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Baseball & Softball
Volume 7 Issue 3
March 2014

In This Issue
Should Every Child Get a Ribbon?
What If?
Where Should Your Focus Be?
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In this issue: We bring you another tremendous article from Miles Noland, this one just in time to pass along to those zealous coaches about to begin the season. Brian Gotta wants to make sure every coach starts off the season with what's most important in mind. And Dr. Chris Stankovich make a return with this article asking if every player should get a participation award.

League administrators: In case you missed it last month we recommend your board reviews this checklist of items BEFORE the season begins! 

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Should Every Kid Get a Participation Ribbon?

By Dr. Chris Stankovich   


One complaint I regularly hear these days is that we have become too soft and giving when it comes to rewarding kids for simply "being on the team" when it comes to youth sports.  Rather than have to earn awards through athletic accomplishments, some folks feel we have become too giving about rewarding kids for simply putting on a uniform and being on the team. Read Article 

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What If?        

By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck


A pretty young girl, suddenly scarred for life. A group of five year-olds with broken noses and shattered teeth. A young boy who is in a coma with brain damage. Is this an article about a war-torn region of the world? No. Here are some things I have witnessed in youth sports. Read Article 

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Where Should Your Focus as a Coach Be?

by Miles Noland,

It takes a mature youth baseball coach that understands player development and keeping kids healthy to make decisions that are better for the player in the long run, and perhaps not as good for the team in the short term. Youth baseball coaches have to realize the huge responsibility they have in leading youth athletes, and they have to put their ego aside and do what is best for the kid. Read Article 

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