The Baffled Parent's Guide to Coaching Girls' Soccer by Drayson HounsomeThe Baffled Parent's Guide to Coaching Girls' Soccer by Drayson Hounsome

The Baffled Parent's Guide to Coaching Girls' Soccer

byDrayson Hounsome

Paperback | July 12, 2005

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"No matter what your level of experience, this is a must-read for every girls' youth soccer coach."—Simon Riddiough, Women's Soccer Coach, Hofstra University

Coach. You just volunteered to coach your daughter's soccer team, and you can't tell a drag back from a takeover or an offside from a goal kick.

Don't despair—Coaching Girls' Soccer is here to help. From your first team meeting to the season-ending pizza party, Coaching Girls' Soccer will get you started and keep you going. In addition to learning how to teach the fundamental skills of passing, dribbling, heading, and shooting, you'll learn how to encourage competition and athleticism in girls, how to build their confidence and self-esteem, and how to deal with performance changes as girls mature. You'll even develop the coaching style that works best for you and your players. Before you know it, you'll be coaching players who are moving, motivated, and most of all, having fun.

  • Survive your first practice and first game
  • Promote good habits, concentration, and teamwork
  • Learn what's unique about coaching girls from 4 to 14!
  • Coach goalkeepers using the chapter on goalkeeping and special keeper drills
  • Make practices safe, fun, and rewarding
  • Improve your players and your team

    "A very clear, engaging guide to coaching girls' soccer. Coach Hounsome is widely recognized for providing girls with the highest level of soccer development within a highly enjoyable atmosphere."—Gary Book, President, NOGA Soccer

Drayson Hounsome is the head women's soccer coach at the nationally ranked CW Post Campus of Long Island University and head girls' coach in the Long Island Junior Soccer League Olympic Development Program.
Title:The Baffled Parent's Guide to Coaching Girls' SoccerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9.2 × 7.5 × 0.41 inPublished:July 12, 2005Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071440925

ISBN - 13:9780071440929

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Table of Contents



Part One. Coaching 101: Everything You Need to Know about Coaching Girls' Soccer

1. What's Different in Coaching Girls' Soccer?

Girls' Soccer vs. Boys' Soccer

2. Issues with Coaching Girls

Sexual Harassment

Legal Issues

Soccer Injuries

Female Athlete Triad


3. Developing a Learning Environment

Make It Fun

Be Positive



Practicing outside the Comfort Zone

Soccer for Life

4. Essential Teaching and Coaching Skills


The Teaching Process

Teaching Skills


Developmental Philosophy

5. How to Play Soccer

The Playing Area


Player Equipment

Team Equipment

Rules of the Game

The Offside Rule

6. Coaching the Season


Meet the Parents

Questions and Answers

7. Essential Techniques



Ball Control

Shooting and Finishing



8. Goalkeeping

Additional Equipment

Starting Position

Catching at Ground

Catching at Height


Additional Goalkeeper Techniques


9. Essential Tactics

Offensive Tactics

Defensive Tactics

Possession Tactics

Tactical Differences

10. The Practice

Practice Format

Economical Training

Planning the Practice

Organizing the Practice

Organizational Games

Sample Practices

Questions and Answers

11. Coaching the Game

Preparing for the Game

Game Day Warm-Up

Team Talk

Game Etiquette

Coaching the First Half


Playing Time and Substitutions

Postgame Talk

Questions and Answers

Part Two. Exercises and Games: Foundations for the Growth of Players and Coaches

12. Dribbling, Passing, Juggling, and Ball Control

13. Shooting and Finishing, and Heading

14. Goalkeeping

15. Possession and Defending


Referee Signals




About the Author