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'[This] series is required reading for those of us who ...one day find ourselves facing the expectant gazes of a dozen youngsters who insist on calling us Coach' - "FamilyFun" magazine. 'You have the opportunity to teach the value of competition, that winning and losing are both part of the positive experience, and that having fun is the name of the game' - Paul Pasqualoni, Coach. You just volunteered to coach your child's football team, and you can't tell a draw play from a screen pass or a tight end from the end zone. Don't despair - "Coaching Youth Football" is here to help. From your first team meeting, "Coaching Youth Football" shows you how to teach the fundamentals of football, including passing, catching, blocking, and kicking.You'll find drills for playing offense and defense that work for any age group or experience level. You'll even learn to develop your own coaching style - and before you know it, you'll be coaching players who are learning, motivated, and most of all, having fun. Survive your first practice and game. Promote good habits, concentration, and teamwork. Find answers to common problems in the Q & A sections. Create a positive attitude, build team spirit, and get along with parents. Make practices fun, safe, and rewarding. Be the coach you never had. 'An invaluable guide for both novice and veteran coaches' - Fred Lower, Bangor (Maine) Youth Football Organization.
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Paul Pasqualoni of Syracuse University, one of the country's leading football coaches, brings the winning Baffled Parent's touch to coaching a sport played by hundreds of thousands of children each fall. Pasqualoni, who after only eight seasons ranks ninth in wins among active Division I coaches, is noted for his hands-on style of working with players.
Coaching Youth Football, like other titles in the Baffled Parent's series (Coaching Youth Basketball, Coaching Youth Soccer, Coaching Youth Baseball, Coaching Youth Softball), is written for the unprepared parent who is unwittingly thrust into the role of coaching his or her 8- to 12-year-old child's football team. It provides the fundamentals a new coach needs to control, motivate, and encourage a disparate group of boys and girls of varying skills and dispositions. The book will address both the logistics of running a youth team (How do I get uniforms or arrange for practice time?) and the specifics of coaching football (What do I do at the first practice? How do I determine a child's position? How do I teach blocking and tackling safely? What about passing and kicking? How do I calm a player's - and parent's ¾ fear of being hurt?) The text allows a coach to match drills to players' skills and motivations-and focuses on teaching kids to enjoy the experience. Later chapters deal with how to run a successful practice, manage and strategize during a game, and provide offensive and defensive drills. Throughout there are suggestions for giving your players the best opportunity to grow and learn. Also included will be chapter-ending question-and-answer sections dealing with typical problems every coach faces (Why doesn't my child get more playing time? How do I deal with a disruptive player?)About the Author:
Paul Pasqualoni is a three-time recipient of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award. As head football coach at Syracuse University for over ten years, he has led his teams to six victories in eight bowl game appearances. He is a member of the board of trustees of the American Football Coaches Association.
Jim McLaughlin has coached at the high school and collegiate level for over thirty years. As a high school football coach for the last thirteen years, he has coached his teams to the state finals eight times, winning three state championships.
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