Volume 8, Issue 2
February, 2015
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Your rec coaches need all the help they can get. Why not equip them with some great games to play with their kids "on the fly"? Nothing says "we appreciate what you do," like a CoachDeck.

In this issue:
Adrian Parrish returns with fantastic tips to help your players convert scoring chances into goals. Brian Gotta is recommending you not "work" on anything at your next practice. And John Ellsworth is back with great advice for players who might have difficulty dealing with competitive pressure.

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Three Tips for Teaching Players to Finish
By Adrian Parrish

Have you ever been in a situation where you control the whole game, out-shoot your opponents and end up losing by one goal? Opportunities to score may have been handed to your team for easy goals when the keeper spilled the ball but your team failed to capitalize on this because they never followed up their shots. Read Article
Play More Games
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

Where I live, in Southern California, youth sports spring seasons have already begun to ramp up. I observe preseason practices taking place and am amazed and saddened by the lack of spirit wherever I look. Drills are being run by well-meaning coaches and kids are doing what is asked of them, but no one seems to be having much fun. Here is an easy solution that can be adopted tomorrow by any coach who wants to: Read Article

Beating Fear of Failure
By John Ellsworth

Fear of failure is one of the many mental obstacles which can impact athletic performance. It is characterized by the following: An avoidance of risks. (E.g. plays conservatively, tries to protect score, etc.)... Read Article