This guidebook is written by a youth sports coach for those adults who coach and participate in youth sports. Author Jason Kelly apprenticed under some of youth sports' top trainers and coaches, including AAU coaches and officials, US Soccer Federation trainers, and Olympic National Governing Organization captains, coaches, and athletes. He has been an active youth sports coach since 1994. His passionate belief that youth sports help to positively mold children has been the driving force behind his never-ending quest to become a better youth coach. Based on a framework Jason developed for coaching youth athletics, A Guide to Youth Sports for Parents and Coaches provides tools to ensure children receive the best possible sporting experience. Author Jason Kelly draws on nearly 20 years of hands-on experience as a coach, a professional instructor, a parent, and a student of the art and science of coaching. He has an Under-13 Coaching Certification from the U.S. Soccer Federation, an "A" Instructor's license from the International Sports Chanbara Federation, and was inducted into the Martial Arts Master's Hall of Fame. He holds black belts in karate, aiki-jujitsu, weaponry, kenjutsu, and tae kwon do.
My favorite coach is John Wooden. During his time coaching college basketball with the UCLA Bruins, Wooden won ten NCAA titles, including seven in a row from 1967 to 1973. His UCLA teams also had a record winning streak of eighty-eight games, four perfect 30-0 seasons, and won thirty-eight straight games in NCAA Tournaments. Yet, Wooden wasnt overly focused on winning basketball games. He was more concerned about building character in his players. He stimulated his players to be successful in their school studies, attitudes, and behaviorwhich ultimately resulted in success on the basketball court. And Wooden lived the life that he asked his players to follow. Wooden was an amazing coach because he built into the lives of his players and developed their character. Coaching small group leaders has similar characteristics. The goal of Christian coaches is to move people toward Jesus Christ. The Christian coach strives to lead people forward to conformity with Jesus Christ, knowing that the ultimate crown is the one that will last forever (1 Corinthians 9:25). While Christ-like character is most important, a small group coach also equips leaders with the tools, knowledge, and opportunities they need to develop themselves and become more effective in small group ministry. A cell coach encourages, nourishes, and challenges cell leaders to grow and multiply their cell groups. The word coach is descriptive of the role a person plays as he or she supports cell leaders under his or her care. It is not a sacred term. In fact, churches use many terms to identify the role played by the cell group coach: supervisor, section leader, G-12 leader, cell overseer, cell sponsor, even L (which is the roman numeral for 50). This book provides step by step instructions on how to coach a small group leader from the initial stages of leading the group all the way to giving birth to a new one. Those who have never coached before will receive clear information on how to take the small group leader to the next level. And someone who is already coaching a small group leader will also find the eight lessons in this book invaluable to empower others to lead fruitful groups. I have another, more-in-depth book on coaching called How to be a Great Cell Group Coach. Some of the same concepts are covered in both books, but the major difference is that this book is a hands-on-training manual to prepare someone to be a coach of small group leaders. My other book How to be a Great Cell Group Coach would be a great reference manual to use alongside this book.
It is vital that coaches have the ability to recognise mental health problems in their clients, enabling them to make an informed decision about whether coaching is appropriate. A Guide to Coaching and Mental Health provides an indispensable introduction to the assessment of psychological issues in the context of coaching.
Divided into three sections, the book covers all the legal, ethical and practical considerations. Part I, Working on the Boundary, starts by exploring the distinction between normal and abnormal behaviour. In Part II, What's Being Said?, the authors introduce fictional case studies, which cover a range of possible mental health issues from mild depression and anxiety, through to psychoses and potentially life-threatening problems. Part III, Categories of Mental Illness, guides the reader through the definition and management of the more common mental health problems.
This accessible and jargon-free guide to identifying mental illness will prove invaluable for coaches and other related professionals, whatever their level of experience.