You've just found out you've been assigned to coach your 7-year-old's soccer team and the closestyou've ever come to a soccer ball is in a sporting goods store. What will you do?
Reedy Press has the answer: Practice Makes Perfect is a new book about coaching youth soccer in the U-6, U-8, and U-10 age groups. Author Denny Vaninger, a youth soccer expert and former professional player, covers the gamut in coaching kids in the early stages of learning the world's most popular sport, with an emphasis on making soccer FUN! Vaninger gives tips in establishing a coaching philosophy, involving parents in the team, and developing training sessions tailored to the unique characteristics of kids in each age group.
Tony Whelan, head of academy coaching for Manchester United, writes in the book's forward that Practice Makes Perfect, "is a masterful book written by a master soccer coach and educator."
Vaninger provides ten complete practices for each age group that coaches can take directly to the field. New and experienced coaches will find that Practice Makes Perfect is an invaluable guide to coaching the very young.
You can purchase Practice Makes Perfect either at the MYSA Office, one of Denny's coaching courses, or online through the link below. The book is on sale for $15.00 (shipping not included). To purchase online and have shipped to you, click below:
Vaninger is the director of coaching and education for the Missouri Youth Soccer Association and is a member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Association and U.S. Soccer Federation national staffs. He is also a former member of the U.S. National Team as well as a youth, college, and professional coach. He holds a U.S. Soccer Federation A coaching license and a U.S. Youth National Youth Coaching License.
Please click below for an excerpt from Practice Makes Perfect, entitled "Lesson Plans for U8 Players - Lesson Plan #1":
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