Volume 11, Issue 2
February, 2018
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Do you get frustrated walking by the ball field and watching a coach standing on the rubber throwing BP to one player while the rest of the team wilts in the field behind him? Give your coaches an endless array of fresh practice ideas in a handy deck of cards. Your volunteers...and your kids...deserve a CoachDeck!

In this issue: Just in time for the new season. Dave Holt shares his message to baseball parents on teams he is about to coach. Brian Gotta explains how coaches can be great teachers and have fun at the same time. And, Craig Sigl continues his brilliant series on Coach Communication.

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To Baseball Mom and Dad
By Dave Holt

Baseball Dad and Baseball Mom: The baseball parent I have found is the biggest problem in youth baseball and youth sports. I think we should get everything straight and out in the open before we go any further. Read Article
Make Practice Fun and Meaningful
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

There are two things that kids want from practice. They want to get better, and they want to have fun. There are many coaches who are great at teaching fundamentals, but don’t have much fun doing it. And there are other coaches who run fun practices, but don’t teach much in the way of skills. The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Coaches who make their practices enjoyable while teaching the basics usually get the most of their players.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​  Read Article
Coach Communication (Part 2)
By Craig Sigl

Let me just re-establish in Part Two here of this series that improving your communication with your athletes is the one area where your efforts will not be a choice between creating a fun/learning experience and striving for better wins/performance. It improves both! Read Article