not be able to train personally with Dave. But this book is the next best thing. The many photos and the descriptive narrative is the alternative to being able to work out out with Dave. As I read the varieties of workouts in the book, they reminded me of the personal sessions that I had with him. So if you can't work out with him personally, get this book, get some kettlebells and start the routines. You won't be disappointed. ... Read more

38. Coaching Golf Successfully (Coaching Successfully Series)
by Bill Madonna
Paperback: 208 Pages (2001-07-16)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$12.69
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Asin: 0736033912
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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If you are involved in developing young golf teams, this book is for you. Specifically designed to help you build winning golf programs, Coaching Golf Successfully is the ideal teaching tool for coaches and golf instructors. After reading this book you will be able to conduct effective practice sessions, identify technical flaws, and teach course management.

More than just stroke instruction, Coaching Golf Successfully provides a complete system for building and maintaining a successful golf program. And you also get stories and examples of what has actually worked for other coaches and instructors across the country. The methods covered in this book are so straightforward and practical that you will be able to apply them to your own team immediately.

Author Bill Madonna has been a PGA teaching professional for 30 years and has conducted more than 40,000 golf lessons. He is also the founder and head of the National Association of Golf Coach Educators (NAGCE), the organization responsible for supplying general information, teaching materials, and certification for high school golf coaches. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Coaching Golf Successfully
Great book for the new coach. Emphasizes the basics of the game and gives a foundation to coaching golf.

4-0 out of 5 stars good Book
This book has a lot of good ideas.Some are more for coaching at a higher level.I am a high school coach at a school that gets mostly beginners and was still able to get some good ideas from it. ... Read more

39. Coaching Youth Football: Official Handbook of USA Football, 4th Edition
by American Sport Education Program (ASEP)
Paperback: 198 Pages (2005-06-10)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$2.65
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Asin: 0736060111
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Whether you’re a parent new to coaching or an experienced youth coach, Coaching Youth Football is your handbook for a successful season. Through the expertise of coach Tom Bass and USA Football, you’ll gain field-tested tips on how to run your team, communicate with and handle players, provide basic first aid, plan and conduct practices, draw up plays, and keep it all fun.

Fundamentals of offense, defense, and special teams are covered in depth, supported by 30 new drills and more than 140 photos and illustrations. Ideal for coaches of players aged 14 and under, this book is also a valuable component of the Coaching Youth Football course, the official course of USA Football, offered by the American Sport Education Program. With this book, you will create an environment that promotes learning, enjoyment, and motivation for players to come out for the team year after year. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Quick intro
This is good quick primer but if you have already purchased a few other books, there's no need for this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
I'm new to coaching PeeWee Football and have a pedestrian knowledge of the sport. This will definitely help you with drills and practice to develop fundementals that the kids will need as they progress to their next level.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic resource for new coaches
When the role of acting as head football coach unexpectedly fell in my lap this season, I bought ASEP's Coaching Youth Football and I can't speak highly enough about it. The misgivings cited by previous reviewers predate this book's 2005 release date and don't seem at all warranted for the 4th Edition.

This book provided me with the nuts and bolts needed to get things rolling from Day One - from plans on how best to structure the first two weeks of practice to promoting teamwork and encouraging fun. The drills and tactics addressed apply well to the youth game - I'm coaching 10 & 11 year olds - but the book also provides background on communicating with parents and planning for safety.

I've found it to be a very complete reference that's worth picking up throughout the season. Very good. ... Read more

40. Coaching Youth Cricket (Coaching Youth Sports)
by Ian Pont
Paperback: 208 Pages (2010-05-10)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$11.73
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Asin: 0736083707
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Coaching Youth Cricket features explanations, photos, and illustrations depicting the various drills and skills of cricket, including fielding, bowling, and batting. Also included are chapters devoted to helping coaches communicate with players, understanding rules and equipment, keeping practices fun and motivating, ensuring safety, and teaching cricket skills. Written by renowned cricket expert Ian Pont, Coaching Youth Cricket will enable coaches at all levels to fulfill their responsibility to nurture and develop young cricketers and help them foster a lifelong passion for the game.   

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