Volume 12, Issue 1
January, 2019
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Are you ready for another fun year of soccer? Let's hope your coaches are too. Requiring them to follow regimented lesson plans may seem like the best way to develop players, but as you'll read below, player development isn't all its cracked up to be. Teach your coaches to run fun AND fundamental practices, with CoachDeck!

In this issue:
Tony Earp returns and explains how what's happening with the ball is often not the most important thing going on. Brian Gotta has written a thank-you note to all volunteer coaches. And John O'Sullivan's article should make every youth coach and league administrator think twice about their approach to developing players.

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Work Without the Ball
By Tony Earp

It is the most under appreciated aspect of the game. Although critical to a team’s success, it is what gets the least amount of attention from spectators, coaches, and the players. When watching a game, we tend to follow the ball. That is where the action is so that is the most logical place to look, but what is happening away from the ball can be just as important.  Read Article
Thank you, Coach
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

Volunteer coaches don't expect to be paid or become famous. There are many different factors that might motivate someone to coach a team, knowing there are few tangible rewards. Though fame and fortune are not the goals, it is simply human nature to wish for something else. Appreciation. And since not everyone will express their gratitude, let me do it for them. ​​​​​​​Read Article
The Professionalization of Youth Sports
By John O'Sullivan

...Their performance-planning was impeccable, their professionalism admirable. The missing ingredient, perspective, was supplied on the first night away in France during a routine bed check. Two of the players has a teddy bear on their pillow. A third slept in a nappy.”​​​​​​​ Read Article​