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Successful Coaching [Paperback]

Rainer Martens
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April 2004
Being a successful coach is not just about Xs and Os and winning games. It's about coaching young people to become successful athletes - and successful human beings. But unless you already have the teaching skills of an educator, the training expertise of a physiologist, the administrative leadership of a business executive, and the counseling wisdom of a psychologist, you will rely on this third edition of "Successful Coaching" to discover how to excel as a coach. "Successful Coaching" offers an in-depth introduction to the coaching profession and is specifically written for the high school and serious club coach. Integrating the latest sport science research with practical knowledge acquired by highly experienced coaches, this book features new sections on sportsmanship, coaching diverse athletes, managing athletes' behavior, preventing and addressing drug and alcohol abuse, and coaching using the games approach. Five sections serve as the foundation for the book. Principles of Coaching emphasizes the value of a coaching philosophy and how to achieve the three major objectives of coaching: create a team of winners; help young people have fun; and motivate young people to develop physical, psychological, and social skills. Featured is a new chapter devoted to coaching diverse athletes, in which coaches learn about developmental differences in youth, cultural and gender differences, and differences in physical and mental abilities. Also new are specific guidelines on sexual harassment, sexual relations, and homosexuality in sport, making "Successful Coaching" the first book to offer written guidelines that address these issues. Principles of Behavior discusses how to communicate and motivate players, as well as manage problem behaviors among athletes, using a positive discipline approach. Principles of Teaching introduces the games approach to coaching and details how to incorporate this new approach into teaching technical and tactical skills. Coaches will learn how to develop an instructional plan for each practice and for the entire season. Principles of Physical Training includes five new chapters on training basics, training for energy fitness, training for muscular fitness, nutrition, and battling drugs. Coaches will learn to develop training programs for better sport performance and to ensure the health and safety of their athletes. Principles of Management covers the interpersonal and administrative basics required for building a solid coaching foundation that emphasizes team, relationship, and risk management. Helpful advice on working with fellow coaches, administrators, officials, medical personnel, parents, and the media is also included. With more than 500,000 copies sold since the release of the first edition, "Successful Coaching" is the best-selling general coaching book ever published. Produced by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) and written by ASEP founder Rainer Martens, Successful Coaching serves as the text for ASEP's Coaching Principles course. This course is used by many colleges and universities and endorsed by numerous state high school associations and other sport organizations as the preferred professional development program for their coaches. Each year, more than 25,000 coaches take this course to further their professional development and meet coaching certification requirements. "Successful Coaching, Third Edition", was reviewed by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) and complies with the NASPE National Standards for Sport Coaches and the NCACE Guidelines for Accreditation of Coaching Education.

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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers; 3rd Revised edition edition (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736040129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736040129
  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 21.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From AthletesAdvisor.com"This book covers a lot of topics and usually books that tackle this much content fail to go deep enough in each area. Not in this case! "Successful Coaching"'s rich use of visual aids and sidebar content add to the text of each section with great success and clarity."

About the Author

Sport has always been a vital part of Rainer Martens' life. He has coached at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels and has studied sport as a research scientist. The founder and president of Human Kinetics, he also started the American Sport Education Program, the largest coaching education program in the United States. An internationally recognized sport psychologist, Martens is the author of more than 80 scholarly articles and 15 books, including Successful Coaching, the best-selling coaching book ever published, and Directing Youth Sport Programs. He has also been a featured speaker at more than 100 conferences around the world and has conducted more than 150 workshops and clinics for coaches and athletes at all levels. After receiving his PhD in physical education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1968, Martens was a member of its faculty for 16 years. A past president of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, he has been recognized for his contribution to sport by the National Recreation and Park Association and by his induction into the National Association of Sport and Physical Education Hall of Fame. He has received Distinguished Alumni awards from Emporia State University in Kansas (where he earned a bachelor's degree), the University of Montana (where he earned a master's degree), the University of Illinois, and Hutchinson High School. Martens continues to enjoy sport today, especially senior softball. As a member of the world champion 60+ Florida Legends, Martens has been named to six all-world teams.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for All New Coaches in any Sport 19 Sep 1998
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This is THE best coaching book for beginner to intermediate coaches I have EVER read. I think so highly of this book that I feel all coaches should be handed a copy as soon as they sign up for a coaching job. This is the book that basically made me the coach I am today. When I first began coaching high school hockey, I sought coaching education in all the books I could find. But for a beginning coach, many of these books fell short with the simple fact that new coaches need to learn from the bottom up. This book not only remembers to teach you all aspects of coaching you will need to get started in coaching but hits on a lot of the aspects that you may not even have considered. This is the first book I read that hits upon the idea that coaching is more that X's and O's. Many coaching books fail to realize that organization is the key to successful coaching. Practice and season planning are covered in a way that a new coach can begin planning their season immediately. Physical conditioning planning and teaching plans are covered in a way that no matter what the sport is that you are coaching, you can apply the lessons taught. From how to make up your season outline to how to set and reach your team objectives are covered to the point where you can gain the confidence you need to succeed. But also covered are things such as how to avoid legal problems, how to deal with parents and how and when to run meetings with both parents and players. These are the very details that most hockey or coaching books seem to leave out. And these are the very things that all new coaches need to get information on BEFORE they begin. And after coaching for four years on the high school level, I have needed ALL of the information I gained from this book. I can not recommend this book enough. EVERY COACH IN EVERY SPORT SHOULD OWN IT.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every coach needs a coach 24 Nov 2010
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Successful Coaching ticks all the boxes in the coaching and management industry. Very easy to understand with simple language, clear and concise. Good for beginners and experts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 25 Feb 2014
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Greak Book, very easy to understand what the author says, with good example's.
Recomend to everyone who coach a sports team.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too Generic! 18 Oct 2011
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This book was recommended reading for a Coaching course I attended but to be honest it is:

