Be the Best Coach You Can Be : The How, the Why, and What to Avoid
This book is a must read for anyone who will be coaching youth sports up to and including high school. It takes the reader through everything he or she will need to know to be successful in youth leagues. Beyond that, the book focuses on young athletes and how to give them their best chances at success. By citing real examples gleaned from over twenty years of coaching at all levels, the author provides an easy, entertaining read. The coaching techniques that are described in the various episodes in this book give the reader a strong foundation for becoming a very successful coach of many successful players.
- Paperback | 192 pages
- 152 x 229 x 10mm | 263g
- 30 Apr 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Allen D Buck
I am the product of educators. My father was a high school principal and my mother was a stay-at-home mom prior to teaching math, English, and whatever else was needed for adults to attain their GED. Education was important in our family and I was raised with a strong sense of right vs. wrong. My coaches were firm taskmasters so I was no stranger to hard work in all aspects of life. The principles I learned from my parents and coaches serve as the basis for my approach to coaching. I have two adult sons. When they were three and seven, their mother and I divorced. She moved several states away so I gained custody and raised my sons. I recognized very early that these were not quiet, mild-mannered children. Since I knew sports, I channeled their ample energies into athletics. Naturally I followed. That was the beginning of my love affair with coaching. I have coached football, basketball, and baseball for over twenty years. My players have ranged in age from 6 to 18 year old seniors in high school. There are certain skills that are needed more at one level than at others, but the basic principles remain the same throughout this age range. I also provide radio commentary in football, basketball, baseball, and softball. I have done play-by-play but my specialty is color and analysis. Game knowledge and the ability to communicate it serve me very well in coaching and broadcasting. I was fortunate to have a good upbringing and a strong education. I was lucky to have coaches whose messages beyond the sport dovetailed nicely with the principles I learned at home. I have passed these along to many players over the years but I have seen too many coaches who did not grasp the concept. It is my hope that this book will help coaches everywhere to understand that the best coaching involves more than just the "X"s and "O"s.