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A Realistic Perspective, Eleventh Edition

Michael D. Sabock and Ralph J. Sabock

Coaching: A Realistic Perspective is the ideal textbook for anyone entering the coaching profession of any sport. More than detailing the duties and tasks of a coach, this book explores the often-overlooked issues and responsibilities that go hand-in-hand with coaching: relationships among players, parents, and fans; ethical and moral issues and controversies; off-season housekeeping duties; and concerns particular to head and assistant coaches as well as single and married coaches. Similar to its previous edition, the eleventh edition includes end-of-chapter discussion questions to help inspire debate over common coaching issues.

This edition has been updated to reflect the impact of social media on the coaching profession, including how it can be used in good, positive ways and how it can be detrimental to coaches and athletes if not used properly. It also features updated material on the issue of hazing, a huge concern today in all levels of athletics.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 364Size: 7 x 10
978-1-4422-7070-1 • Paperback • January 2017 • $55.00 • (£37.95)
978-1-4422-7071-8 • eBook • January 2017 • $54.99 • (£37.95)
Michael D. Sabock was an assistant football coach in charge of special teams at Western Michigan University. In addition to coaching, he also served as the recruiting coordinator.

Ralph J. Sabock passed away in 2010. He taught professional preparation courses, including Methods and Principles of Coaching, at Pennsylvania State University.

Chapter 1: Coaches, Athletes, and Ethics
Ethical Standards
Ethical Dilemmas
Professional Ethics
Recruiting Ethics

Chapter 2: Welcome to the Coaching Profession
Perceptions of High School Athletics
Is Coaching the Career for You?
Considerations in the Life of a Coach
Applying for a Coaching Position
Points of Decision in Your Professional Career

Chapter 3: Special Relationships
Other Coaches
Assistant Coaches
Band Director
Guidance Counselors
School Secretaries
Members of the Community
Members of the Press
Athletic Equipment Salespersons

Chapter 4: Desirable Qualities of a Coach
Transparent Realism
Ability to Organize
Ability to Motivate
Willingness to Make Hard Choices/Decisions
Ability to Discipline
Ability to Identify Goals
Ability to Recognize Athletic Talent
Ability to Use Available Talent
Desire to Win
Dislike of Mediocrity
Ability to Reason
Interest in Individuals
Willingness to Work
Knowledge of the Sport
Understanding Boys and Girls
Knowing What Makes the Difference between Winning and Losing
Ability to Foster Pride
Proper Use of Language
Moral Standards
Courage of Your Convictions
Ethical Standards
Good Judgment
Sense of Humor
Having a Plan for Everything

Chapter 5: The Roles of a Head Coach
Public Relations Expert
Guidance Counselor
Judge and Jury
Mother Figure/Father Figure
Fund Raiser
Chief Executive
Equipment Manager
Citizen of the Community
Citizen of the School

Chapter 6: The Assistant Coach
Philosophical Differences
Applying for the Job
Desirable Qualities of an Assistant Coach

Chapter 7: Considerations for Married Coaches, Families, and Single Coaches
A Comparison of Male and Female Married Coaches
The Married Female Coach
The Married Male Coach
The Single Coach

Chapter 8: The Recruiting Process
The Recruiting Process
Dealing with Recruiters
Advising Students
Illegal Recruiting

Chapter 9: Off-Season Planning
Evaluating the Past Season
Conducting an Equipment Inventory
Preparing a Budget
Purchasing Equipment
Providing Strength Training
Choosing Student Helpers
Preparing a Checklist for Required Paperwork
Establishing Practice Times
Dealing with Family Vacations
Meeting with Prospective Players
Corresponding with Players and Parents
Conducting a Parent Clinic
Arranging for Medical Care at Athletic Events
Staff Clinic
Organizing Your Staff
Issuing Equipment
Ordering Mouth Guards
Arranging for Classrooms
Briefing the Athletic Director
Creating Player Notebooks
A Coach’s Checklist
Selecting Team Captains
Planning a Media Day
Working with Custodians
Planning Preseason Practice Games/Meets/Events
Scheduling Athletic Banquets
The First Team Meeting
Team Clinic

Chapter 10: Final Preparation for the Season
Staff Meetings
Staff Clinic
Coaching Assignments
Practice Procedures and Policies
Training Rules
Conduct of Players and Coaches
Coaches’ Personal Appearance
Scouting Assignments
Cutting Players
Travel Conduct
Student Helpers
Pregame and Postgame Procedures
Pep Rallies
Practice Plans
Picking the Team
Written Tests
Team Meeting

Chapter 11: Issues, Problems, and Concerns in Athletics
Parents of Athletes
Attitude of Athletes
Part-Time Coaches
Eating Disorders
Blood-Related Injuries
Booster Clubs
Men Coaching Girls’ and Women’s Teams
Players Quitting
Crowd Control/Behavior
Youth Sports Programs
Officials at Athletic Events
Title IX—Equity
Legal Liability
Emphasis on Winning
Conflict with an Administrator
Stress and Burnout

Chapter 12: Coaching Points

Appendix A: Tournament Scheduling
Appendix B: Thirty Rules for Getting Things Done Through People
Appendix C: Twelve Points of Successful Leadership
Appendix D: Parents’ Expectations of Coaches: A Questionnaire
Appendix E: Players’ Expectations of Coaches: A Questionnaire
Appendix F: Sample Practice Plans
About the Authors
Coaching: A Realistic Perspective is a very comprehensive resource for anyone interested in the profession of coaching. There are numerous topics covered in detail that all coaches need to be familiar with as they prepare for the season. This book truly demonstrates that successful coaching is a lifestyle and with the proper preparation it can be an extremely rewarding career. (Previous Edition Praise)
Cecile Reynaud, Florida State University

This book is a great resource for coaches to guide their dealings with players, parents, officials, administrators, teachers, and other coaches. Most coaches learn by being an apprentice to 'more experienced' coaches. But what if those 'more experienced' coaches do not have a solid ethical foundation? Many coaching textbooks are filled with overly simplistic recommendations and as a result, they are not that helpful. This book embraces the ambiguity of coaching and has many examples and scenarios that are quite realistic. A must-read for a high school coaches or any coach who wants to maintain their integrity in the increasingly demanding and complex world of coaching. (Previous Edition Praise)
John McCarthy, director of Boston University's Institute for Athletic Coach Education

Rather than focusing on the physical skills, this textbook addresses the mental and emotional challenges of teaching student athletes and managing a sports program. It explores the roles of a head coach, the qualities a coach should possess, relationships with the administration and other faculty, the recruiting process, off-season planning, and final preparation for the season. (Previous Edition Praise)
Reference and Research Book News

  • end of chapter questions to help foster and evoke discussion

  • useful resources, such as appendices, to help a new or more experienced coach create schedules for practices and tournaments

  • photos throughout of male and female coaches and players

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