How to Coach Girls
Did you know that 70% of all kids quit organized sports by the age of 13 and girls quit sports at 6x the rate of boys?
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How to Coach Girls provides the most comprehensive guide available to the many issues associated with coaching girls’ teams across the spectrum of sports, from soccer to lacrosse, field hockey to softball. Volunteer parents and experienced coaches alike will find invaluable advice on the process of making a successful team, encouraging girls to stay in sports beyond the middle school years. Twenty-two chapters cover all the major issues, including how to pick captains, the importance of growth mindset, issues around body image and puberty, as well as the intricacies of coaching your own daughter.
This invaluable guide is the brainchild of Alison Foley, Head Coach of Women’s Soccer at Boston College and Mia Wenjen, a parenting and education blogger at PragmaticMom and mother of two daughters, who provides personal accounts to illustrate issues discussed throughout the book. The combination of Mia’s voice of parental experience, coupled with Alison’s professional expertise, provide an innovative and highly accessible approach to considering potential pitfalls and how to avoid them.
In the final section, a broad range of experienced college coaches, including former Olympians, give crucial guidance on what it is that girls need from a coach to allow them to flourish in sports, and most importantly, have fun.
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