Volume 11, Issue 1
January, 2018
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Want to put a little more fun in your practices? How about 52 games you can play with kids disguised as good, fundamental drills? That's CoachDeck! Each card contains a unique, "Make it a Game TM" feature that turns an ordinary drill into a fun competition kids love. Turn your inexperienced volunteers into expert coaches!

In this issue:
John O'Sullivan wears a different hat for us with his great advice on how coaches and parents can turn losing into a positive. Brian Gotta wonders if it really is scholarships that drive youth sports parents to go over the top. And if you coach at any level you will hang on every word of Craig Sigl's coach communication article.

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Three Questions That Turn Losing Into Learning
By John O'Sullivan

“Do you want your kids to win all their games for the rest of their life?” Of course the answer is no. We understand that winning is great, but losing and being challenged and pushed is where young athletes learn the most. We don’t want our kids to play all their games against overmatched teams, or in easy tournaments, because they would eventually get bored and quit. They want to be challenged. Here is the clincher, though. Read Article
It's Not Free College
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

A recent Time Magazine cover story titled, How Kid Sports Turned Pro, Crazy Travel, Crazy Cost, Crazy Stress provided accounts of multiple families spending upwards of $100,000 in lessons and travel expenses to ensure their sports-playing children had the best training and played on the most competitive teams. The author surmised, “There may be no single factor driving the professionalization of youth sports more than the dream of free college.”:Read Article
Coach Communication
By Craig Sigl

Let’s face it, coaches want to win. Let’s accept that. Even coaches who preach that they have “fun” and “sportsmanship” and “life lessons” first STILL want to win, at heart, and we all know it.  Read Article​