Coaches: Focus on What Went RIGHT!

Focus on What Went RIGHT instead of What Went WRONG!

NAYS.org has a great article on focusing on the positive:

Focus on What Went RIGHT instead of What Went WRONG!

Dr. Sheriece Sadberry, sports psychologist: “Instead of focusing on what went wrong during the game, parents should focus on all the things their young athlete did right and things that they can improve on.”

We agree! Ainslee Lamb, a contributing coach for HOW TO COACH GIRLS talks about asking the team what went right.

What Should Be In Your Team Medical Kit?

Free Downloadable Emergency Medical Kit Check Off Form

We hope that we thought of everything because things can go wrong at sports practices and games. Here’s our checklist for the supplies to treat medical emergencies.

You can download our free form here.

Free Downloadable Emergency Medical Kit Check Off Form

How to Coach Girls is available through Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Audrey Press.

If anyone wishes to buy books for their town team or club team, Audrey Press offers volume discounts.

Review from Catherine Reid:

Great to see female coaches, who are still not the norm coaching girls and passing on trade secrets from years of experience to the community. This book is so poignant given the unique challenges of women and girls in sports. As a pediatric occupational therapist and former competitive soccer player, I appreciate message of enjoying the process of setting goals and striving to meet them while also recognizing the importance of coping with disappointing outcomes or celebrating success in a way that will inspire others around them. The framework of Growth Mindset, emphasizing practice and resilience, rather than constantly striving for perfection, is so relevant in the development of the whole person and combating the social phenomena of increased anxiety in the youth population. Congratulations to the authors for putting together this definitive handbook on how to coach girls!

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Coaches’ Check Off List to Get Ready for Fall Season

How to Coach Girls Pre Season Logistics Check Off Downloadable Form

Part of the HOW TO COACH GIRLS book is devoted to helping coaches avoid pitfalls as well as making it easier for them to succeed coaching girls.

We created a Pre-Season Logistics check off list and it’s free and downable here.

We hope this helps your fall season go smoothly!

How to Coach Girls Pre Season Logistics Check Off Downloadable Form

How to Coach Girls is available through Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Audrey Press.

If anyone wishes to buy books for their town team or club team, Audrey Press offers volume discounts.

 

Review from Ms. Yingling:

“This short but very complete volume addresses a wide variety of issues of coaching but emphasizes the need for coaches to recognize the special concerns of girls in sports. Since middle school girls are particularly vulnerable to quitting sports they love because of social pressures, this is a much needed book! The section on “The Big Picture” covers topics such as developing team chemistry, making sure that players are good teammates, and developing the whole athlete so that children are not just good at their game, but good people as well. These are all very important aspects of the cross country program with which I help, so it was good to reinforce that material, but the information about “keeping it fun” which includes CAKE was good to read as well. With 75 runners, the “fun” aspects has proven to be harder and harder to maintain, but it’s such a crucial element.

The section on solutions to specific issues is something that would have been useful to me when I was coaching my own daughter! Many coaches do this, and it’s hard to understand why methods that work with other athletes might not work with one’s own child! Cliques, confidence, captains, losing streaks, and the all important topic of body image are covered in just enough detail to inform beginning coaches of these pitfalls while offering helpful advice for seasoned coaches who might not have been able to come up with a good approach to some of them. (You have to break large teams into smaller groups, and we always agonize about it!)

After working with a seasoned coach for ten years, we have a good pre-season plan (it often feels like it’s a year-round plan!), but new coaches will definitely want to make sure that they pay special attention to the codes of contact and especially the medical emergency plans. (I’ve never thought about back up contact lenses, but then it’s pretty easy to run without corrective lenses, judging from my own experiences of running without them and the number of glasses I hold onto every season!)

The book itself is a great small size to through in a coach’s backpack, although since I am used to reading middle grade literature, the print seemed awfully tiny. This is a great resource for anyone coaching girls, and Girls of the Run should definitely buy these in bulk and hand them out with their resource boxes for this program! It also makes a great gift for the coaches in your daughters’ lives– combined with some chocolate, just for the “fun” factor!”

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Alison Foley Chosen as Top 50 Influencers by New England Soccer Journal!

2018 College Coaches Influences from New England Soccer Journal

Congratulations to Alison Foley, chosen as one of fifty top influencers by New England Soccer Journal:

Alison Foley Top 50 Influences New England Soccer Journal

ALISON FOLEY

 Women’s head coach | Boston College

Foley’s imprint is all over soccer in New England, far beyond bringing Boston College’s women’s team to 14 NCAA berths. She’s the senior director of coaching for South Shore Select, runs the Lady Eagles Soccer School and serves on the Region 1 ODP staff. Beyond her soccer duties, Foley recently coauthored a book called “How to Coach Girls.”

