Volume 8, Issue 8
August, 2015
Greetings from CoachDeck!

We can still get an order of handy CoachDecks out in time for your fall ball programs. Not running fall ball? Then why not consider us for the 2016 spring season? Either way your coaches will love them!

Coach Evaluations: Now that seasons have ended, you might want to have each Division Coordinator use this Coach/Manager Evaluation Script to get feedback from the parents in your league.

In this issue:
We're excited to bring you our new contributor, former MLB player and World Champion, Mike Epstein. The first of two parts, this article on hitting provides incredible insight. Brian Gotta asks if you're a "Before" or an "After" coach. And, Dr. Darrell Burnett returns with the first of a multi-part article all youth coaches ought to be required to read.

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Throw Your Hands at the Ball?
By Mike Epstein

I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. But, I have the toughest time trying to understand how a hitter can be taught to stay “inside” the ball—and to also “throw his hands at the ball”—both at the same time. What am I missing here? What are we all missing here? Read Article
Are You a "Before" or "After" Coach?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

It was one of the first examples of “after” coaching I'd seen. And since then I've witnessed many more instances in baseball, softball, soccer and other sports. A “before” coach is what I've always hoped I was and tried to be. Experience certainly helps, but even a novice can work on coaching before, instead of after. Read Article

Behavior Checklist for Youth Coaches
By Dr. Darrell Burnett

When the UCLA Sports Laboratory surveyed children for the main reasons why they continue to participate in youth sports, the number one reason given was positive coach support. It is extremely important that we, as coaches, remember that a successful youth coach is defined not in terms of a won-loss record... Read Article
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