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Volume 5 Issue 4
April 2012

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Key Roles for Mid-Fielders
Are You OK?
5 Keys to Mental Toughness
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In this issue: Adrian Parrish contributes a terrific article to help coaches improve team play, focusing on mid-fielders. Brian Gotta writes about how we often unintentionally make things worse when young athletes get minor injuries. And John Ellsworth's "Five Keys to Mental Toughness in Sports" is a must-read for parents and athletes alike.

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Key Roles for Mid-FieldersAdrian Parrish
By Adrian Parrish

Establishing a style of play for your team or club is something that has become a rarity at the youth soccer level. Many teams at the highest level set up to counter against their opponents for individual games rather than building a pattern for the long term. Read Article
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Brian GottaAre You OK?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

These three words seem innocuous enough. But often, when coaches and parents say them to a child who has been hurt, they have the opposite of their intended effect. When a child is slightly injured we still might want to choose these same three words, but slightly rearrange their order. Read Article

Five Keys to Mental Toughness in SportsJohn Ellsworth
By John R. Ellsworth M.A

To develop mental toughness you must have the right attitude, behavior and state of mind. If you know your defined role as an athlete and have a developing sense of task mastery you will have confidence. Confidence comes from "knowing" you are comfortable with your skills and prepared for any challenge that comes your way. Read Article
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