Volume 8, Issue 6
June, 2015
Greetings from CoachDeck!

It's that time of year when we say goodbye to players, friends and families with whom we've spend a great deal of the spring. It is always sad to have the season end, but if you got every child excited about playing you'll see them again next year! And, it's also the time of year for all-stars! Here is a checklist for all-star parents we've put together.

In this issue:
We haven't brought you an article from the umpire's perspective before. But new contributor, coach and umpire Larry Cicchiello changes that below. Brian Gotta shares some terrific tips for raising healthier and happier children, derived from a Harvard study. And, new contributor, Lisa Brown's article on helping athletes cope with pressure comes with a free downloadable guide on mental toughness.

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You Blew the Game, Coach, and it Wasn't My Bad Call!
By Larry Cicchiello

I umpired an extremely competitive and closely fought high school baseball game a couple of days ago. My assignment was to be the field umpire and my partner was assigned to home plate. We had our pregame conference with both head coaches and they both seemed like terrific guys. We shake hands and we all wish each other good luck. Boy, things can really change in a hurry and so can personalities. Read Article
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Making our Children Better
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

We've all made mistakes as parents and wish we could have a do-over. The sad truth is children aren't born with owner's manuals. And unfortunately some wouldn't bother to read them if they were. The Harvard Graduate School of Education recently did a study on parents and caretakers and produced a sheet of seven strategies and tips for raising children. Its as close to an owner's manual as you can get. Read Article

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The Last Day You Ever Choke in Sport
By Lisa Brown

Whenever I would choke, my coach, Dad, or sport psychologist would tell me that all I need to do was believe in myself. They would say things like, “You’re a great athlete, why are you second-guessing yourself like this? Just go out there and play the way you KNOW you can.” Sound familiar? If so, you know how ridiculously superficial and UNHELPFUL this advice is. Read Article