Volume 7, Issue 11
November, 2014
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In this issue:
Tony Earp's second in a three-part series entitled, "Things My Mother Never Said to Me,"  is phenomenal. Brian Gotta's tongue-and-cheek quiz will tell you if you're too wrapped up in your kids' sports. And John O'Sullivan writes about coaches who demand 100% loyalty to their sport and team.

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Things My Mother Never Said to Me (2)
By Tony Earp 

As a soccer coach, I hear a lot of things said by parents to me or their kids that my mom never said to me growing up. I attribute my success on the field to my mom avoiding these comments and not allowing me to make excuses or justify disappointment in the wrong way. Below is a sample of comments I hear all the time. As a coach, I cringe every time I hear them. Maybe because I never heard them growing up from my mom. Read Article
Are You Taking Your Child's Sports Too Seriously?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

There are many reasons we might get a little nutty when it comes to our children's sports. We may be so concerned about their happiness that we believe failure in sports will be devastating to them. There could be some competitive feelings with parents of other children. And we may be hoping for them to live dreams we had in our youth. And yet, consciously, we might not realize any of these apply to us. Take this quiz and see if you could be in a little “too deep” when it comes to your kids' sports. Read Article

Coaches, A Little Common Sense Please!
By John O'Sullivan 

“My 8 year old had 6 days of soccer last week!” “My 11 year old’s coach said he could not play on any other soccer teams except his. No futsal with his friends, no indoor, nothing but this team.” “My 13 year old was told that if he did not commit to play Fall baseball, on top of spring and summer ball, the high school coaches would hold it against him come tryouts next year." These are all actual emails and notes I have received from parents regarding the pressure to commit to a single sport, and a single team. Read Article