Volume 9, Issue 3
March, 2016
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Your parent-volunteer coaches work all day, come home, have dinner, put the kids to bed...the last thing they want to do at 10:00 at night is log on to a website, watch streaming video, download practice plans and print out drills on sheets of paper. They need something fast, easy and FUN they can use on the fly as their players are showing up to the field. CoachDeck is the answer!

In this issue:
Larry Cicchiello brings youth pitchers great tips for working favorable counts to their advantage. Brian Gotta has found some parents who are very "into" their kids' sports. Guess how old the players are? And new contributor Bill Cole shares the secrets of championship athletes.

Before Opening Day, we recommend taking a look at this checklist and seeing if there is anything here you want to address. You may save yourself from complaints later this season.

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How to Expand the Strike Zone Properly
By Larry Cicchiello

Whenever you are ahead in the count, you should "expand the strike zone." No, let's rephrase that. You must expand the strike zone! That simply means throwing a pitch off the plate, that's actually a ball. Or throwing a pitch too high or too low that is out of the strike zone. Read Article
Over the Top
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

I stumbled upon an article in a small community newspaper that was headlined, “Youth Baseball Game Unfairly Umpired.” It was written by the grandmother of a player whose team lost after umpires ended the game due to a time limit having been reached. Dozens of people chimed in with online comments and reading them makes me wonder about these folks. Read Article

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Superstar Athletes: What Makes Them Tick?
By Bill Cole

Who is your all-time favorite star athlete? I bet you can name a few. Whoever came to mind, I bet you admire them because they have great physical skills and they are thrilling to watch. Have you ever wondered what made them so good? What is inside their heads that gives them laser focus, high energy and determined drive leading to such high performance? Read Article