Volume 9, Issue 1
January, 2016
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Time to get busy planning for 2016 seasons! Some are starting soon, some in a few months, but all have one thing in common: Busy volunteer coaches who don't have time to prepare for practices! Give them the help they need by providing them with their very own CoachDeck!

In this issue:
Mike Epstein's final in a four-part series addresses the correct mindset for hitters to have with two strikes. Brian Gotta discusses the fine line coaches must walk between doing what's best for each player and what's best for the team. And, Jeffrey Rhoads is back with great advice for parents who want to be sure their child is playing in the proper environment.

Before you begin the season, we recommend taking a look at this checklist and seeing if there is anything here you want to address. Better now than after Opening Day.

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Proper Thinking
By Mike Epstein

In two-strike hitting situations, "proper" thinking helps the hitter to get to all his hitting zones and "time" every pitch. The hitter has to prepare himself for every speed pitch in the pitcher’s arsenal that day. Read Article
Making the Right Coaching Decisions
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

I received an email from a mom of a sixth-grade boy who was playing basketball for the first time. She said that, while her son does get to play in games, his coach has instructed him never to dribble. When he gets the ball he can only pass to someone else. She asked if I thought this was wrong. ​ Read Article

Choosing the Best Sports Program for Your Child
By Jeffrey Rhoads

Ideally your child plays for a coach who is an excellent instructor-one who recognizes teaching opportunities and communicates lessons in a positive, uplifting manner. But in addition to a good coach, participating in the right youth sports programs is essential to your child's enjoyment of sports. Choose the wrong program or league, and you risk damaging your child's desire to play sports.​ Read Article
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