From research that has taken place on youth sports, to the structure you should use when starting your team, and the importance of winning, this book gives you valuable information for you as a coach. A coach will learn the science of how a player learns and techniques to be used to increase motivation. The best coaches are the best teachers and this book gives coaches the most important tricks that great teachers use.
Charles Sullivan is an 11-time National Champion and “All Time Greatest Coach” recipient from USA Volleyball, is that winningest coach in the history of Div. III Men’s Volleyball. His 23-year run at Springfield College has included a 94% wining percentage since 2012 and a record 10 straight National Championship match appearances all the while being promoted to full professor on campus in the Physical Education Department.
Chapter 1 – Youth sport Research – what we need to know about youth sports
Chapter 2 – How to structure your team – Methods to set your team up for success
Chapter 3 – Winning is important...but – Channeling your team’s focus to play at their best
Chapter 4 – The science of how players learn – What we know about Motor learning
Chapter 5 - Competition and Deliberate Goals – How to increase focus in your practices
Chapter 6 – Communication and Feedback – The art and science of how you should talk to players
Chapter 7 – Coaching Like a teacher- Strategies all great teachers use that will improve your coaching
Chapter 8 – Reactions to Errors – Let errors show your players the path to improvement
Chapter 9– Game Day – Things to consider when preparing for competition
Chapter 10 – Youth Sports in Norway – are we moving in the right direction?
About the Author
The values which can accrue from youth sport participation are many including: increased fitness, mental acuity, positive attitudes, social development, and self-esteem. Unfortunately there can also be negative consequences from participation. The development of these qualities in youth sport, whether positive or negative, are dependent upon the environment provided by the leaders of youth sport.
This book provides a guide, based upon the most current research, regarding youth sport … including both the “uses and abuses”, as well as tips for parents’ coaches, fans, and leaders in youth sport as to how we can ensure that children can reap only positive benefits from youth sport participation.
I had the privilege of coaching with Charlie at the youth sports level. After learning his coaching structure, I began to implement it in multiple sports and age levels. The experience for both the players and coaches was extremely positive and gave the kids opportunities to view success in different ways.
Coaching Youth Sport, Guidelines to Ensure Development of Young Athletes is very consistent with the principles and tools that Positive Coaching has been sharing since its founding in 1998. Coach Sullivan provides excellent guidance and strategies to be a coach who develops not only Better Athletes, but also Better People. This book provides a thorough framework to build your coaching around, but can also be used to supplement a well-established Positive Coaching approach with additional knowledge and tools!
Coach Sullivan is an exceptional coach who understands sport can be a holistic catalyst for human development and building a championship culture. I have been a physical education professor for over 25 years and consulted and lectured nationally with youth development organizations such as First Tee and others, recreation departments, school systems and youth sport organizations. I have seen the positive impact in these instances when coaches are intentional in their approach. I highly recommend Charlie's book for those looking to continue to improve their coaching craft to inspire, influence and impact athletes of all ages and skill levels.
Charlie Sullivan’s Coaching Youth Sport, Guidelines to Ensure Development of Young Athletes is THE book youth sport coaches need to transform their practice and improve children’s experiences. An incredibly accomplished teacher-coach himself, Charlie brings his knowledge of pedagogy, biomechanics, sport psychology, and motor learning to life in ways that readers can quickly apply. Who better to learn from than Charlie who earned promotion to full professor – only the third teacher-coach to do so, and the youngest at that - at Springfield College, home to the teacher-coach model and the “cradle of coaches”.
The growth of youth sports, the influence of coaches in the shaping and involvement in the maturation of young people is significant in our challenging and rapidly evolving world today. Having someone as grounded, as sensitive and successful as Charlie to provide guidance and suggestions, tools that will allow for positive experiences, demonstrated research and life based examples can’t be overstated in importance. Coaching Youth Sport, Guidelines to Ensure Development of Young Athletes is an easy read that will pay enormous dividends, and I hope it finds its way onto the shelves or lap top of every coach who wants to connect and create the most positive experience for the youngsters in their charge. I highly recommend this book and so appreciate Charlie for summarizing his thoughts, knowledge and experiences----he has benefited us all.