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Baseball & Softball
Issue 3 Volume 11
November 2010

In This Issue
Throwing from the Stretch
Thank Goodness for Rec Sports
Comparing Kids
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We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Those of us who have the privilege of being involved in youth sports have so much to be thankful for. And we at CoachDeck are thankful for you!

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In this month's issue:
Want to know the proper technique to teach your players to throw from the stretch? Regular contributor, Dan Gazaway can help. Plus, Brian Gotta tells us why he's thankful for rec sports. And, really want to motivate your young athletes? One of the methods we all have used at one time or another may not be as effective as you think. New contributor Dean Herbert tells us why.

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Pitching from the Stretch Dan Gazaway
By Dan Gazaway, Owner & Founder of The Pitching Academy

Proper pitching mechanics are key to your success! Before a pitcher begins transferring his weight toward home plate, he has to establish a solid starting point or foundation (Balance and Posture). This foundation must be set properly or a pitcher will not have balance in his delivery. With little or no balance, too much pressure can be put on the throwing arm and the location of the pitch can be effected. Read Article
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Brian GottaThank Goodness for Rec Sports
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

My 13 year-old daughter plays soccer for a highly-ranked competitive team. She loves it. It is probably her favorite thing to do in the world. She and my 15 year-old son referee rec games on weekends as a part-time job. Last Saturday, I went to pick up my son from the game he was doing. I got there a little early and watched the last ten minutes. The girls were the same age as my daughter - 13U. The first thing that struck me was how different this game was from the ones I've grown accustomed to watching over the past several years. These girls were not tremendously skilled. They did not run particularly hard after loose balls and they were not very aggressive. There was little passing or development of plays; it was more kicking the ball downfield, back and forth. And after watching for a few minutes I remember thinking, "Thank goodness for rec sports." Read Article
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Dean Herbert

Does it Motivate Kids to Compare Them?

by Dean Herbert

In an effort to motivate athletes, parents and coaches often think that a comparison will be a carrot that will help youth achieve great performances. A common approach to motivating youth is to compare or set up rivalries between youth - sometimes on their own team. Unfortunately the majority of the population of any age is not motivated in this way. Read Article

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