Successful Coaching Paperback – 1 Jan 2004
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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.
Top customer reviews
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!
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
- 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
- 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
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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:
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!
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