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Successful Coaching has helped more than a million coaches—aspiring, new, and seasoned coaches alike—develop and expand their knowledge of coaching to provide the best, most fulfilling sport experience for their athletes. In the revised fifth edition, author and sport psychologist Rainer Martens is joined by coauthor Robin Vealey, longtime professor of sport psychology at Miami University (Ohio). Together they bring to the text their knowledge and proficiency, gleaned from decades of personal experiences as coaches, athletes, and educators.

Successful Coaching will help you think critically about your approach to coaching and develop the skills and wisdom to fulfill your many responsibilities as coach::
  • Identify your coaching philosophy and coaching objectives
  • Build relationships with players and staff and promote teamwork
  • Nurture positive decision making and sportsmanship to develop more mature individuals
  • Coach athletes of diverse backgrounds, characteristics, interests, and abilities
  • Teach and practice sport skills and strategies using the games approach
  • Train, condition, and fuel athletes using sound principles and methods
  • Organize and guide your team and sport program
  • Manage relationships with administrators, officials, parents, and media
  • Minimize risk and meet your legal duties as a coach
The fifth edition of Successful Coaching has been carefully revised in accordance with recommendations of the National Standards for Sport Coaches. Updates and additions include the latest scientific research in physical training and nutrition, plus best practices, guidelines, and insights from successful coaches addressing todays foremost topics of concern::
  • Mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and disordered eating
  • Race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation in youth sport
  • Sexual harassment and abuse
  • Motivation, corrective discipline, and burnout
  • Alcohol consumption, drug use, and vaping
Chapters are punctuated with supplemental content to underscore key concepts. Current insights, innovations, and quotes from recognized coaches demonstrate how to overcome common and challenging coaching situations. Coaching Yourself sidebars and end-of-chapter Questions for Reflection challenge you to think critically about your own coaching style and how to apply key principles in real coaching situations. Sample coaching forms that can be modified for personal use are provided online.

Written by coaches for coaches, Successful Coaching is a practical, readable, and useful resource that youll refer to throughout the season and cherish more than your playbook.

Successful Coaching is the text for Human Kinetics Coaching Principles course. Coaching Principles is recognized by numerous state high school and athletic directors associations, school districts, national governing bodies, and other sport organizations as meeting coaching education and certification requirements. In addition, hundreds of colleges and universities have adopted Coaching Principles for graduate and undergraduate coaching programs.

Note:: A code for accessing HKPropel is included with all print books.
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  • Part I. Foundational Skills for Coaches

    Chapter 1. Developing Your Coaching Philosophy
    Why Philosophy?
    Examples of Coaching Philosophies in Practice
    Developing Your Coaching Philosophy

    Chapter 2. Determining Your Coaching Objectives
    Three Major Objectives of Coaching
    Athletes First, Winning Second
    Your Personal Reasons for Coaching

    Chapter 3. Providing Effective Leadership
    The Powerful Influence of Coaches
    Coaching Styles
    Leadership Strategies for Coaches
    Leadership Is a Skill You Can Develop
    Coaching Code of Ethics

    Chapter 4. Coaching Diverse Athletes
    Maturational Differences in Young Athletes
    Cultural Competence
    Gender Considerations in Coaching
    Understanding Sexual Orientation
    Race and Ethnicity in Youth Sport
    Disability and Youth Sport
    Mental Health in Athletes
    Preventing Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Youth Sport        

    Part II. Understanding and Managing Athletes Behavior

    Chapter 5. Communicating With Your Athletes
    Communication as a Complex Process
    Evaluating Your Communication Skills
    Developing Your Communication Skills
    Coaching and Social Media

    Chapter 6. Motivating Your Athletes    
    Basics of Motivation
    Need for Fun and Stimulation
    Need for Acceptance and Belonging
    Need to Feel Competent
    Need for Autonomy
    From Motivation to Anxiety and Burnout
    Is It Wise to Specialize?    

    Chapter 7. Using Discipline and Rewards With Athletes
    A Positive Discipline Approach
    Preventive Discipline
    Corrective Discipline
    Using Rewards Effectively

    Chapter 8. Coaching for Character
    What Character and Sportsmanship Mean
    Why Is Character Development an Important Coaching Objective?
    How to Teach Character and Sportsmanship

    Part III. Being a Great Teacher

    Chapter 9. The Games Approach
    Technical and Tactical Skills
    Traditional Approach
    Essence of the Games Approach
    Evaluating the Games Approach

    Chapter 10. Teaching Technical Skills
    Learning Technical Skills
    Three Stages of Learning
    Teaching Technical Skills

    Chapter 11. Teaching Tactical Skills    
    Tactics and Tactical Skills
    Reading the Situation
    Tactical Knowledge
    Decision-Making Skills
    Teaching Tactical Skills

    Chapter 12. Planning for Teaching
    Benefits of Planning
    Step 1: Identify the Skills Your Athletes Need
    Step 2: Know Your Athletes
    Step 3: Analyze Your Situation
    Step 4: Establish Priorities
    Step 5: Plan Practices

    Part IV. Physical Training and Nutrition

    Chapter 13. Training Basics
    Fitness for Sport and Physical Training
    Coachs Role in Physical Training
    Training Principles

    Chapter 14. Energy Fitness Training
    Energy and Energy Fitness
    Physiology of Energy Systems
    Energy Demands of Your Sport
    Measuring Energy Fitness
    Designing an Energy Fitness Training Program

    Chapter 15. Muscular Fitness Training
    Muscular Fitness Defined
    How Muscles Work
    Training for Muscular Fitness
    Muscular Demands of Your Sport
    Testing Muscular Fitness
    Designing a Muscular Fitness Program

    Chapter 16. Fueling Your Athletes
    Coachs Role
    Six Basic Nutrients
    The Athletes Diet
    Nutrition Supplements
    When and What to Eat

    Chapter 17. Drugs in Sport
    Drugs 101
    Your Role in Education and Prevention
    When Athletes Have a Drug Problem

    Part V. Management Skills for Coaches

    Chapter 18. Managing Your Team
    Coaches Management Responsibilities
    Policy Manager
    Information Manager
    Personnel Manager
    Instructional Manager
    Event and Competition Manager
    Logistics Manager
    Financial Manager

    Chapter 19. Managing Relationships
    Interpersonal Skills
    Special Relationships
    Fellow Coaches
    Support Staff
    Parents and Guardians

    Chapter 20. Managing Risk                        
    The Legal System
    Risk Management Process
    Coaches Legal Duties
    Other Duties
    Waivers and Participation Agreements

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