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Issue 3 Volume 3
March 2010
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Basic Coaching Concepts
Boosting Confidence
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Spring is here! Time to get back on the field! We have a great article containing valuable tips for coaching youngsters as well as one written by Brian Gotta about a special little girl who came a long way. And our regular contributor, Dr. Patrick Cohn, shares advice on boosting the confidence of your young athletes.

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Basic Coaching Concepts for Children Under Eleven Tom Turner
By Tom Turner

This is the fourth installment in our multi-part series designed to provide fundamental instruction on which technical and tactical skills coaches should be working on with their kids at each age group. Excellent information for all coaches. Read Article
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Brian GottaZoe
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

I have three boys and a girl, in that order. After coaching boy's baseball for ten years, adjusting to little girls softball was, well, an adjustment. My daughter played pretty hard, and was not too afraid of getting hurt, but one little girl, Zoe, taught me some of the most wonderful lessons of my coaching career. Read Article
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Parents' Role in Boosting Their Kids' Confidence Dr. Cohn
By Dr. Patrick Cohn
I grew up in a sports-crazed family with five kids.Thirty years ago, when I played football, hockey, golf, and lacrosse year round, our dad was an enthusiastic sports parent. He often impeached us to play harder and live up to our abilities. He was quick to express his frustration with referees and coaches. Our dad was so into our games, he couldn't restrain himself. That was both good and bad for the five of us. We liked all the attention, but often felt pressured to perform better - and better! Read Article