Beautiful: Teaching Girls Soccer the Boston Breakers Way DVD makes its debut

(June 9, 2016) - The only DVD that teaches coaches and parents everything they need to successfully coach girls soccer will go on sale at the Boston Breakers vs. Washington Spirit game on June 10 at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.

Beautiful: Teaching Girls Soccer the Boston Breakers Way is a collaboration between the Boston Breakers, one of the most storied franchises in U.S. women’s professional soccer, and the Beautiful Project, which promotes best practices for coaching girls and greater understanding of the unique needs of young female athletes.

“Mia Hamm once said: ‘Coach me like a man, but treat me like a woman,” said Beautiful Project creator Ralph Ranalli. “The best coaches in the world know that to successfully coach female athletes, you first have to understand what makes them different. We believe it’s vital to get that knowledge into the hands of grassroots girls coaches.”

Beautiful includes wisdom from US Women’s National Team stars and Breakers alumnae Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly, and expertise from former US Women’s National Team star, Breakers legend and current Assistant Coach Cat Whitehill, Boston Breakers Academy Technical Director Tom Durkin and Positive Coaching Alliance Executive Director Jim Thompson.

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The Beautiful video is available for sale as a DVD through the Beautiful Project website - It is also available to buy or rent as on-demand video content that can be played across multiple devices through Vimeo on Demand at

Beautiful covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Understanding the important differences between girl and boy players
  • Mastering girl-centered coaching techniques
  • Using girls’ social dynamics for team success
  • Understanding young female physiology and the effects of puberty
  • Techniques and exercises for preventing injuries like ACL tears and concussions

Medical and psychological expertise for the project was provided by some of the top national experts in women’s sports medicine, including the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, the Sports Medicine Program at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Boston, the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association and the Competitive Athlete Training Zone (CATZ).

Beautiful also includes a revolutionary new 12-minute warmup developed in response to a survey that found most grassroots girls coaches wanted to run an injury preventing warmup, but didn’t feel they had the time to do so. Developed by CATZ, the “Beautiful 12” covers the essential exercises necessary to prevent injuries in girl players, but in approximately half the time of the FIFA 11+ or PEP warmups.

The Beautiful Project was launched in 2013 with the help of 450 backers of a Kickstarter campaign titled “She’s Not a Boy with a Ponytail.” Major sponsors include Steward Health Care.

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