Players 1st

Complete Soccer Coach’s Guide to Developing Extraordinary Players, Ages 7-14


Players 1st Complete Soccer Coach’s Guide to Developing Extraordinary Players, Ages 7-14


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Players 1st—a guide to soccer player development for coaches of young athletes ages 7 to 14—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. This book 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 ideas designed to benefit those who are looking to develop as well as refresh and expand their coaching skills. Take your terrific kids and turn them into extraordinary players with this complete coach’s guide!

Additional Information

Pages 280
Print run 1st edition
Format Specifications 16,5 x 24,0 cm, Paperback / softback, 60 Illustrations, color
Publication Date 1 Mar 2018
Authors Dooley, Bill
ISBN 978-1-78255-131-7
Delivery time 5 Tage

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About the Authors

Dooley, Bill

Bill Dooley has coached boys and girls of every age from U-Little to high school level. With a background as teacher, coach, and summer camp and school athletic director, he has most recently been developing programs and curricula for the Coerver Coaching affiliate in Colorado. Bill has been an USC (formerly 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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