Volume 9, Issue 2
February, 2016
Greetings from CoachDeck!

What can you do to ensure that your coaches run the most fun and exciting practices they can? Don't expect that they'll go online and do research! Do provide them with a CoachDeck so they always have 52 drills that can be made into games at their fingertips!

In this issue:
Larry Cicchiello is back and what he has to say about getting players' arms ready for the season is invaluable. Brian Gotta wonders how early leagues should be assigning players to levels based on ability. And John O'Sullivan offers tremendous advice for coaches who want to do what is best for their players, but who feel the pressure to win.

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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How to Greatly Benefit from Long Toss
By Larry Cicchiello

The "long toss" is simply a throwing session where you start out fairly close to your throwing partner, then gradually increase the distance between the two of you. You finish the drill by then gradually decreasing the distance until you are back to the distance you originally started from. Read Article
Let Them Play "Up", Not "Down"
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

Recently I came across a Little League website and looked over their rules and guidelines page. This particular league has decided to have tryouts for seven year-olds who want to play “up” in the Machine-Pitch division and for eight year-olds who want to play “up” in Kid-Pitch. This line caught my eye:​ Read Article

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Is Losing Stressing You Out? Try This Mindset to Fix It!
By John O'Sullivan

As a young coach, I was convinced that there were only two possible outcomes to a game, winning or losing. Of course, losing was to be avoided at all costs, even if that meant not playing weaker players, benching under-performers, criticizing referees, you name it. Read Article