Catch Them Being Good: Everything You Need to Know to Successfully Coach Girls Soccer Tony DiCicco PenguinOct 28
DiCicco coached the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team to victory in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Hacker is a psychology consultant for the team. They join their expertise in this accessible, useful guide for coaches at all levels. Primarily written in DiCicco’s enthusiastic voice that’s straight off the sports field, the book’s practical advice includes insight on coaching girls and women (forget the outdated intimidation tactics used by many famous coaches for men); forming a team, making cuts and nurturing exceptional players; criticizing and motivating effectively; working with parents; and evaluating one’s own coaching performance. Throughout, Hacker offers clear, helpful ideas for team-building exercises, while DiCicco follows with companion training workouts. Most of the examples focus on soccer, but coaches of all sports will learn a great deal from this straightforward guide based on impressive experience. Also suggest Hannah Storm and Mark Jenkins’ Go Girl! Help Your Daughter Be Healthy, Confident and Successful by Playing Sports [BKL My 1 02]. Gillian Engberg
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“An invaluable tool for coaches of all levels.” (Michelle Akers, Two-Time World Cup Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, and FIFA Player of the Century)
This guide to coaching female athletes of all ages shows how to build a team and provides invaluable advice on the differences between coaching males and females. The authors include exercises that foster teamwork and develop essential skills. They also answer parents’ most common questions, such as how to tell if the coach is doing a good job and what to do if a child wants to quit. Filled with stories about the Olympic and World Cup championship teams, this useful handbook is infused throughout with DiCicco’s philosophy that at every level playing soccer (or any sport) is about “playing hard, playing fair, playing to win, and having fun.”
“An invaluable tool for coaches of all levels.”
Go For the Goal: A Champion’s Guide To Winning In Soccer And Life
Mia Hamm, star of the U.S. National Soccer Team, Olympic Gold Medalist, World Cup champion, and five-time National Player of the Year, has a simple take on her talents that also explains her success: “Many people say I’m the best women’s soccer player in the world. I don’t think so. And because of that, someday I just might be.” That’s what’s so appealing about Hamm as a role model, and it’s the inspirational message at the heart of her autobiography. But Goal is only in part about herself–”There is no me in Mia,” she suggests. Sure, she tells the story of the Army brat who rose to international stardom, but her book is really a pep talk and soccer instructional aimed at the hearts of the countless young women hoping to fill her enormous cleats. Mixing anecdote and opinion–she insists Kristine Lilly is the best player in the world, period–with lots of solid coaching and practical advice, Hamm breaks the game down into its essential skill components (trapping, passing, dribbling, shooting, heading, goaltending) and then addresses both the mental and physical aspects of the game in prose that talks up–not down–to her target readers. Photos (some to teach, some clearly to wow), diagrams (x’s and o’s of drills and plays), and tips from her teammates (Michelle Akers says, “There is a difference between a finisher and shooter…. The players who score tons of goals are the ones who can not only shoot but finish with deadly accuracy”) help her cover the field, and Hamm scores additional points with the same contagious spirit she demonstrates every time she puts on her uniform. –Jeff Silverman –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
For the more than seven million girlsfrom knobby-kneed tykes to high school and college starswho are tearing across the country chasing a soccer ball and dreams of glory, there is one name that eclipses all others, male or female: Mia Hamm. With her cheetahlike acceleration and lightning-bolt shot, Hamm broke nearly every record in her sport, while galvanizing a whole generation of fans and players.
Go for the Goal is not only the inspiring story of how a tiny suburban sprite became a global terror with a ball at her feetit’s also a step-by-step or dribble-by-dribble guide for any kid with the all-American dream of making the team and becoming a champion.
Filled with personal anecdotes and fully illustrated with both action and instructional photographs, Go for the Goal shows readers exactly how to master the silky skills and techniques that made Hamm and her teammates the finest women’s soccer team in the world.