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Volume 11, Issue 10
 
 
 
 
October, 2018
 
 
 
 
Greetings from CoachDeck!

How is that fall season going? Could your coaches be running practices that are more fun and engaging? Are you confident they'll all want to come back and do it again next year? Start planning to make CoachDeck part of your training program and watch the results blossom!

In this issue:
Tony Earp returns with a great article that can help coaches understand that control of the ball can mean many things. Brian Gotta has a take on coaches who say they have players who "don't want to be there." And if you're a parent you'll want to read John O'Sullivan poignant explanation of how sports is about connection.  


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Control Defined
By Tony Earp

Coaches talk to players a lot about their control of the ball and how to improve it. It is probably one of the most common things a player gets feedback on during training and games.  “Better first touch” or “keep it close” are both examples of what a player might hear from a coach when the ball gets too far from the body and possession is lost. Read Article
 
 
 
 
Don't Want to Be There
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

I review a lot of online articles about recreational and competitive sports. I read the comments after the article (and should probably stop doing that), and continue seeing the theme of, “I got tired of coaching kids who didn't want to be there,” or my son or daughter “stopped playing rec because of all the kids who don't want to be there.” Read Article
 
 
 
 
A Final Game of H-O-R-S-E
By John O'Sullivan

A few years back, my wife Lauren and I took our kids back for one final visit to her childhood home in Fairport, NY. Her parents were preparing to sell their house and move to a warmer climate, and we took the opportunity to fly across the country to say some final goodbyes to the home they had lived in for nearly 40 years. Read Article​