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Volume 6 Issue 10
October 2013

In This Issue
Pregame Speech
Sports Ruining Our High Schools?
Nightmare Sports Parent
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In this issue:
Tony Earp brings us a tremendous insight on giving a terrific pregame speech. Brian Gotta writes a rebuttal to an article published in The Atlantic that claims sports are ruining our high schools. And, new contributor, Steve Henson's article, "What Makes a Nightmare Sports Parent...and What Makes a Great One," is among the most
valuable reads we've published.


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Pregame Speech Tony Earp
By Tony Earp    

Like any coach before a game, I carefully think about what I am going to say to the players to help them play to the best of their ability... In the past, I have talked about working hard, giving it your best, you are the better team, you have to earn it today, and other things my coaches use to say to me. I now realize that my approach may not have been the best thing for the players before the start of a game. Read Article
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Brian GottaAre Sports Ruining Our High Schools?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

The cover of the October issue of The Atlantic reads, "How Sports Are Ruining High School". Author Amanda Ripley's article, "The Case Against High School Sports" outlines the costs, financial and otherwise, incurred as a result of high school sports programs. She brings up some valid points. But there's a lot she gets wrong. Read Article 
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What Makes a Nightmare Sports Parent...and What Makes a Great One (Part 1 of 2)
By Steve Henson

Hundreds of college athletes were asked to think back: "What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?"Their overwhelming response: "The ride home from games with my parents." Read Article 
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