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Volume 5 Issue 11
November 2012

In This Issue
Imagination More Important Than Knowledge
Is it Ever Too Much?
Ten Tips for Boosting Confidence
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In this issue: Tom Turner's second in a three-part series on the importance of imagination and creativity in soccer is a brilliant read. Brian Gotta ponders whether our kids might sometimes be stretched too thin with their sports activities. And Dr. John Ellsworth provides readers with ten great tips to boost confidence in sports.

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"Imagination": Part TwoTom Turner
By Tom Turner

Youngsters understand very little about the real game. When they begin to play at five or six, they consciously struggle to control the ball in any coordinated way and, invariably, labor to understand even basic ideas about the tactical nature of the game. Read Article
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Brian GottaIs it Ever Too Much?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

One of my sons is coaching a 10U travel baseball team in Southern California. The day after Thanksgiving the families on the team (and he) had to leave at 4:30 AM to drive to Las Vegas for a tournament there. My daughter's soccer club hosted a Thanksgiving tournament attended by teams from out of state, as young as U7. Aside from Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving, there doesn't seem to be a day off for kids playing competitive sports.Read Article

Ten Tips for Boosting Confidence John Ellsworth
By John R. Ellsworth M.A

Athletes face many common challenges every day. It's important for young athletes to develop an awareness of the challenges and how to best beat them. Here is a list of some common challenges: Read Article
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