Category: News for Coaches

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2017 Laws of the Game

Source: CMSA   The FIFA Laws of the Game have undergone significant changes for 2017 Canada Soccer has distributed the information to the provinces and Alberta Soccer will be requiring all game officials to attend in-service sessions on the new Laws as part of their 2017 Registration Process. Note – these changes are NOT in…
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Why Kids Quit Sports

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/why-kids-quit-sports/ by John O’Sullivan   “I just can’t take it anymore coach,” a talented but underperforming player named Kate told me a few years back. “I think I am done playing.” My mind went through all the reasons this might be happening: burnout, other interests, team dynamics, I was…
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How Adults Take the Joy Out of Sports (And How We Can Fix It)

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/how-adults-take-the-joy-out-of-sports/ by John O’Sullivan   We have all seen it. I was recently watching a 12-year-old boys soccer game, and I saw it again. Like a deer in the headlights, the left defender on the blue team was seemingly stranded on the field and unsure where to go or…
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The Accountability Problem in Youth Sports

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/accountability-problem-youth-sports/ by John O’Sullivan “Thanks so much for your talk the other day,” wrote a coach from Calgary, Alberta to us recently. “It was so refreshing to hear that message, especially in light of the news I returned home to.” “My friend spent the weekend coaching his son at…
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Coaches, Stop ‘Dealing with Parents’ and Start Engaging Them!

Source: Changing the game project – Coaches, Stop ‘Dealing with Parents’ and Start Engaging Them!   (This article was written by Nate Sanderson and originally appeared on Breakthrough Basketball. Nate is a great friend of Changing The Game Project and coach of the Iowa State Champion Springville Girls Basketball Team.  We highly encourage every coach…
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3 Ways Coaches Can Inspire Their Athletes

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/3-ways-coaches-can-inspire-athletes/ by John O’Sullivan   A few nights ago I went to a graduation. Not a high school or a college graduation, but one far smaller, and far more personal. In fact, there were only seven kids, one of which was my 9-year-old son TJ. He and six others…
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3 Words Every Athlete Needs to Hear

Source: Changing the game project –http://changingthegameproject.com/i-love-watching-you-play/ By James Leath “STOP LOOKING AT YOUR PHONE!” yells Tasha, a point guard on the 6th grade YMCA basketball team I was coaching. Immediately, I smile and start to explain to her that I forgot my watch and I needed to make sure we were on schedule. Tasha rolled…
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3 Questions That Turn Losing into Learning

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/3-questions-that-turn-losing-into-learning/ by John O’Sullivan   “Do you want to win every game you play for the rest of your life?” That was a question that Olympic gold medalist and current USA Women’s Volleyball team head coach Karch Kiraly asked his team as they prepared for the 2014 World Championships.…
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Yes, I Do Play My Favorites

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/yes-play-favorites/ by John O’Sullivan (Article written by James Leath (@jamesleath)) “I am sick and tired of coaches playing favorites” a parent once told me at a speaking event. “A coach should be completely impartial. It teaches the wrong message when he or she only plays favorites. Am I right?”…
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An Open Letter to My Dad, who Makes Me Want to Quit Sports

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/open-letter-dad-wont-stop-yelling/ by John O’Sullivan     Dear Dad, I was afraid to say this to your face after the game today, but I was thinking that maybe you could stop coming to my games for a while. It doesn’t seem that fun for you anyway, and I know it’s…
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