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Volume 12, Issue 7
 
 
 
 
July, 2019
 
 
 
 
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Show your coach appreciation this fall! CoachDeck doubles as a great "thank-you-for-volunteering" and training tool all wrapped in one. It teaches coaches how to run fun and dynamic practices kids love!


In this issue:
Dan Abrahams makes the case that teaching players the right mindset may be more important than any tactical or technical skills. Brian Gotta suggests a way to help your young athletes improve, which doesn't involve leaving the house. And John Rosemond has some advice for parents struggling with the friends their teens choose.


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Skills Young Soccer Players REALLY Need
By Dan Abrahams

The England Under 20 team won the Under 20 World Cup. They beat Venezuela in the final one-nil. Their team is filled with ability – athleticism, ball control, passing, shooting, pace and guile. Yet, each of them face their toughest tests in the coming weeks, months and years…tests that can’t overcome through physical and technical excellence. Read Article
 
 
 
 
Watch and Learn
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

Those of you who read my columns know I'm not a big proponent of having kids stay inside and watch screens. There is no question in my and most experts' minds that the increased amount of time kids of this era are exposed to phones, tablets, games, computers and televisions has a detrimental effect on their physical and mental well-being. However, there is one type of screen activity I do recommend. Read Article
 
 
 
 
Take a Wait-and-See Attitude With Teen Friend's Choice
By John Rosemond

Our 14-year-old (he’s going into the ninth grade at a public high school) has taken up with a bunch of kids that we don’t exactly approve of. We haven’t seen any dramatic change in our son’s behavior, but he has become more secretive and has told us he doesn’t want to play sports anymore.  Read Article