Written by ASEP in conjunction with Sam Snow, director of coaching for
US Youth Soccer, Coaching Youth Soccer provides coaches of
athletes ages 14 and under with sport- and age-specific coaching tips
and advice as well as general coaching principles and information on
sport first aid that coaches need for success on and off the field.
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Participation in youth soccer continues to grow, creating a greater demand for coaches than ever before. You might be a parent who has never played soccer, but you now find yourself on the sidelines wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into.
Over the years, tens of thousands of coaches in your situation have turned to the American Sport Education Program’s (ASEP) Coaching Youth Soccer book, and this new fifth edition delivers even more information in an improved format to help calm your fears, identify and organize your tasks and responsibilities, and bolster your confidence as a coach.
Written by ASEP in conjunction with Sam Snow, director of coaching for US Youth Soccer, Coaching Youth Soccer is the resource for coaches of athletes ages 14 and under. It presents sport- and age-specific coaching tips and advice as well as general coaching principles and information on sport first aid that coaches need for success on and off the field.
This fifth edition includes over 45 activities and 40 coaching tips, combined with more than 70 photos and 50 illustrations, all in a reorganized format to make it even more practical for coaches. Chapters on attacking and defending, along with a new chapter on goalkeeping, are included to provide more in-depth information on playing these positions. The sport first aid section has been expanded to include guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on dealing with concussion (soccer is second only to football in frequency of concussion).
Part of the long-running Coaching Youth Sport Series, Coaching Youth Soccer provides a dynamic and effective method for teaching soccer fundamentals, making it a must-read for youth soccer coaches preparing to meet the challenges and enjoy the rewards of working with young athletes.
Welcome to Coaching
Welcome From US Youth Soccer
Key to Diagrams
Chapter 1 Stepping Into Coaching Chapter 2 Communicating as a Coach Chapter 3 Understanding Rules and Equipment Chapter 4 Providing for Players’ Safety Chapter 5 Making Training Sessions Fun and Practical Chapter 6 Teaching and Shaping Skills Chapter 7 Attacking Chapter 8 Defending Chapter 9 Goalkeeping Chapter 10Coaching on Match Day Chapter 11Developing Season and Training Plans
About the Authors
The primary audience is youth soccer coaches, especially those less
experienced, and first-time coaches seeking advice on teaching key
soccer skills and organizing training sessions. More experienced coaches
will also find the book valuable as will parents of players who may be
coaching and wanting to assist their kids in practicing skills.
US Youth Soccer is the largest member of the United States Soccer
Federation, with more than 3 million youth players and over 300,000
coaches. US Youth Soccer provides healthy activity through recreation
and small-sided games programs that emphasize fun and de-emphasize
winning at all costs.
Content expert Sam Snow is the director of coaching for US
Youth Soccer. Snow joined the US Youth Soccer Technical Department
in 2003 as the assistant director of coaching education and assumed his
current role in 2004.
Snow has earned the United States Soccer Federation A license and
National Youth license, a premier diploma, and a national goalkeeping
coaching license. Coaching is second nature for him: He’s coached at the
high school (Norfolk Catholic High School), collegiate (Florida Southern
College, University of South Florida, Virginia Wesleyan College), state
(Florida Youth Soccer Association), and regional (US Youth Soccer
Olympic Development Program Region III) levels. Before joining the US
Youth Soccer Technical Department, Snow held positions as a US Soccer
national staff instructor and a director of coaching for the Louisiana
Soccer Association. Snow received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia
Wesleyan College in 1977 and his master’s degree in physical education
from the University of South Florida in 1979.The American Sport
Education Program (ASEP), a division of Human Kinetics, is the
leading provider of youth, high school, and elite-level sport education
programs in the United States. Rooted in the philosophy of “Athletes
first, winning second,” ASEP has educated more than 1.5 million coaches,
officials, sport administrators, parents, and athletes. For 30 years,
local, state, and national sport organizations have partnered with ASEP
to lead the way in making sport a safe, successful, and enjoyable
experience for all involved. For more information on ASEP sport
education courses and resources, call 800-747-5698, e-mail
ASEP@hkusa.com, or visit www.ASEP.com.