Volume 9, Issue 6
June, 2016
Greetings from CoachDeck!

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In this issue:
Tony Earp provides terrific insight on techniques coaches can use to help their players stretch and grow their skills and confidence. Brian Gotta relates a story about youth players on a nationally-ranked team whose best memories were a surprise to their coach. And John O'Sullivan shares his thoughts on what makes a great teammate.

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Play, Learn and Create
By Tony Earp

When coaching soccer, it is easy to get caught up in all the technical and tactical aspects of the game that you want your players to learn, and all are skill areas I am sure the players need to know very well to have success on the field. We know we want the players to learn those skills, but how do we approach teaching it to them, or a better question, how will the kids approach learning those skills?  Read Article
Their Favorite Memories
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

After ten years, my daughter's involvement in club soccer finally concluded as her U18 team finished its season. All the girls, some who have been together the entire decade, will be moving on to play at various colleges. It was sad for the girls and sad for the parents to see it end. At their final practice, their coach asked them all to name their favorite memory from their time with the club. He was surprised by what he heard. Read Article

The One Quality Great Teammates Have in Common
By John O'Sullivan

“Coach, can I talk to you?” “Sure,” I said. “What’s on your mind today Michael?” “Well, I just want to know what I can do so I get to start more games and get more playing time as a center midfielder. I don’t think I am showing my best as a winger. Well Michael,” I said, “there is something that all coaches are looking for from the players they recruit. Read Article​