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Coaching Girls' Soccer Successfully [Paperback]

Debra LaPrath

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Oct. 9 2008 Coaching Successfully

Build a winning girls' soccer program, on the field and off. In Coaching Girls' Soccer Successfully, one of the nation's top high school coaches, Debra LaPrath, shares her expertise on all aspects of coaching. From establishing a coaching philosophy to making decisions during a game, this is the approach that has made her program a perennial powerhouse.

Coaching Girls' Soccer Successfully covers every aspect of the coach's role:

-Developing and perfecting skills

-Evaluating players and defining their roles

-Organizing productive practices

-Scouting and preparing for games

-Adding variety to training

-Developing leadership qualities

-Motivating the team

-Communicating on and off the field
Featuring seasonal training plans, drills for developing fundamental to advanced skills, and advice for handling off-the-field challenges, Coaching Girls' Soccer Successfully is the most comprehensive resource available for novice and experienced coaches alike.

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"Coaching Girls' Soccer Successfully is an excellent resource for soccer coaches of all levels. LaPrath transforms years of experience as an extraordinary coach into an invaluable tool for developing winning teams both on and off the soccer field."

Kelli Robinson
President of Fearless Soccer and Fitness
Former Professional Soccer Player

"Debra's coaching techniques made me a better player, a more complete athlete, and ultimately a more confident woman. For motivational tips, coaching guidelines, and specific strategies for working with female soccer players, this book is a must-read!"

Melissa Matulich
NCAA Division I Soccer (2003-2007)
2007 Wally Bell Award Winner

"Debra is the inspirational player every team wanted. Her enthusiasm, work ethic, and spirit were always a source of motivation at trainings. People simply wanted to be on her team. She brings nothing less to Coaching Girls' Soccer Successfully . Her approach to teaching and knowledge of the fundamentals make individuals and teams improve. But what LaPrath really excels at are the off-the-field aspects of team unity, player development, leadership, and communication that consistently build a successful program.

Kim T. Sutton
Women's head soccer coach
Chico State University

About the Author

Debra LaPrath has been head coach at California's Maria Carrillo High School since 1996. She has led MCHS to six consecutive North Coast Section finals and won back-to-back championships in 2001 and 2002.

LaPrath earned NSCAA State/Regional Coach of the Year (2011-12) and the All-Empire Coach of the Year (2011-12). She was awarded North Coast Section Coach of the Year honors in 2004, along with various conference and media Coach of the Year honors in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. She is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America; the California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; and the National Education Association.

LaPrath grew up in San Diego playing for the San Diego Surf Soccer Club and moved to Sonoma County to play Soccer for Sonoma State University. She has coached for more than 18 years. In addition to her on-field success, LaPrath uses a variety of fund-raising, team-building, and community service projects to give her athletes a well-rounded experience and create a program that is greater than any one achievement. LaPrath believes it's most important to focus on helping to raise confident, happy young women. She lives in Rohnert Park, California.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful and Informative! Oct. 31 2008
By TinaThomas - Published on
I found this book to be very informative as well as easy to read. The author has many great insights into this sport as well as useful information for any coach, soccer parent or athlete. The stories of her personal experiences with her teams were very interesting and entertaining. The drills, schedules, team building activities and Goalkeeping chapter were all extremely helpful! I would highly reccommend "Coaching Girl's Soccer Successfully" to anyone involved in the soccer world. Both the author's knowledge and passion for the game of soccer show through in this wonderful book!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LaPrath Is A Success Nov. 21 2008
By Theresa F. Sullivan - Published on
This book is not only for the coach but the player as well. The passion that is expressed in this book will clearly motivate coach and player to rise to the highest level. I'm giving this book to my niece so it will help her understand the philosophy behind coaching. She will learn life values, make long lasting friendships, and realize anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Great Book!!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sportsmom :) -Texas Dec 23 2008
By Sportsmom - Published on
I played soccer growing up!I have coached youth soccer ages 3-10 and wanted to get ideas about moving up to coach teenagers. I learned so much reading this book-tactical,drills and team building! I really enjoyed the personal stories about the authors' team! I especially liked the one about "Jared's Wig".I even had my 13 year old read some of the stories and look at the drills!She really enjoyed the stories and was looking for heading drills and found some great ones she really liked, and great passing and receiving drills! I went ahead and ordered 2 of these books from Amazon since I got free shipping if I did, and gave one to my daughters soccer coach as a Gift and he really thought it was awesome!I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about the game of Soccer and Coaching it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! Dec 6 2008
By Patricia M. Carrillo - Published on
This book is invaluable for every coach, player and parent. Not only is it informative from a technical and tactical standpoint, but it also teaches values that are important off the field (committment to your teammates, respect for others and building relationships). I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the team experiences and team building exercises. I highly recommend this book to all sports enthusiasts!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, if you are new to soccer Sept. 4 2012
By Sean Christopher Thomas - Published on
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I have been coaching for few years and the author breaks down her system for running a team into much detail. It list a few drills but what a really found lacking was any strategies or advanced tactical instruction. I think she saved all her real secrets so her competitors would not learn too much!

For seasoned coaches, this is mostly review which is never a bad thing to do. For a new coach at a middle school or high school level, this book would be indispensable reference but is not going to make you into a winning team without further study of the game.

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