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Rick Davis On Coach's Self Control Routines

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Rick Davis, a PCA National Advisory Board Member, is a retired professional soccer player and former member of the U.S. National Team. He played with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League, and was named Player of the Year in 1979. Davis was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2001 and served as Executive Director of AYSO.

A self-labeled competitive person, Davis discusses the importance and challenges of developing a self-control routine. Coaches, parents and players alike can learn from Davis’ tactic of counting to ten if he feels himself getting upset in the heat of competition. This lets him take a step back and reflect on the situation before saying something he’ll regret due to his competitive nature.