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Volume 7 Issue 9
September 2014

In This Issue
The Breakaway
Thank You, Derek Jeter
Importance of Play
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In this issue:
New contributor Brian Borde discusses that nightmare scenario faced by all goalies at one time or another - the breakaway. And how you can coach to defend it. You don't have to be a baseball fan to appreciate Brian Gotta's open letter of gratitude to Derek Jeter upon his retirement. And John O'Sullivan is back with part one of a two part article on why we should focus kids on "playing" a sport rather than "working" on it.


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The Breakaway
By Brian Borde   

The breakaway can be the most intimidating game situation for a goalkeeper. There are fears of injury, failure, not to mention embarrassment associated with this situation. Most young goalkeepers prepare for dealing with breakaways with a stationary player dribbling in with a ball on cue. This is the least realistic of the conditions that create a breakaway. Read Article
Soccer Innovations
Brian Gotta
Thank You, Derek Jeter     
By Brian Gotta

With the close of the 2014 Major League Baseball regular season came the final chapter in one of the greatest stories in the modern sports era when longtime New York Yankee Derek Jeter stepped off the field for the final time. He leaves a hole in baseball, American sports, and our national fabric that won't soon be filled. If I could write a letter to him to thank him for what he has meant to me, my children and all sports fans, here's what I'd say: Read Article 

The Incredibly Massive Importance of Play
By John O'Sullivan 

Let me be blunt and scream this from the rooftop: the best athletes PLAY sports. They don't work them, they play them. When sport becomes more work than play, athletes struggle, they grind, and if they cannot get back to playing instead of working, they eventually drop out. From youth to pros, when the fun goes, soon to follow is performance. Read Article

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