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Way to Go, Coach! A Scientifically-Proven Approach to Coaching Effectiveness, 2nd edition

by Dr. Ronald Smith and Dr. Frank Smoll

The complete sport psychology approach for coaching young athletes.
Now with 3 new chapters on health and safety considerations!

Today, an estimated 47 million youngsters participate in youth sports, and some 7.5 million adults devote their time and energy to supervising these programs. Way to Go, Coach! embraces the unique opportunities coaches have for positive impact on young people and celebrates the role of the coach in youth sport programs across America.

Based on over 25 years of research, Way to Go, Coach! provides hands-on, practical information to help make both the coaches' and athletes' experiences rewarding and successful. This book offers:

  • A developmental approach to athletic and personal excellence that emphasizes the four values underlying the true meaning of Winning
  • More than 100 Key Principles of effective coaching, all clearly highlighted throughout the book
  • Coach's Clipboard section that summarizes the coaching guidelines and key principles, providing a corresponding set of coaching strategies
  • Instructions for teaching athletes performance enhancing Psychological Skills, such as goal setting, relaxation, and mental imagery
  • A special section on Coaching Challenges that deals with problem athletes and parents, legal liability, marriage and family issues, and more

"Clear...concise...Way to Go, Coach! is a perfect handbook for every volunteer coach and a reminer for all coaches of what the sport experience is supposed to be for our children. Every teacher of sports should have a copy."

—Donna A. Lopiano, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Women's Sports Foundation


"Coaching youth sport programs should be about nurturing children in whatever sport they play, not about winning and losing. Way to Go, Coach! is an exceptional resource for youth sport coaches."

—John Ouellette, AYSO National Director of Coaching

Paperback: 207 pages — $17.95