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Volume 4 Issue 11
November 2011

In This Issue
We Need Better Referees!
Most Valuable Parent
Functions Sports Play
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In this issue: New contributor, David Crawford, addresses an issue we all hear again and again - the quality of our referees. You'll want to read Brian Gotta's article about Kathy, the type of sports parent you don't hear about often enough. And, continuing in our series on the impact of injury on athletes, Dr. Alan Goldberg discusses the functions sports serve in our lives.

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We Need Better Referees!David Crawford
By David Crawford, North Texas State Soccer Association

This is a statement I have heard over and over again throughout the years, and if we were all to sit down and contemplate the situation, I think everyone would be in agreement...All calls would go the obvious way, and there would be absolutely no reason for anyone to get upset during a game. Read Article
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Brian GottaMVP - Most Valuable Parent
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

Four years ago, my son was on his high school Freshman football team. At 4'11", 95 pounds, he was strictly a "fifth quarter" player. The fifth quarter was when all of the kids who hadn't gotten to play in the "real" game scrimmaged each other. The referees went home, so coaches came on the field and blew the whistles. The public address announcer packed up and the scoreboard was turned off. The parents of the starters were encouraged to watch and cheer, but most of them drifted out too, leaving the stands nearly vacant. But Kathy always stayed until the end. Read Article

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Functions Sports Play in Athlete's LifeDr. Goldberg
By Dr. Alan Goldberg

The second in a series examining what happens to athletes when they are injured. This installment covers the three major functions sports play in the lives of those individuals. Read More
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