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The Baffled Parent's Guide to Coaching 6-And-Under Soccer


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Introduction About This Book 1. Coaching Young Players Is Different Steep Learning Curve Your Critical Role Keeping Fun Foremost The Sport of Choice 2. Fun-Focused Practices and Games Controlled Touching Simplicity Itself Too Easy? Competition Creativity and Positive Reinforcement Coed or Not Coed? 3. The Game of Soccer for Young Players Soccer for Young Players Academy Coaching Squad Assignments Continuing to Limit Player Numbers A 6-and-Under Soccer Primer Other Rules Fighting for Your Players 4. Off the Field Managing Parents' Expectations Delegating Parental Duties Recruiting a Parent Helper The End-of-Season Celebration Trophies 5. On the Field Your Players' Equipment Needs Your Equipment for Practices Your Equipment for Games Choosing a Team Name 6. Behavioral Challenges of Young Players Discipline 7. Game Day Gone in an Instant Little Learning Winning and Losing Game-Day Responsibilities Refereeing Who Won? 8. Basic Ball-Control Skills and the Red Light/Green Light Drill Why Red Light/Green Light? Mastering Several Basic Skills through One Drill Drill 1: Red Light/Green Light Basic Ball-Control Skills Skill 1: Dribbling with the Inside of the Foot and Stopping the Ball by Stepping on It Skill 2: Dribbling with Speed Skill 3: Changing Direction with the Inside of the Foot, or "Cutting" the Ball Skill 4: The Pull Turn Skill 5: Receiving the Ball Skill 6: Juggling the Ball 9. Eleven More Drills and Four More Skills Drill 2: Bulldozers and Builders Drill 3: Follow the Leader Drill 4: Switch Drill 5: Alligator Pit Drill 6: Trash Day Skill 7: Kicking with the Instep, or Shooting Drill 7: Elmer Fudd Drill 8: Star Wars Skill 8: Passing with the Inside of the Foot Drill 9: Crab Soccer Drill 10: Sharks and Minnows Drill 11: Steal the Bacon Skill 9: Receiving the Ball on the Ground Drill 12: Freeze Tag Skill 10: Shielding the Ball 10. Your First Six Practices Highly Structured Before Practice During Practice After Practice 4- and 5-Year-Old Practice Sessions First Six Practices for 4- and 5-Year-Olds Specifics for 5- and 6-Year-Old Practice Sessions First Six Practices for 5- and 6-Year-Olds After Your First Six Practices Parent/Player Scrimmages The End of the Season Appendix Skills Troubleshooting Chart Resources Index Acknowledgments About the Authors

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David Williams is a lifelong soccer player and coach who honed his skills as a club player in Europe. A father of young children, he heads the 4- and 5-year-old division of the summer soccer camps sponsored by Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. He has also written and produced a thirty-page guide to coaching 4- and 5-year-olds for the Durango parks and recreation department.

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