Coaching Junior Football Teams For Dummies

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Wiley, Jan 6, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 388 pages
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Packed with drills and tips for training and game days

The fun and easy way to master the art of football coaching

Volunteering as a youth football coach can be a great experience,both for you and your squad. But what if you've never coachedbefore, or want to improve? Don't worry! This friendly guideexplains football rules, shows you how to approach coaching, andgives you practical pointers on improving team skills andencouraging good sportsmanship.

* Understand football rules

Develop a coaching philosophy

Teach football fundamentals

Run great training sessions

Lead your team during a game

Communicate effectively with parents

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About the author (2011)

The National Alliance For Youth Sports has beenAmerica’s leading advocate for positive and safe sports forchildren for the past 25 years. It serves volunteer coaches,parents with children involved in organized sports, game officials,youth sports administrators, league directors, and the youngsterswho participate in organised sport. The Alliance’s programmesare used in more than 3,000 communities across the USA by parks andrecreation departments, Boys & Girls Clubs, Police AthleticLeagues, YMCAs/YWCAs, and various independent youth service groups,as well as on military installations worldwide. For moreinformation on the Alliance’s programmes visit

Greg Bach is the communications director for the NationalAlliance For Youth Sports, a position he has held since 1993.Before joining NAYS, he worked as the sports editor of the HuronDaily Tribune in Bad Axe, Michigan, where he captured numerouswriting awards from the Associated Press, Michigan PressAssociation, and the Hearst Corporation. He has a journalism degreefrom Michigan State University, which he earned in 1989. He’san avid sport fan and has coached a variety of youth sports.

James Heller has been involved in football on and off forover 35 years. As a player, he played from youth-team level throughinto senior football. He has also helped to coach and managefootball teams at several different age levels. In his timeassociated with ‘the beautiful game’ he has seen juniorfootball coaching in the UK improve from a situation where 20children ran around a muddy park aimlessly chasing the ball,watched by two cold goalkeepers, to one where the focus is onmini-soccer, skills improvement, and ‘one child, oneball’ training sessions.

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