Volume 12, Issue 11
November, 2019
Greetings from CoachDeck!

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In this issue: Mike Epstein's final in a three-part series addresses how pitchers try to get hitters off balance, and what hitters can do to react. Brian Gotta provides tips for how youth coaches can provide feedback to players when they make mistakes. And Dr. Darrell Burnett returns with a letter that should be mandatory reading for all sports parents.

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Dynamic Balance (Part 3)
By Mike Epstein

The pitcher's goal is to disrupt a hitter's balance. To accomplish this, they change speeds to upset the hitter's timing. One of the problems that true linear hitters had in the '80's and '90's was once their weight began coming forward, it continued coming forward. While they were good fastball hitters, anything off-speed gave them fits. Read Article
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Coaching the Mistakes
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

Coaching youth sports means that you’re going to see your share of mistakes – and some might even be made by you! How you deal with mistakes is the key to success. Here are four easy tips to help you be a better coach, teacher and role-model  Read Article
A Coach's Letter to Parents
By Dr. Darrell Burnett

Dear Parents. Here are some hints on how to make this a fun season, with lots of positive memories for your kids and your family.  Read Article