1) Too American - the section on litigation was way over the top for the uk

2) Too Simple - If you have never coached before then its ok, otherwise there are far better out there!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for All New Coaches in any Sport 19 Sep 1998
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Format:Paperback
This is THE best coaching book for beginner to intermediate coaches I have EVER read. I think so highly of this book that I feel all coaches should be handed a copy as soon as they sign up for a coaching job. This is the book that basically made me the coach I am today. When I first began coaching high school hockey, I sought coaching education in all the books I could find. But for a beginning coach, many of these books fell short with the simple fact that new coaches need to learn from the bottom up. This book not only remembers to teach you all aspects of coaching you will need to get started in coaching but hits on a lot of the aspects that you may not even have considered. This is the first book I read that hits upon the idea that coaching is more that X's and O's. Many coaching books fail to realize that organization is the key to successful coaching. Practice and season planning are covered in a way that a new coach can begin planning their season immediately. Physical conditioning planning and teaching plans are covered in a way that no matter what the sport is that you are coaching, you can apply the lessons taught. From how to make up your season outline to how to set and reach your team objectives are covered to the point where you can gain the confidence you need to succeed. But also covered are things such as how to avoid legal problems, how to deal with parents and how and when to run meetings with both parents and players. These are the very details that most hockey or coaching books seem to leave out. And these are the very things that all new coaches need to get information on BEFORE they begin. And after coaching for four years on the high school level, I have needed ALL of the information I gained from this book. I can not recommend this book enough. EVERY COACH IN EVERY SPORT SHOULD OWN IT.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Premier Coaching Text 4 Jan 2006
By P. Ritter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is THE book for anyone aspiring to coach. If you have the desire to coach but lack the knowledge, buy this book now! It can be a bit dry at times, but so can coaching. The bottom line is that it teaches a lot of things and teaches them well.

One minor quibble is the book's hasty dismissal of command-style coaching. I think Martens is a little harsh in that regard. But, that's a nit-pick. The book is outstanding.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Beyond Sports 1 Nov 2009
By Edward J. Barton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is beyond just sports coaching. While the emphasis is on coaching the school age athlete, there is a lot of great material on motivation, teamwork, planning, execution and psychology that apply to the business world as well.

The material covered in 5 units includes:
* Principles of Coaching
* Principles of Behavior
* Principles of Teaching
* Principles of Physical Training - including nutrition
* Principles of Management

The book is an easy read, and great for any parent getting into coaching, anyone who coaches athletics, or even a business manager looking for an edge. A good read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic Book 23 May 2008
By J. Coberly - Published on Amazon.com
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Pros:
- lots of topics
- chapters are well-categorized and information within them make sense
- good for any sport (though it does have somewhat of a basketball lean)
- lots of good info-graphics, tables, checklists, pictures, etc so you are not just reading listlessly
- good information for all levels of coaching
- the list goes on and on - this is quite possibly the best book I have bought from Amazon so far

Cons:
- Big (over 500 pages)
- Would like to see more info in the "practice as games (paraphrase)" section
- Some information in the supplement breakdown is contrary to the information I am familiar with

** Added Bonus **
Apparently this book is also the curriculum for a college course, so whether you are just thinking about buying it and want more information, or you already own it and want a "quick reference" there is a very good support site here:
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I have read several books on coaching, and this is by far, the most comprehensive. It is easy to read and quite informative. Covers areas including self-assessment, tactical and technical coaching, practices, psychology, communication (with players, officials, even assistant coaches!), staff management, and even record keeping!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than I expected 29 May 2011
By d-man - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is well writen. As a high school coach for 25 years this book will help me to expand my thought process and teachings towards my athletes. Rainer Martens leaves no stones unturned. If you want to learn more about developing your coaching philosophy,style,motivation,teaching skills or managing your team,this book is for you.
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