Coaching Outside the Box: Changing the Mindset in Youth Soccer

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About the author:
Paul Mairs and Richard Shaw grew up in the soccer hotbed of North West England playing against the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, and Steven Gerrard. After they both progressed through the academy system of the professional and former English Premier League (EPL) club Blackpool FC, Richard went on to gain a National Championship and All-American honors playing college soccer in the U.S., and played professionally in the MISL (Major Indoor Soccer League). Paul continued his playing career in England and became heavily involved in youth development while gaining his Master’s degree and pursuing research in sport science. Furthermore, after developing young players both in Europe and the U.S. for over 15 years and travelling to various countries to research coaching methods and philosophies together they have collectively acquired valuable insight and knowledge.

Editorial Review: "In Soccer Are You doing the Best By Your Child? Before you answer, you may want to read 'Coaching outside the Box, Changing the Mindset in Youth Soccer,' by Paul S.A. Mairs and Richard E. Shaw. Using a variety of examples and perspectives of many development experts this book provides the reader with compelling information on the damaging problems that currently exist in youth soccer due to large numbers of adults demonstrating misguided or outdated beliefs about working with children and/or harboring ulterior motives that are simply not beneficial to the player’s best interests. It is a thought provoking read!" New York State West Soccer Association: Striker West, Feb 2013.

Coaching Outside the Box: Changing the Mindset in Youth Soccer

Authored by Mr. Richard E Shaw
Authored with Mr. Paul S. A. Mairs

This book demonstrates what coaches should and should not be doing with young players in the sport and enables you to identify if effective coaching is taking place.“Any parent whose child is playing youth soccer in the U.S. should read this book as the information is going to have a powerful impact on your child’s experiences, development, and ultimately their success in the sport. This book is an essential tool for any club, coach, or parent who is truly focusing on player development.” Manchester United Youth Academy Coach - Dean Whitehouse

Using insightful anecdotes, personal experiences, and perspectives of numerous development experts, they passionately provide the reader with a clear and compelling breakdown of critical issues involved with youth development. Holding nothing back, they unveil the damaging problems that currently exist in U.S. youth soccer due to high numbers of administrators, coaches, and parents demonstrating misguided and outdated beliefs, and/or harboring ulterior motives that are simply not beneficial for the players’ best interests. They emphasize how conventional thinking in youth soccer leads to so many youngsters encountering negative experiences during their formative years and is a major driver as to why 70-80% of young players drop out of the sport at a young age before they have even had the opportunity to unlock their true potential. In this book, Mairs and Shaw reveal how coaches and parents can positively impact young players’ involvement. They demonstrate how to ignite young players’ passion for the sport and arm players with the powerful tools which will help them become successful players in the long-term.

Publication Date:
Oct 02 2012
0615700128 / 9780615700120
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Sports & Recreation / Soccer

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