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Volume 7 Issue 8
August 2014

In This Issue
Assessing Players
Parents and Playing Time
Wise to Specialize?
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In this issue:
Tom Turner's second of two parts on why conventional skills tests may not be the best way to evaluate players is a great read. By popular demand we republish an article by Brian Gotta on the sensitive subject of how parents react to their young athletes' playing time. And new contributor, John O'Sullivan discusses a topic that keeps many serious sports parents up at night.


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How to Assess Soccer Players Tom Turner (Part 2)
By Tom Turner    

Feel like you've got your club's soccer evaluations down to a science? World-renowned coach Tom Turner might offer you some insight that allows players to really show what they can do when it counts. Read Article
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Brian Gotta
Parents and Playing Time    
By Brian Gotta

We love that our kids play sports for the many life lessons that are learned. But when we intervene and try to influence our son or daughter's coach, relative to playing time or positions, what lesson are we really teaching? Read Article 

Is it Wise to Specialize?
By John O'Sullivan 

The greatest difference between our children's sporting experience and our own is the rise of year round, sport specific organizations that ask - even require - season after season of participation in order to stay in the player development pipeline. The pressure to have your child specialize in a single sport at a young age has never been stronger. Read Article
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