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Volume 13, Issue 2
 
 
 
 
February, 2020
 
 
 
 
Greetings from CoachDeck!

It may still feel like winter but spring is right around the corner. If you want your coaches doing more than throwing 90 minutes of BP at every practice, give them a CoachDeck! Their players won't want practice to end!

In this issue: Coaching legend Jack Stallings provides tips to help young players thrive in pressure situations.​​​​​​​ Brian Gotta provides tips to parents and coaches to encourage kids to keep playing into their teens. And if you're a coach at any level, Dr. Alan Goldberg's tip for dealing with parents is indispensable! 


Preseason Checklist: Be sure that your league has addressed each of these situations and have rules in place BEFORE the season begins.


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How to Play Well Under Pressure
By Jack Stallings

The ability to play well under pressure is one of the most desired qualities for any athlete in any sport, and a player who can perform extremely well in practice but cannot duplicate that performance in a game will not be successful and will, in fact, be a very frustrated athlete. Read Article
 
 
 
 
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The Critical Age for Youth Sports
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

You can find the statistics anywhere and we’ve all read the facts: Around the age of 13, children discontinue youth sports participation at a precipitous level. The reason for this phenomenon is the subject of many theories. But are there ways we, as parents and coaches, can keep kids playing into their teens?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​  Read Article
 
 
 
 
Getting Parents to Work With You, Not Against You
By Dr. Alan Goldberg

Believe it or not, 99% of all parents out there are sane and workable. If you want to be a successful coach you have to deliberately make an effort to train them. The following is a list of strategies and ideas that will help you in this endeavor.  Read Article