Coaching: A Realistic Perspective is the ideal textbook for anyone who is preparing to coach athletics. All aspects of the profession are addressed in a clear and straightforward manner, presented with advice gained from decades of experience. The expanded and updated eighth edition examines the qualities of successful coaches—presenting tools for self-evaluation, recruiting, off-season planning, player and parent expectations of coaches, potential problem areas, and the balance between a coach's work life and personal and family life-a topic often overlooked in other textbooks.
Students exploring the profession, especially for secondary school, will find end-of-chapter questions helpful in creating points of discussion and debate. Appendixes include guides to scheduling practices, tournament organization, and helpful charts of averages and percentages. Coaching is a detailed look at the profession with Ralph and Michael Sabock proving excellent guides to the nature of sport, the ethics of athletics, and the world of a coach.