Volume 8, Issue 4
April, 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:
Ever wonder what activities and exercises we should be doing with kids at different age levels? Tom Turner has provided a specific, step-by-step road map for you to follow. Brian Gotta tells the story of a group of high school parents who made bullying allegations against a coach. And Jeffrey Rhoads' latest piece provides parents with excellent suggestions for balancing structured, organized sports with free activity.

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A Model For Player Development
By Tom Turner

What is the best way to develop young players? Small-sided games? Individual play? Drills and exercises or fun games? Coaching expert Tom Turner has provided a brief, but complete model we can follow for ages U6 through U15 and beyond. Read Article
Coach, or Bully?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

The girls field hockey coach at my daughter's high school recently resigned amid allegations of bullying. She was last year's city Coach of the Year and won a Division One City Championship for a school that has never had one in any sport. Was she a bully who cared about winning at all cost? Or a tough coach who demanded 100% commitment from her players? Read Article

This is not an ice pack. It's better! And your club should have one at the field at all times!

The Role of Organized Sports in Your Child's Life
By Jeffrey Rhoads

Sports provide your child with many benefits including physical exercise, fun, confidence and a sense of community. And for many children, sports are the most natural and joyful way of expressing grace and excellence in their young lives.Surely this is the single best way for children to pursue their interest in sports, develop their abilities, and get the most out of the experience. But is it? Read Article