Volume 10, Issue 1
January, 2017
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Why do our clients tell us CoachDeck is superior to any manual or online resource? Because volunteer coaches don't have spare time to "study". In the time it takes players to get to the field from their parents' cars, a coach with a CoachDeck can have a great practice ready to go. And it's more fun, to boot!

In this issue:
In the fourth installment in Doug Bernier's brilliant dialogue on the hitting process he discusses the importance of weight shift. Are you taking your volunteer coaches for granted? Brian Gotta offers some easy tips to make them feel appreciated. And new contributor, Craig Sigl provides us with outstanding insight on building confidence in our young athletes.

Here is some tremendous information for parents and coaches from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) regarding concussions in youth sports. Please share!

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Weight Shift (Part 4 of 5)
By Doug Bernier

Stage 4 of sound baseball swing fundamentals is the weight shift, which will create a rubber band like torque action for your hands and will propel them into the zone as fast as possible.Read Article
Make Them Feel Appreciated
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

In any relationship – marriage, employee/employer, coach to player – we know the personal dynamic suffers if either party is made to feel unappreciated or neglected. So why do so many leagues virtually ignore their volunteer coaches, and then complain each season that it is difficult to get anyone to be a coach? Here are some tips to make your coaches feel appreciated. Read Article

Ten Strategies to Build Unstoppable Confidence in Youth Athletes - Part 1
By Craig Sigl

Over the years, probably the 2nd most common issue parents bring their kids to me for is “lack of confidence” or “inconsistent confidence.” There are many specific, actionable steps parents and coaches can take to help their kids in this area that I will share with you in this and coming articles: Read Article
Take Your Team's Dugout to the  Next Level
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