Coaching a youth sports team is as challenging as ever these days. Regardless if it’s a T-ball team with 5- and 6-year-olds, an under ten soccer team, or a travel basketball team with a roster full of experienced players, coaches face a lengthy and imposing to-do list. Among the responsibilitiesare teaching skills, organizing productive practices, managing game days, instilling life lessons and—most important of all—meeting the diverse needs of every child who is counting on you to make the season a memorable one for all the right reasons.
As you embark on your journey, who better to help you navigate the twists and turns that accompany a youth sports season then some of the most respected professional and collegiate coaches around—Mike Krzyzewski, Joe Maddon, Karch Kiraly, Jenny Boucek, John Harbaugh, Ken Hitchcock, Charlotte Smith and Sean Payton among them—who share incredible insight and wisdom in Secrets of Successful Coaching. Some of these coaches have reached the pinnacle of their sport, leading teams to Super Bowl titles and NCAA Championships; others played under the bright lights and suffocating pressure of huge games before moving to the sidelines; and all possess that special touch when it comes to being a difference maker through the power of sports. They know the secrets to connecting with kids, the best ways for inspiring and motivating them, building their confidence, helping them learn from setbacks and disappointments, and what it takes to be a great leader and role model.
Coaching children in sports is a privilege, and an incredible opportunity to impact young lives both on and off the field. The Secrets of Successful Coaching will help you be that coach that kids love playing for and learning from—and the reason they’ll remember you for the rest of their lives.
As Senior Director of Communications for the National Alliance for Youth Sports, Greg Bach has had the good fortune to interview the country’s most respected professional and collegiate coaches and athletes—as well as many leading experts in a variety of fields pertaining to youth sports. He is the author of eight books, which include Your First Coaching Book, A Parent’s Guide to Baseball and Softball, Coaching Football for Dummies, Coaching Basketball for Dummies, Coaching Volleyball for Dummies, Coaching Lacrosse for Dummies, Coaching Baseball for Dummies, and Coaching Soccer for Dummies. He is a proud graduate of Michigan State University, where he majored in Journalism. He resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.