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Coaching Lacrosse For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-22699-5
368 pages
February 2008
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Thinking about volunteering as a lacrosse coach? Even if you’ve never done it before, you can lead your team to a safe and exciting season. Coaching Lacrosse For Dummies shows you the fun and easy way to get the score on coaching youth lacrosse with loads of tips and plenty of offensive and defensive drills.

This friendly guide helps you grasp the basics and take charge on the field. You’ll get lots of expert advice on teaching essential skills to different age groups, determining positions for each player, promoting teamwork, keeping kids healthy and injury-free, helping struggling players improve their skills and encouraging your best players to make the most of their talents, and leading your team effectively during a game. Discover how to:

  • Recognize your behind-the-scenes responsibilities
  • Get a handle on rules and terms
  • Plan and execute practices
  • Teach basic lacrosse skills
  • Identify players’ strengths and weaknesses
  • Juggle the dual roles of coach and parent
  • Develop a lacrosse coaching philosophy
  • Motivate all of your players
  • Make practice and skill-building fun
  • Understand the league your coaching
  • Make sure your team has all the right equipment
  • Take different approaches to coaching girls and boys
  • Assign players to positions
  • Motivate players on game day

It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it. Make yourself the perfect somebody with a little help from Coaching Lacrosse For Dummies.

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Introduction.

Part I: Gearing Up to Coach Lacrosse.

Chapter 1: Teaching Lacrosse to Children.

Chapter 2: Setting the Stage for a Successful Season.

Chapter 3: Covering Basic Lacrosse Rules.

Chapter 4: Parental Guidance: Meeting Your Players’ Parents.

Part II: Fielding a Lacrosse Team.

Chapter 5: Managing Your Team.

Chapter 6: Conducting Fun-Filled Practices.

Chapter 7: Getting with the Drills.

Chapter 8: Making Game Day Memorable — For the Right Reasons.

Part III: Basic Training: Teaching Lacrosse Skills.

Chapter 9: Scoring with Offensive Fundamentals.

Chapter 10: Setting Defensive Fundamentals.

Chapter 11: Playing Lacrosse Offense.

Chapter 12: Playing Lacrosse Defense.

Part IV: Net Gains: Advanced Lacrosse Coaching.

Chapter 13: Refining Your Coaching Strategies.

Chapter 14: Taking Your Drills to the Next Level.

Chapter 15: Stepping Up the Offense.

Chapter 16: Tightening the Defense.

Part V: The Extra Points.

Chapter 17: Staying Healthy and Injury Free.

Chapter 18: Challenges Every Lacrosse Coach Will Face.

Chapter 19: Coaching a Lacrosse Travel Team.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Qualities All Good Lacrosse Players Possess.

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Prepare Players for a Lacrosse Game.

Chapter 22: Twelve Tips to Help Goaltenders Excel in the Nets.

Index.

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The National Alliance For Youth Sports has been America’s leading advocate for positive and safe sports for children for more than 25 years. It serves volunteer coaches, parents with children involved in organized sports, game officials, youth sports administrators, league directors, and the youngsters who participate in organized sports. The Alliance’s programs are utilized in more than 3,000 communities nationwide by parks and recreation departments, Boys & Girls Clubs, Police Athletic Leagues, YMCAs/YWCAs, and various independent youth service groups, as well as on military installations worldwide. For more information on the Alliance’s programs, which are listed below, visit www.nays.org.

Greg Bach is the communications director for the National Alliance For Youth Sports (NAYS), a position he has held since 1993. Before joining NAYS, he worked as the sports editor of the Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe, Michigan, where he captured numerous writing awards from the Associated Press, Michigan Press Association, and the Hearst Corporation. He has a journalism degree from Michigan State University, which he earned in 1989, and is a devoted follower of his beloved Spartans in all sports. He’s also the author of Coaching Soccer For Dummies, Coaching Football For Dummies, Coaching Basketball For Dummies, and Coaching Baseball For Dummies.

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