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The Power of Double-Goal Coaching
by Jim Thompson, founder of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)
foreword by Phil Jackson

The playing field is an ideal place to teach life lessons. Youth and high school sports offer an endless procession of teachable moments, but these are too often sacrificed in the headlong pursuit of winning at all cost.

The Power of Double-Goal Coaching helps coaches build winners on, and more importantly, off the field. Weather coaching pee-wees or varsity, Double-Goal Coaches prepare their teams to win on the scoreboard but know the second goal of sports - using competition to teach life lessons - is the source of lasting impact for coaches, parents and athletes alike.

In this book, you learn how to:

  • Create a coaching legacy that will live on through the lives of players.
  • Improve athletes' performance by focusing on effort rather than results.
  • Elevate athletes' emotional state so they can perform at their peak level and have more fun.
  • Teach athletes to compete fiercely and with class.
  • Deal effectively with common coaching challenges, such as managing parents, planning effective practices, allocating playing time, coaching their own child, handling a losing season, and deploying assistant coaches.
  • Become part of a national movement to transform youth sports so sports can transform youth.

70 pages. 2010.

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Successful Coaching
with Rainer Martens

As America's best-selling coaching text, Successful Coaching has helped over a million coaches develop their coaching philosophies; improve their communication, teaching, and management skills; and understand their responsibilities as a coach. The updated fourth edition of Successful Coaching offers students as well as new and veteran coaches a comprehensive guide to every aspect of coaching.

Written by Rainer Martens, a respected and renowned sport pyschologist, longtime coach, and lifelong competitive athlete, Successful Coaching, details the principles, knowledge, and skills that will help coaches build a foundation for their decisions and actions. Working through the text, coaches will define their philosophy, identify their objectives, and determine their coaching style. Next, coaches will learn how to become skilled communicators and motivators by applying psychological principles and recommendations for positive management of athletes' behavior.

Knowing the skills required for each sport is as important as knowing how to teach and shape those skills. With Successful Coaching, coaches will become more effective instructors as they learn the games approach to teaching technical and tactical skills, a proven method of helping athletes become smart tactical players of their sports.

Successful Coaching also discusses the team management responsibilities of the coach and details how to manage relationships with athletes, other coaches, administrators, medical personnel, officials, parents, and the media. Also addressed are the legal responsibilities of a coach and strategies for reducing risk.

Readers will find the latest research in the fields of physical training and nutrition, including new information on creatine, energy drinks, caffeine, and hydration. Successful Coaching also provides a straightforward discussion of drug abuse among athletes, offering all-new content on methamphetamines, prescription drug abuse, and drug-testing recommendations.

Sidebars provide focused insights on a range of coaching topics and offer personal encouragement and advice for coaches throughout the season. In addition, quotes from well-known coaches provide perspective on what it takes to be a successful coach. Reflection questions at the end of each chapter encourage readers to think critically about the content and apply it to their own current or future coaching situations.

For course adopters, Successful Coaching also includes online access to a full set of instructor resources, including an instructor guide, image bank, and test package. A dedicated website also includes customizable and reproducible forms. Access to the electronic forms and additional online resources are referenced throughout the text.

Written by a coach for coaches, Successful Coaching blends the latest research and accepted practices in the sport sciences with practical advice from seasoned coaching veterans. Successful Coaching helps readers think critically about their motivation for being a coach and establish a coaching philosophy and style that pave the way for a fulfilling sport experience for coaches and their athletes.

The fourth edition of Successful Coaching has been carefully revised to meet or exceed the guidelines of the National Council for Accreditation for Coaching Education and the recommendations of the National Standards for Sport Coaches.

Successful Coaching is the primary text for the Coaching Principles online or classroom course offered by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP). Coaching Principles is a part of ASEP's Bronze Level coaching certification, a three-step certification involving coursework essential for coaching any sport, teaching sport first aid, and conveying advanced sport-specific knowledge.

456 pages. 2012.

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InSideOut Coaching
with Joe Ehrmann, former NFL player, named to the All-Century and All-American football teams at Syracuse University (where he also lettered in lacrosse), former Baltimore Colts "Man of the Year" award winner, also named "Man of the Year" by the Frederick Douglass Society and the National Fatherhood Initiative, and co-founder (with his wife, Paula) of Building Men and Women for Others, Inc and Coach for America;
and Paula Ehrmann and Gregory Jordan

Joe Ehrmann, the coach profiled in the national bestseller Season of Life, explains how coaches at every level, from Little League to high school to NCAA Division I and even the professional leagues, can use sports to transform lives.

Coaches have a tremendous platform, says Joe Ehrmann, a former Syracuse University All-American and NFL star. Perhaps second only to parents, coaches can impact young people as no one else can. But most coaches fail to do the teaching, mentoring, even life-saving intervention that their platform provides. Too many are transactional coaches; they focus solely on winning and meeting their personal needs. They see sports as a simple exchange: the athlete performs to a coach's demands and in return gets something, usually praise or a position in the starting lineup. Some coaches, however, use their platform. They teach the Xs and Os, but also teach the Ys of life. They help young people grow into responsible adults; they leave a lasting legacy. These are the transformational coaches. These coaches change lives, and they also change society by helping to develop healthy men and women.

Sports have become a secular religion, according to Ehrmann. Tens of millions of children play sports, and millions of coaches have the potential to influence the lives of these children-and through them to touch their parents' lives as well. Children can be diminished and discouraged by their sports experiences, or they can be strengthened, uplifted, even in some cases redeemed. Sports can be a life-changing experience if coaches understand why they are coaching and redefine their measurement of success.

InSideOut Coaching explains how to become a trans-formational coach. Coaches first have to "go inside" and articulate their reasons for coaching. Only those who have taken the InSideOut journey can become transformational. Joe Ehrmann provides examples of coaches in his life who took this journey and taught him how to find something bigger than himself in sports.He describes his own InSideOut experience, starting with the death of his beloved brother, which helped him understand how sports could transcend the play-ing field. He gives coaches the information and the tools they need to become transformational.

Joe Ehrmann has taken his message about the extraordinary power of sports all over the country. It has been warmly endorsed by NFL head coaches, athletic directors at major universities, high school head coaches, even business groups and community organizations. Now any parent-coach or school or community coach can read Ehrmann's message and learn how to make sports a life-changing experience.

262 pages. 2011.

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What Great Coaches Do Differently
with Rob Haworth,
Vice President for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Director of the Champions of Character program

and Todd Whitaker,
professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University and a leading motivational speaker in the field of education

Why do some coaches succeed every season while others suffer loss after loss? This book describes the characteristics of great coaches. Where do the focus their attention? How do they spend their time and energy? and how can others gain the same advantages?

This book frames the landscape of successful athletic teams from the perspective of great coaches.

128 pages. 2010.

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Blueprint for Better Coaching
by Dr. David Hoch, EdD, CMAA;
Executive Director of the Maryland State Coaches Association;
former high school coach and athletic director

Coaching involves so much more than teaching skills, calling plays and winning games. There is the job of being a leader of your team. And to do that, you need to know about more than the sport you coach.

Blueprint for Better Coaching includes concrete tips to help coaches in the following areas:

  • Short-range and long-range planning
  • Communication with athletes, parents, administrators and media
  • Risk management responsibilities and administrative tasks

If your goal is to improve as a coach and offer your student athletes the best possible experience, this book will push you to continue to grow as a professional.

136 pages. 2011.

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