Coaching Kids For Dummies
Coaching Kids For Dummies
ISBN: 978-0-764-55197-0 April 2000 252 Pages
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Written by a nationally recognized sports-parenting expert, coach, and author who is also a former professional baseball player, Coaching Kids For Dummies shows you step by step how to make sports a positive experience for kids of all ages. Packed with practical advice for coaches and parents, it shows you how to:
- Help kids select the best sports for them
- Communicate effectively with your young athletes
- Deal with losses and wins
- Provide encouragement without pushing too hard
- Motivate kids and boost performance
- Foster good sportsmanship
- Prevent sports burnout
- Handle irate parents
- Evaluate travel teams
No matter what your prior experience with youth league sports—even if you weren’t in one yourself as a kid—Coaching Kids For Dummies coaches you in all the essentials. Topics you’ll explore include:
- What every parent should know about youth sports, including the right age to get them started, how leagues work, and what your kid and you can expect
- Basic coaching tasks and responsibilities, such as pregame preparation, practice sessions, team meetings with kids and parents, and more
- Communication and motivational skills every coach needs to develop
- Coaching challenges, including scheduling, hostile parents, dealing with injuries, and coaching your own kids
Loaded with tested-in-the-trenches strategies for helping kids get the most out of sports, Coaching Kids For Dummies is every youth league coach’s survival guide.
Table of contents
PART I: A Parent's Primer.
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Sports Parenting.
Chapter 2: Determining the Right Age to Begin Sports.
Chapter 3: Dealing with Your Child's (And Your Own) Disappointments.
Chapter 4: Evaluating the Pros and Cons of Travel Teams.
Chapter 5: Understanding the Differences between Individual and Team Sports.
PART II: Coaching Tasks.
Chapter 6: Outlining Your Responsibilities As a Youth Coach.
Chapter 7: Setting Up for the Season.
Chapter 8: Preparing and Conducting Practices.
Chapter 9: Coaching during a Game or Meet.
PART III: Motivation and the Mental Game.
Chapter 10: Motivating Today's Young Athletes.
Chapter 11: Teaching the Basics of Good Sportsmanship.
PART IV: Coaching Challenges.
Chapter 12: Handling Tough Situations with Your Team.
Chapter 13: Coping with Kids' Sports Injuries.
Chapter 14: Coaching Your Own Child.
Chapter 15: Dealing with the Stresses of the Job.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 16: Ten Things Every Parent Should Know.
Chapter 17: Ten Great Coaching Tips.
Chapter 18: Ten (Actually, 20) Brief Tips for Becoming a Great Coach.
Appendix A: Youth Sports Organizations.
Appendix B: The Coach's Resource Kit.
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