Volume 9, Issue 4
April, 2016
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Lesson plans and formal training are great. But what about volunteer coaches who really aren't going to take the time to study and prepare? Shouldn't we want to give them a tool that will help them run exciting and fun practices? And even coaches who do prep for training will love and benefit from a CoachDeck!

In this issue:
Tony Earp explains the difference between lasting confidence and that more artificial, short-term stuff we often mistake for it. Brian Gotta would like to salute all the great volunteers who make our leagues run. Who do you know? And even if your kids are not in high school yet, Dean Hebert's article about the conflicts between club coaches and school coaches will have meaning for parents of competitive athletes of any age.

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Building Real Confidence
By Tony Earp

Confidence and self-esteem are important for every player to have in order to be successful on and off the soccer field. As coaches and parents, one of our goals is help develop both of these in players over the course of their childhood to help them be prepared for the real world when they are off on their own to face the challenges ahead. Read Article
Who Is Your MVP Volunteer?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

Having coached four children in multiple youth recreational sports, I have encountered many, many great people who have selflessly devoted their time as volunteers to helping create a positive experience for the kids in the league. There are hundreds of thousands of individuals out there who do this important work and receive no pay, no recognition, maybe not even many “thank-you's.” Let's change that: Who is your league's “MVP Volunteer”? Read Article

Coaching Dilemma - Athlete Dilemma
By Dean Hebert

The conflicts between club coaches and school coaches are well-known. On rare occasions the school coach also acts as the club coach for their athletes. However, far more likely the club and school systems are in competition with each other.  Read Article​