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Coaching Better Every Season

Maximize the development of your athletes and team throughout the year, and just maybe win a postseason title in the process. Coaching Better Every Season: A Year-Round System for Athlete Development and Program Success presents a blueprint for such success, detailing proven coaching methods and practices in preseason, in-season, postseason, and off-season. The Coach Doc, Dr. Wade Gilbert, shares his research-supported doses of advice that have helped coaches around the globe troubleshoot their ailing programs into title contenders. His field-tested yet innovative prescriptions and protocols for a more professional approach to coaching are sure to produce positive results both in competitive outcomes and in the enjoyment of the experience for athletes and coaches. Coaching Better Every Season applies to all sports and guides coaches through the critical components of continual improvement while progressing from one season to the next in the annual coaching cycle. It also presents many practical exercises and evaluation tools that coaches can apply to athletes and teams at all levels of competition. This text is sure to make every year of coaching a more rewarding, if not a trophy-winning, experience.
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Table of Contents

Part I Preseason: Envision Chapter 1 Define Purpose and Core Values Chapter 2 Connect Values to a Philosophy Chapter 3 Set Target Outcomes Chapter 4 Build Trust and Cohesion Part II In-Season: Enact Chapter 5 Develop Athletic Talent and Skill Chapter 6 Optimize Athletes' Learning Chapter 7 Design Quality Practices Chapter 8 Ensure Precompetition Readiness Chapter 9 Coach Effectively on Game Day Part III End of Season: Evaluate Chapter 10 Design and Implement a Program Evaluation System Chapter 11 Recognize and Build on Strengths Part IV Off-Season: Enhance Chapter 12 Close Performance Gaps Chapter 13 Collaborate and Learn Chapter 14 Recharge and Ignite Closing Repeating Success

About the Author

Wade Gilbert, PhD, is an award-winning professor in the department of kinesiology at California State University at Fresno. Dr. Gilbert holds degrees in physical education, human kinetics, and education and has taught and studied coaching at the University of Ottawa (Canada), UCLA, and Fresno State. He has more than 20 years of experience in conducting applied research with coaches around the world spanning all competitive levels, from youth leagues to the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games. He is widely published and is frequently invited to speak at national and international events. Gilbert is a coach education advisor to USA Football and a regular contributor to coaching seminars for Olympic and national team coaches in the United States and Canada. In addition, Gilbert is editor in chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal, published by Human Kinetics in conjunction with SHAPE America and the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE). As Human Kinetics' coach education advisor, "The Coach Doc" writes articles and conducts webinars on a variety of coaching issues. Gilbert lives in Clovis, California.

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