The Baffled Parent's Guide to Coaching 6-And-Under Soccer

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August 2005



The only book to provide straightforward advice, tips, and techniques to the thousands of new parent/volunteer coaches who each year are charged with introducing the sport of soccer to preschoolers and kindergartners in school, club, and parks-and-recreation programs across the country.Of the dozens of books aimed at youth soccer coaches-including our own Coaching Youth Soccer: A Baffled Parent's Guide, which is the market leader-not one is written specifically for those who need help most. This will be the first book for newly annointed coaches of 4 to 6-year-old players, who require a very different coaching approach. Parents, having discovered that soccer suits itself well to 4 and 5 year-olds, are increasingly enrolling their children in soccer programs as preschoolers, yet every book on coaching youth soccer is aimed at kids six years old and older. These older kids, with a year or two of school under their belts, are ready for the competition-themed drills and light-punishment-oriented discipline the books espouse, but the younger players are not. When coaching defense, if you kick the ball away from a 4- or 5-year-old player who is dribbling the ball, that player may very well collapse to the ground in tears. And the losing team in a ball-handling relay race may be inconsolable. These tots simply aren't ready for the competitive aspects of game play that captivate older children and adults alike. Rather, they just want to have fun.


About This Book
1. Coaching Young Players Is Different
Steep Learning Curve
Your Critical Role
Keeping Fun Foremost
The Sport of Choice
2. Fun-Focused Practices and Games
Controlled Touching
Simplicity Itself
Too Easy?
Creativity and Positive Reinforcement
Coed or Not Coed?
3. The Game of Soccer for Young Players
Soccer for Young Players
Academy Coaching
Squad Assignments
Continuing to Limit Player Numbers
A 6-and-Under Soccer Primer
Other Rules
Fighting for Your Players
4. Off the Field
Managing Parents' Expectations
Delegating Parental Duties
Recruiting a Parent Helper
The End-of-Season Celebration
5. On the Field
Your Players' Equipment Needs
Your Equipment for Practices
Your Equipment for Games
Choosing a Team Name
6. Behavioral Challenges of Young Players
7. Game Day
Gone in an Instant
Little Learning
Winning and Losing
Game-Day Responsibilities
Who Won?
8. Basic Ball-Control Skills and the Red Light/Green Light Drill
Why Red Light/Green Light?
Mastering Several Basic Skills through One Drill
Drill 1: Red Light/Green Light
Basic Ball-Control Skills
Skill 1: Dribbling with the Inside of the Foot and Stopping the Ball by Stepping on It
Skill 2: Dribbling with Speed
Skill 3: Changing Direction with the Inside of the Foot, or "Cutting" the Ball
Skill 4: The Pull Turn
Skill 5: Receiving the Ball
Skill 6: Juggling the Ball
9. Eleven More Drills and Four More Skills
Drill 2: Bulldozers and Builders
Drill 3: Follow the Leader
Drill 4: Switch
Drill 5: Alligator Pit
Drill 6: Trash Day
Skill 7: Kicking with the Instep, or Shooting
Drill 7: Elmer Fudd
Drill 8: Star Wars
Skill 8: Passing with the Inside of the Foot
Drill 9: Crab Soccer
Drill 10: Sharks and Minnows
Drill 11: Steal the Bacon
Skill 9: Receiving the Ball on the Ground
Drill 12: Freeze Tag
Skill 10: Shielding the Ball
10. Your First Six Practices
Highly Structured
Before Practice
During Practice
After Practice
4- and 5-Year-Old Practice Sessions
First Six Practices for 4- and 5-Year-Olds
Specifics for 5- and 6-Year-Old Practice Sessions
First Six Practices for 5- and 6-Year-Olds
After Your First Six Practices
Parent/Player Scrimmages
The End of the Season
Skills Troubleshooting Chart
About the Authors


David Williams is a lifelong soccer player and coach who honed his skills as a club player in Europe. A father of young children, he heads the 4- and 5-year-old division of the summer soccer camps sponsored by Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. He has also written and produced a thirty-page guide to coaching 4- and 5-year-olds for the Durango parks and recreation department.
EAN: 9780071456289
ISBN: 0071456287
Untertitel: 'Baffled Parent's Guides'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2005
Seitenanzahl: 176 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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