Volume 9, Issue 11
November, 2016
Greetings from CoachDeck!

There is so much to be thankful for this time of year. But the gratitude is year-round for those of us involved in youth sports. Let's keep our eyes on the goal of making sure the kids we do it for are thankful for the chance to play as well.

In this issue:
Tony Earp is back with a fantastic article highlighting different styles of coaching and how to help kids think for themselves. Big money in youth sports? Brian Gotta wonders where it will lead. And, new contributor Craig Sigl brings parents of youth athletes some very important food for thought.

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Tactical Regurgitation
By Tony Earp

What is most important? Teaching young players individual skills or a tactical understanding of the game? It is a debate many coaches have, and often a stark contrast you can see between two teams when they play against each other. Although both sets of coaches want their players to be successful, there may be a difference between WHEN they want their kids to have success and the type of “tactics” being taught. Read Article
Big Money in Youth Sports
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

It is billed as “the premier sports vacation destination, catering to the travel sports family lifestyle”. Is this a lifestyle? As someone who had four kids play travel sports, who substituted typical family vacations for out-of-state youth sports tournaments, I guess I have to admit it is. But looking at this place I wonder how far we'll go. Read Article

Three Things That May Hurt Your Kids' Conficence
By Craig Sigl

If you truly want to give your kids a boost to success, the first thing you need to do is stop doing these three things that hurt your kids’ confidence so let’s get right to it with #1.  Read Article​