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Coaching The Coach - A complete guide how to coach soccer skills through drills [Paperback]

Richard Seedhouse
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Book Description

23 Nov 2007
This book is more than just a common session guide or book of drills. It expands on why you choose a drill, how you will use it and what you will coach. This book is coach education. Use all the other drill books and session plans you want but without reading this book you will not know what you are trying to coach, why, and how. It will question your thoughts and help you learn and develop as a coach. If you are a parent taking up the reigns of a new team or a Level 1 coach this book is for you. As you read through you will understand more about what coaching your players really is and means. It is the first book you should read and the one book you should keep by your side. It is written to help you and all grassroots coaches to coach. Richard Seedhouse is an FA tutor holding the UEFA B (Level3) Coaching Licence and the Level 2 goalkeeping Coaching Certificate. He is an FA Centre of Excellence coach with Coventry City Ladies and has coached the youth team at Nuneaton Borough FC. Richard maintains his grassroots links as the Football Development Officer at Coundon Court FC, recent winners of the FA Charter Standard Development Club of the Year award for the Midlands Region. Testimonies "The prompting of questions and challenging the coach to design progressions and sessions will fit in with current work around coach development and education" Andy Poole, UEFA A Licence coach and the FA Regional Coach Development Manager, talking about how the book can help Trevor Brooking and the FA's new initiative on coach development. "Whenever we take on any new Level 1 coach at our sports centre I will make sure they know about this book and recommend they read it" Terry Harvey, UEFA B coach and Sports Centre Manager. "I have read many coaching manuals which show how to set up, organise and the key points to look for. However, this book shows what the coach can do to improve or improvise the sessions. Excellent for coaches just starting out on their coaching career" David Busst, UEFA A Licence coach, Coventry City FC Football Coaching in the Community Manager. "Easy to read and with a logical approach this book will give the coach the confidence to get involved with their players and actually begin to coach them" Michelle Hickmott, Level 2 Coach and England Ladies International at U21 and U23 and Birmingham City Ladies FC in the Premier League. "I read this book just before my level 2 course and found it a great help as it actually talked about coaching the player's the same specific points as coached on the course" Ty Power, Level 1 coach currently taking the level 2 coaching certificate.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Authors OnLine Ltd. (23 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755210743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755210749
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Richard Seedhouse was born in Coventry, England on 21st March 1968. His first book, "Coaching The Coach" has been nothing less than a phenomenal success. "Coaching The Coach" has regularly been the UK's number 1 best selling book in the soccer skills and drills category since its release in 2007 and has gone on to sell thousands worldwide.

Richard's second book Coaching Mini-Soccer was released in 2011 in partnership with www.SoccerTutor.com and immediately became another No 1 best seller. Coaching Mini-Soccer is the first in a series of new books planned by the partnership.

The second and Richard's third book Coaching The Coach 2 was released in June 2012 and is another best seller and the perfect accompaniment to the FA's new Football Development Initiative.

Coaching the Coach 2 continues the educational development of the soccer coach from his first book and the technical base required in coaching into small sided games, functional drills, phases of play and games.

Already getting rave reviews from readers it promises to be an un-missable read for any football coach who is serious about player and personal development.

These books now form a coach education trilogy - the perfect coaching foundation - designed to improve grassroots coaching and player development!

Richard has also submitted articles for World Class Coaching Magazine and wrote the coaching articles in JSP Live, a grassroots football pull-out which appeared in the Sunday People newspaper. Richard is a UEFA B Coach, JFO Tutor and Coach Mentor who is also on two County FA committees for both Raising Standards and Coach Mentoring.

Keep up to date with Richard on twitter @skybluecd or www.coachingthecoach.net

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Superb Coaching Book 16 Mar 2008
I have read many coaching books in my time and they all follow the same pattern, they give you the drill and tell you what to do (this is fine as long as everything goes to plan, and the correct amount of players turn up, which we all know rarely happens!)This book, however, is different. This book asks you questions, asks you the reader how you can change and adapt the drills if you need to. Not only are you given a vast amount of drills but they are also explained in depth, the points at which we should be focusing and looking at are highlighted so that we can ultimately improve the players' ability. Anyone who has already achieved their FA Level 1 coaching badge and wants to prepare themselves for their Level 2 ought to read this. Be equipped for your Level 2 and be the top of the class. Perhaps you don't have the intention of taking your Level 2 and just want to improve as a coach yourself, then you should read this. I really cannot do this book justice merely by saying how superb it is, so buy this book and see for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic bind between level 1 and level 2 1 April 2008
Having been recommended the book by a coach at my football club, and personally not having much experience at coaching the past, this is a fantastic read to open your eyes to the Level 2 experience. I've been coaching for around 36 months now, attended the Level 1 course, researched drills from the internet and other books.

