Volume 8, Issue 3
March, 2015
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Spring has sprung! And that means, bring on the fun! If you want to encourage your volunteer coaches to have fun at practice, give them a CoachDeck where every drill turns into a fun and exciting game kids love!

In this issue:
Adrian Parrish writes about something so basic, but so powerful that every youth soccer coach and parent ought to read it. Brian Gotta discusses the potential long-term ramifications when youth coaches "bend" rules. And Jeffrey Rhoads' piece aimed at those parents not sure they should volunteer is perfect timing this spring season.

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Who Are the Best Coaches?
By Adrian Parrish

Diego Maradona of Argentina and Paul Gascoinge of England inspired many youth players such as myself during their respective World Cups. The soccer world witnessed them take the game to another level. Both players had the skills, talents and ability to inspire their own team-mates, but also had young players dreaming and imitating them throughout fields and playgrounds in most of the world. This turned these great soccer legends, into soccer coaches. Read Article
When Coaches Cheat
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

Sometimes youth coaches who cheat make national news, as was the case recently when it became known that this summer's feel-good youth baseball story, of Jackie Robinson Little League winning the World Series, was tainted. But more often, cheating in youth sports is hidden in the shadows. However, even the slightest “bending” of the rules by a coach can have long-term, significant consequences.
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Do You Want to Be a Youth Coach?
By Jeffrey Rhoads

Are you thinking about becoming a youth coach? Besides considering your qualifications to teach your sport, you will run through a number of questions in your mind including, "Do I want to get involved? Am I ready to commit my time and energies?" Implicit in these personal questions is another one: "What are the benefits?" Read Article