We are all familiar with the benefits to children of participating in sports, benefits especially crucial to girls in today: self-confidence, teamwork, positive body image, leadership skills, resilience, social connection, and community awareness. That’s why keeping girls in sports should be a focus for anyone interested in nurturing these qualities in our girls.
Yet did you know that girls drop out of sports at an astounding 6 times the rate of boys? For every 100 girls that plays sports in elementary school only 2 will play in college.
That’s why I’m thrilled to introduce to you a new book from a dynamo team of a professional coach and an experienced mom, all about how to keep girls in sports!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of How to Coach Girls for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra charge to you.
Keeping Girls in Sports: How to Coach Girls Book Review
Do you want to encourage your daughter to have positive qualities like leadership, positive body image, and resilience? Sports is one of the key ways to do this, yet girls drop out of sports at an alarming rate, often just when they reach the age that it would most benefit them.
That’s why Alison Foley, Head Coach of Women’s Soccer at Boston College, and Mia Wenjen, parenting and education blogger at PragmaticMom and mother of two daughters, conceived of the idea to write a manual for professional and volunteer coaches on how to coach girls by making sports enjoyable and relevant for them.
How to Coach Girls contains practical advice and tips for professional and volunteer coaches on how to keep girls in sports. For example, both emphasize the need to coach the whole person by, for instance, leaving time for girls to bond socially with each other. The book’s 22 chapters focus on major issues such as picking captains, encouraging a growth mindset, body image, and even how to coach your own daughter.
What I really love about this book is that it is based on solid experience – Mia’s experience of raising two girls (and a boy) who play sports and Alison’s professional expertise as a coach on the collegiate level. For example, Alison shares which team building exercises have been most successful for her athletes, and Mia shares her observations about what has helped build her daughter’s self-confidence when starting on a new team.
Throughout the book, and in a special chapter at the end, you will find anecdotes and tips from professional coaches from a range of sports, including former Olympian athletes, on what girls need from a coach to allow them to flourish in sports, and most importantly, have fun.
So if you care about keeping girls in sports, you won’t want to miss this wonderful new book, How to Coach Girls!
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So what can be done to retain girls in sports? The answers and so much more can be found in How to Coach Girls. I am so proud to be able to support my friend Mia while also offering such a well-written guide that help parents and coaches understand the needs and tactics to make sports fun while cultivating WINNERS.
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