What this book gives you, is the ability to think out the box and gets you in the frame of mind for the Level 2 course. It doesnt only just get you thinking about the people involved in playing the football, but the environment that some times you take for granted. This may sound simple, but using the same coloured cones as boundry markers, and different colour cones for goal (hard when you have a pack of 50 white cones, but now invested in some colour cones).

It slides in nicely, questioning your own thoughts of coaching, why did that pass go wide? what could the player have done better? let recreate the situation and improve the player. The drills are well explained, simplified and gives natual progression.

I've recommdend this book to a number of people at the club, not just coaches, but parents who are thinking about going into coaching. It also has the added bonus of having a photo of one of the chaps I was on my Level 2 course with - good times!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Coaching Guide 7 Jan 2008
Unlike usual coaching books/guides, this book does not just give you a list of drills for you to set up and supervise, but promotes active coaching. Not only does it explain what each drill works on, but why, how to make it suitable to the players you are coaching, and also draws out your own ideas on to how you can differ the drill in order to make it more effective and/or challenging to the individuals involved. As a level 1 coach I found this book the most beneficial out of any material I have used to help improve my coaching ability and would recommend it to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying for a second time! 4 Oct 2013
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As a newly qualified coach I had been looking for some new learning material for inspiration for my coaching. This book was a real surprise, lots of good drills and sessions. What I really like is its ability to push me as a coach to understand how best to deliver a session. I've tried many of the drills with my Under 8's and they always react really well. Have now purchased this book for a second time after someone stole my first copy - that's how worthwhile it is. Have also just got a copy of Richards latest book about coaching mini soccer and that looks like its going to be as good as this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids footie clubs 11 Sep 2013
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My husband loves this book. He manages as under 11s team and he says it gives him some great ideas for activities to do with the lads.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For an old stager 6 Sep 2013
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Although I am now 69, I have become a manager of my grandson's under 9 team, I have found the book very useful, and the service prompt.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a must-read for new coaches 8 Mar 2012
If, like me, you got into football coaching by being a touchline parent helping out at training and matches for your sons football team, and you are now looking to get more involved and take your FA Level 1 badge and / or coach a team, then this book is a must-read. I recommend you read this book first, and then read "Coaching Mini Soccer: A Tried and Tested Program of Essential Skills and Drills for 5 to 10 Year Olds" (also by Richard Seedhouse). You will soon gain enough knowledge and confidence to take training sessions yourself and pass your level 1 course.

Other books I can recommend to read after these two are "Coaching Junior Football Teams For Dummies", and "Soccer Academy: 100 Defending Practices and Small Sided Games" and "The Soccer Academy: 140 Overload Games and Finishing Practices" (both by Michael Beale).

Want to know a book to avoid ? - "101 Great Youth Soccer Drills: Skills and Drills for Better Fundamental Play" by Robert Koger. The drills are really confusing, even to more experienced coaches than myself that I've shown them to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 12 July 2011
Great drills, effective tips and a very pleasant read. A must-have for any coach thinking of taking the next step!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get started in coaching
I found this book to be most helpful as I am about to undertake a coaching course, so this was a great place to start reading up before the course kicks in. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Hargreaves
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but flawed
This is a great book as the other reviewers have said. It is written in an unusual style, mostly in the present tense and with lots of questions, which gives it a sense of someone... Read more
Published 3 months ago by London Fields
3.0 out of 5 stars Makes you look at yourself
This book is a good trg aid for any football coach teaching children from 6 - 15 and it not only gives you drills and exercises to do it get you to ask yourself about how you could... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Russell Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Beginner Coach
A nice basic manual of what to Coach but far more importantly it tells you why you are coaching it. This is vital and I found it a great help when undergoing my C License. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2011 by Russell3162001
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic coaching book.
Like the other reviews say, this book is brilliant. If you are looking to buy coaching resources this is the one to get.
Published on 17 Jan 2011 by Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent coaching aid
I have just completed my FA Level 1 Coaching badge, and feel this book provides excellent support and ideas for anyone involved in coaching youth football.
Published on 22 Feb 2010 by MR NADEEM GABRIEL OBAGI
2.0 out of 5 stars Only buy if you dont have a clue
Dont buy this book if you are an experienced coach... This book is for people who are starting out (hopefully it is aimed at them as well) and if this is you then this book... Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2009 by A. Robertson
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this book is fantastic a must for every coach no matter what level their at brilliant
Published on 30 July 2009 by P. CUMMINGS
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