Volume 9, Issue 12
December, 2016
Greetings from CoachDeck!

As we celebrate our tenth anniversary we'd like to thank all the soccer organizations who have given their coaches our fun and dynamic product, along the way making CoachDeck the number one training resource for volunteer coaches in North America. We're looking forward to helping thousands more coaches in the decade to come!

In this issue:
Tom Sullivan makes his return in a tremendous four-part series describing the phases of soccer play that will benefit coaches, parents and spectators alike. Brian Gotta discusses how sometimes the skills our kids learn through coaching are not enough. And you'll want to read what John O'Sullivan has identified as the four biggest problems in youth sports.

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The Better Team Lost! Exploring Soccer's Phases of Play
By Tom Turner

Anyone who has been around soccer for any length of time will appreciate that the better team doesn’t always win. In no other sport can a team dominate possession, dominate the number of scoring chances, dominate the number of attacking restarts, and yet fail to secure a worthy result. In soccer, goals count, meaning inferior or tactically disciplined teams can often find ways to succeed against steep odds. Read Article
You Can't Teach Instinct
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

I was watching a college basketball game on television and saw a player make a play that did not warrant any ‘oohs” and “aahs” from the commentators, and it was not shown on replay or on any highlight shows the next day. Read Article

The Four Biggest Problems in Youth Sports Today
By John O'Sullivan

When you run an organization such as the Changing the Game Project, you hear many youth sports stories from parents, coaches, and players. Some stories are absolutely heartbreaking, others inspiring.
Recently I encountered the absurd.  Read Article​