Volume 10, Issue 7
July, 2017
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Even though it is the off-season for many of us, it's not too early to begin planning for fall ball and even for 2018. If your league has been relying on coaches to educate themselves online you may be wondering why they still show up at practice without a plan. Give them a CoachDeck and it will never happen again!

In this issue: If you are a coach and you don't read Dave Holt's article on teaching players how to respect the game, you're missing out. Brian Gotta believes there is much more we need to do as parents and coaches than worry about trophies. And Craig Sigl returns with terrific insight on the psychology driving young athletes.

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Teaching Players to Respect the Game
By Dave Holt

One of my best coaching tips for baseball is this. Teach more than the game. We baseball coaches are pretty good at coaching skills, coaching strategy and teaching baseball techniques. We are called to go beyond the X’s and O’s and baseball fundamentals. Read Article
So What if Everyone Gets a Trophy?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

Anyone following youth sports has noticed a groundswell of sarcasm and criticism online and in the media about leagues that give out trophies to every kid, just for playing. The general consensus seems to be that this teaches them the poor lesson that they will be rewarded even if they didn't earn anything. My thought is that we're focusing on the wrong thing. Read Article

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Identity Building
By Craig Sigl

I had a conversation with a sports dad who was asking my advice about how he should advise his 9th grade son regarding choosing what sport to play in an upcoming school year. His son isn’t the typical sports kid, no,he is one of those rare kids who is just a natural athlete and excels at everything. Read Article