2018 College Coaches Influences from New England Soccer Journal

How to Coach Girls is available through Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Audrey Press.

If anyone wishes to buy books for their town team or club team, Audrey Press offers volume discounts.

Recent reviews include:

Debra Foley

A great book for coaches and parents. The author has a deep understanding of female athletes of all ages. I am very glad I bought it!!!

 

Julie Wilbur

Great book! If you coach any sport it is a good read, especially if you coach girls. Some helpful coaching tips too.

 

Todd J Flanagan

Got this book for father’s day. My teen daughter was leafing through it, read a few parts, and said, “I should give this to all my coaches.” Great stuff.

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Acacia Walker-Weinstein is 2018 BC Interruption Coach of the Year Winner

Acacia Walker-Weinstein is the 2018 BC Interruption Coach of the Year Winner

Congratulations to Acacia Walker-Weinstein! She’s featured in HOW TO COACH GIRLS!

Acacia Walker-Weinstein is the 2018 BC Interruption Coach of the Year Winner

image Chris Bergmann-USA TODAY Sports

“Walker had led the Eagles to 2 straight NCAA Championship games, and this year helped coach Sam Apuzzo into becoming the first ever Tewaaraton Award winner from BC. This season, she also helped BC to stay undefeated in the regular season, with the team’s only losses coming in the ACC Championship and the NCAA Finals.”

To read more, please visit BC Interruption.

 

How to Coach Girls is available through Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Audrey Press.

If anyone wishes to buy books for their town team or club team, Audrey Press offers volume discounts.

Review by Gayle H. Swift

How to Coach Girls is a concise and practical guide that outlines an effective way to coach girls written by Allison Foley (head coach of Boston College Women’s Soccer) and Mia Wenjen (volunteer coach and soccer mom.) Decades of experience coupled with expertise gleaned from fifteen professional coaches provide a solid foundation for the strategies they endorse. Coaches from all types of sports can use them to connect with the girls on their teams.

As we all know sports can help teach invaluable lessons about effort, persistence, discipline and, team effort. It can and should also teach girls to be inclusive, considerate and dedicated. Wenjen and Foley warn against an over-emphasis on winning and cite data that supports their assertion that most girls participate in sports to have fun, friendship, and physical activity. (Winning is actually a minor motivator.)They recognize that sport must be fun for participants so that they will stay with it.

Team success can best be measured by the quality of experiences team membership creates and the values it reinforces. How to Coach Girls shares specific techniques for coaches along with the rationale which underpins them. Marketing plans, ideas for making drills fun and, a season-wide overview help coaches set the stage for long-term success. Wenjen and Foley recognize that coaches, parents, and girls must work hand in glove to create a positive athletic experience for girls.

Coaching girls through the lens of relationship and a “growth mindset” are excellent ways to accomplish that. Operating from this approach means coaches can help girls win at life and in their chosen sports. That is a win/win which we can all support.
–Gayle H. Swift, author of ABC, Adoption & Me, Co-founder of GIFT Family Services

I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an unbiased review.

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World Cup: How Did Belgium Get So Good?

World Cup: How Did Belgium Get So Good?

The Training Ground reveals how Belgium got so good at soccer.

Coaching revolution that took Belgium to top of world

World Cup: How Did Belgium Get So Good?

WINNING DOESN’T MATTER

“We don’t have league tables until the Under-14 level. That was one of the big battles for us. Coaches shouldn’t be concerned about tables and trying to win trophies before this age – they should be thinking about developing players.

Coaches are inclined to focus on winning the game. That makes them play the big, strong players who give them the best chance of winning, so the late developers end up on the bench 75% of the time.

The second thing we did was play four quarters. At the end of the first and third quarters all the subs had to come off the bench. That was the only time the coach could make substitutions. Otherwise they don’t develop, because they’re on the bench watching the game instead of participating in it.

Remember that slogan again – love the game, then the learning can start.”

 

COLLEGE SOCCER: Alison Foley reaches milestone

Wicked Local: COLLEGE SOCCER: Alison Foley reaches milestone

Thank you to Wicked Local Plymouth for featuring Alison!

