Volume 9, Issue 10
October, 2016
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Leagues are beginning to wake up from hibernation and start planning for the upcoming 2017 season. We know what would take your volunteer coaches to the next level...their very own CoachDeck! Nothing helps them run more fun and dynamic practices than our deck of 52 drills that can be made into competitions!

In this issue:
As we lead up to the new season, over the next five issues we will bring you Doug Bernier's great breakdown of all the essential hitting steps you can teach your players. Brian Gotta discusses that dreaded, "Daddy Ball". And you may not be able to get through this month's poignant article by John O'Sullivan with a dry eye.

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Rhythm (Part 1 of 5)
By Doug Bernier

Rhythm is part 1 of the baseball swing.  It provides the relaxed readiness that is essential to a well-timed swing.  Good rhythm allows for quick reactions that will have you making contact with the baseball more often. Read Article
Daddy Ball
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

We hear the phrase often: “Daddy Ball.” It is a derogatory term describing a situation where a parent becomes a youth coach for the sole reason of promoting his own child. The accusation is that the child gets benefits in terms of playing time and position that he or she wouldn't have received had someone else been coaching the team. But what if it's not true? And what if it is?​​​​​​​ Read Article

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Open Letter to My Dad Who Makes Me Want to Quit Sports
By John O'Sullivan

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 not fun for me when you are there. I used to love when you watched my play when I was younger, but now, I wish you weren’t there. Read Article