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Coaching Girls' Soccer


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Do you want to 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-player development, leadership, conditioning, teamwork and much more. From establishing a coaching philosophy to making decisions during a game, this is the approach that has made her program a perennial powerhouse.

The author clearly outlines the importance of defining your coaching philosophy. It zeroes-in on your values and beliefs, the individual and team's goals, keeps you focused on what's best for the girls, and emphasizes being true to your own personality. At the core of her approach to coaching, is developing the character of individual players and team cohesiveness. Developing a coaching philosophy is just the beginning. Coaching Girls’ Soccer Successfully covers many different aspects of the coach's role including:

  • 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

The coaching techniques illustrated in this book will help you develop better players, more complete athletes, and more confident young women. The book features seasonal training plans, drills for developing fundamental to advanced skills, and advice for handling off-the-field challenges. Coaching Girls’ Soccer Successfully is a “must-read" if you are searching for motivational tips, coaching guidelines, and specific strategies for working with female soccer players. Buy it, read it, and put the knowledge to work!

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