Would you like to help develop extraordinary players in your soccer coaching? This guide to soccer player development for coaches of young athletes ages 7 to 14 will help direct you. Players 1st is as unconventional as it is comprehensive. It takes the longer-term view that if you teach the skills, the kids will play for a lifetime. Player’s 1st emphasizes developing the player, meaning the focus is individual improvement rather than the team result. It encourages a “Go-for-It” mentality and welcomes the failures that happen as young athletes learn to train. Above all, Players 1st recognizes that the primary purpose of all this is not so much about a sport but, in the words of Positive Coaching Alliance founder Jim Thompson, “stronger, more responsible, and confident individuals who will be successful in life.” Drawing heavily on the author’s evolution from a completely clueless newbie to an experienced coach, Players 1st is filled with innovative (and sometimes unconventional) ideas designed to benefit those who are looking to develop as well as refresh and expand their coaching skills. This books shows you how to take your terrific kids and turn them into extraordinary players with this complete coach’s guide!
About the Author
Bill Dooley has coached boys and girls of every age from U-Little to high school level. He has had the opportunity to create programs and multi-level curricula for the Coerver Coaching affiliate in Colorado. Bill has been an NSCAA member since 1988. He was also a member of the World Cup USA Founders Club, which underwrote the successful bid for the 1994 World Cup. Bill holds a “C” coaching license, has instructed at “E” and “D” courses, and has been a trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance. He currently lives in Colorado.
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