Volume 9, Issue 12
December, 2016
Greetings from CoachDeck!

It is hard to believe we are finishing our tenth year in business! In the past decade we've grown from a unique idea we hoped would help some coaches run better practices to the number one resource for volunteer coaches in North America. We are so grateful for everyone who helped make us what we are today and to those who will continue to see the value of CoachDeck in the years to come.

In this issue:
Anxiety in the hitting process? Not quite. But Doug Bernier's third installment in a five-part series on the breakdown of the essential hitting steps addresses the step of separation. Brian Gotta discusses how sometimes the skills our kids learn through formal coaching are not enough. And you'll want to read what John O'Sullivan has identified as the four biggest problems in youth sports.

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Separation (Part 3 of 5)
By Doug Bernier

During the separation stage of the baseball swing, you should feel as if you are in your most powerful stance before the violent assault happens on the baseball. Separation (stage 3) is the portion of the baseball swing mechanics when we stride and separate the movement of our hands from our stride foot in order to create torque, in a strong balanced launch position. Read Article
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You Can't Teach Instinct
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

I was watching a college basketball game on television and saw a player make a play that did not warrant any ‘oohs” and “aahs” from the commentators, and it was not shown on replay or on any highlight shows the next day.  Read Article

The 4 Biggest Problems in Youth Sports Today
By John O'Sullivan

When you run an organization such as the Changing the Game Project, you hear many youth sports stories from parents, coaches, and players. Some stories are absolutely heartbreaking, others inspiring.
Recently I encountered the absurd.  Read Article