Volunteer Parent Coaches: Free Forms to Get Ready for a New Season!

Did you know that 70% of all kids quit organized sports by the age of 13, with girls quitting at 6x the rate of boys?

Alison Foley, Boston College’s Women’s Head Soccer Coach, and Mia Wenjen, parenting blogger at PragmaticMom.com, help coaches — both parent volunteer and professional — crack the code of how to keep girls in sports.

As a mother of two daughters who played a lot of sports, Mia provides personal accounts to illustrate issues discussed throughout the book. Alison, also a mother of a young female athlete, has hands-on advice from coaching young women professionally for more than two decades.

Volunteer parents and experienced coaches alike will find invaluable advice on creating a successful team that motivates girls to stay in sports beyond the middle school years. Twenty-two chapters cover major issues, including how to pick captains, the importance of growth mindset, issues around body image and puberty, as well as the challenges of coaching your own daughter.

In addition, fifteen professional coaches from a range of sports, including former Olympian athletes, give their advice on what girls need from a coach to allow them to flourish in sports, and most importantly, have fun. This is a hands-on manual to help coaches keep girls in sports!

How to Coach Girls Pre Season Logistics Check Off Downloadable Form

Volunteer Parent Coaches: Free Forms to Get Ready for Fall Season!

To help coaches get ready for a new season, we have FREE forms including:

p.s. Want to learn more? Two free chapters here. Three additional chapters are here:

Soccer America: Coaching Girls: How To Deliver Feedback Effectively

Coach and A.D.: How To Coach Girls: Developing Team Chemistry

Soccer America:  The Clique Factor — how coaches can mix it up to make a stronger team

How to Coach Girls is available through Audrey PressAmazon, Barnes & Nobles, and  IndieBooks.

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

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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.”