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Coaching Girls' Soccer Successfully

Coaching Girls' Soccer Successfully

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    Build a winning girls’ soccer program, on the field and off. In Coaching Girls’ Soccer Successfully, one of the nation’s top high school coaches, Debra LaPrath, shares her expertise on all aspects of coaching. From establishing a coaching philosophy to making decisions during a game, this is the approach that has made her program a perennial powerhouse.

    Coaching Girls’ Soccer Successfully covers every aspect of the coach’s role:
    • Developing and perfecting skills
    • Evaluating players and defining their roles
    • Organizing productive practices
    • Scouting and preparing for games
    • Adding variety to training
    • Developing leadership qualities
    • Motivating the team
    • Communicating on and off the field
    Featuring seasonal training plans, drills for developing fundamental to advanced skills, and advice for handling off-the-field challenges, Coaching Girls’ Soccer Successfully is the most comprehensive resource available for novice and experienced coaches alike.

    Table of Contents

    Part I Coaching Foundation
    Chapter 1. Developing a Coaching Philosophy
    Chapter 2. Communicating Your Approach
    Chapter 3. Motivating Players
    Chapter 4. Building and Maintaining a Soccer Program

    Part II Coaching Plans
    Chapter 5. Planning for the Season
    Chapter 6. Training the Athletes
    Chapter 7. Preparing for Practices

    Part III Coaching Skills
    Chapter 8. Dribbling
    Chapter 9. Passing, Receiving, and Turning
    Chapter 10. Shooting
    Chapter 11. Heading
    Chapter 12. Goalkeeping

    Part IV Coaching Tactics and Systems
    Chapter 13. Principles of Team Play
    Chapter 14. Formations and Systems

    Part V Coaching Matches
    Chapter 15. Preparing for a Match
    Chapter 16. Handling Match-Day Situations

    Part VI Coaching Evaluation
    Chapter 17. Evaluating Players
    Chapter 18. Evaluating Your Program

    About the Author

    Debra LaPrath has been head coach at California's Maria Carrillo High School since 1996. She has led MCHS to six consecutive North Coast Section finals and won back-to-back championships in 2001 and 2002.

    LaPrath earned NSCAA State/Regional Coach of the Year (2011-12) and the All-Empire Coach of the Year (2011-12). She was awarded North Coast Section Coach of the Year honors in 2004, along with various conference and media Coach of the Year honors in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. She is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America; the California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; and the National Education Association.

    LaPrath grew up in San Diego playing for the San Diego Surf Soccer Club and moved to Sonoma County to play Soccer for Sonoma State University. She has coached for more than 18 years. In addition to her on-field success, LaPrath uses a variety of fund-raising, team-building, and community service projects to give her athletes a well-rounded experience and create a program that is greater than any one achievement. LaPrath believes it's most important to focus on helping to raise confident, happy young women. She lives in Rohnert Park, California.

    Reviews

    "Coaching Girls' Soccer Successfully is an excellent resource for soccer coaches of all levels. LaPrath transforms years of experience as an extraordinary coach into an invaluable tool for developing winning teams both on and off the soccer field."

    Kelli Robinson
    President of Fearless Soccer and Fitness
    Former Professional Soccer Player


    "Debra's coaching techniques made me a better player, a more complete athlete, and ultimately a more confident woman. For motivational tips, coaching guidelines, and specific strategies for working with female soccer players, this book is a must-read!"

    Melissa Matulich
    NCAA Division I Soccer (2003-2007)
    2007 Wally Bell Award Winner

    "Debra is the inspirational player every team wanted. Her enthusiasm, work ethic, and spirit were always a source of motivation at trainings. People simply wanted to be on her team. She brings nothing less to Coaching Girls' Soccer Successfully . Her approach to teaching and knowledge of the fundamentals make individuals and teams improve. But what LaPrath really excels at are the off-the-field aspects of team unity, player development, leadership, and communication that consistently build a successful program.

    Kim T. Sutton
    Women's head soccer coach
    Chico State University