Wicked Local: COLLEGE SOCCER: Alison Foley reaches milestone Wicked Local Plymouth

Wicked Local: COLLEGE SOCCER: Alison Foley reaches milestone

Two major milestones in one year – it’s not something many college coaches in any sport can say they’ve accomplished. Plymouth native Alison Foley, the head coach of the Boston College women’s soccer team, joined an elite group when the Eagles beat Maryland, 2-1 in overtime, Sept. 22. She earned her 200th career coaching win. Four weeks later, when the Eagles beat one of the top teams in the nation – Wake Forest – Foley earned her 200th career win at Boston College. Continue reading “COLLEGE SOCCER: Alison Foley reaches milestone”

New England Soccer Journal Podcast: Alison Foley, Boston College head coach, co-authors book on coaching girls

Alison Foley How To Coach Girls

Alison Foley, who’s coached Boston College’s women’s soccer team for nearly two dozen years, recently co-authored a book titled “How To Coach Girls.”

New England Soccer Journal:  Podcast: Alison Foley, Boston College head coach, co-authors book on coaching girls

The book is designed to help coaches, namely those in youth and teenage sports, navigate the space and keep girls in organized sports. It’s available for purchase here and at local bookstores.

Foley also shared advice to prospective college soccer players, namely what she looks for on and off the field. Continue reading “New England Soccer Journal Podcast: Alison Foley, Boston College head coach, co-authors book on coaching girls”

Plymouth’s Alison Foley puts coaching philosophies into ‘How to Coach Girls’ 

Plymouth’s Alison Foley puts coaching philosophies into ‘How to Coach Girls’

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Plymouth’s Alison Foley puts coaching philosophies into ‘How to Coach Girls’

PLYMOUTH – Alison Foley has definitely accumulated enough knowledge to fill a book in her more than 20 years of coaching women’s college soccer. So that’s exactly what the Plymouth native decided to do. The Boston College women’s soccer head coach recently collaborated with her friend, professional blogger Mia Wenjen, on a new book called “How to Coach Girls.”

“I really enjoyed the process of putting this book together. It was almost therapeutic looking back at things that I’ve experienced as a coach, and it helped remind me of why I got into coaching in the first place,” Foley said. “It reminded me of how key a role positive reinforcement plays in successful coaching.”

Foley’s coaching methods have served her well since she first took over her own soccer program in the mid-’90s. After starring as a player at Plymouth-Carver and then Keene State, she took a position as a graduate assistant coach at James Madison University in Virginia. Foley then went on to take over the program at Angelo State University in Texas in 1996 for one year before coming to Boston College, where she is in her 21st season leading the program.

The 47-year-old Newton resident has won more games than anyone else in B.C. women’s soccer program history with a career record of 266-140-38. Her teams have made 14 NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the 2010 College Cup Final Four in 2010. Foley is also the senior director of coaching for the South Shore Select club soccer program.

To nobody’s surprise, it was soccer that brought the Newton residents together in the first place.

“Our daughters are good friends and they’ve played on the same soccer teams over the years. Mia and I got to talking about coaching a lot at their games and we eventually came to the realization that maybe we could combine our talents and write a book on the subject that could help coaches and parents,” Foley explained.

So Foley and Wenjen, a professional blogger at PragmaticMom.com, started the writing process. Every other Thursday for five months they’d get together and work on the book, and last month the finished product was published by Audrey Press for the world to read.

Foley and Wenjen wrote the book for coaches of all sports and levels and for parents who hope to have a positive effect on their daughters’ teams. Foley detailed three key ways coaches can start to lay down a path to a successful team.

Step one is scheduling a pre-season meeting that includes the players as well as parents.

“We set certain expectations for players, and there should also be a code of conduct for parents at the games about what you want to see from them on the sidelines,” Foley said. “That pre-season communication is huge because it gets everyone on the same page right away.”

Step two involves forming the chemistry of the team. “Make sure that everyone treats all of their teammates with the same respect,” Foley said. “Togetherness is what builds a real team. Move kids around and have them work with different teammates to get rid of cliques and promote teamwork.”

And suggestion number three? Have fun.

“Girls drop out of sports at a much higher rate than boys do, so you need to find ways to keep girls involved and invested. A great way to do that is to keep an element of fun with things,” Foley said. “Celebrate birthdays and do other team-bonding events. Find ways to build bonds that keep the group growing into a real team.”

Foley and Wenjen will have a book signing for “How to Coach Girls” from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 12 at the South Shore Sports Center in Hingham.

Foley and Wenjen will have a book signing for “How to Coach Girls” from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 12 at the South Shore Sports Center in Hingham. Continue reading “Plymouth’s Alison Foley puts coaching philosophies into ‘How to Coach Girls’ “