Volume 12, Issue 7
July, 2019
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Did you know thousands of leagues use CoachDeck, making it the most popular training tool/coach appreciation gift in North America? As you plan for the 2020 season, plan to join our list of satisfied clients who know that fun and instructional practices are what makes more kids come back to play again.

In this issue: Dave Holt provides expert advice for how to coach young players out of their natural fear of being hit by a pitch. Brian Gotta suggests a way to help your young athletes improve, which doesn't involve leaving the house. And John Rosemond has some advice for parents struggling with the friends their teens choose.

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How to Hit Without Fear
By Dave Holt

Not too many top hitters really look forward to getting hit by a pitch. A high velocity four-seam fastball is going to hurt if it hits you. The successful, top hitters are able to keep the fear of the pitch from affecting their hitting skills. Read Article
Watch and Learn
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

Those of you who read my columns know I'm not a big proponent of having kids stay inside and watch screens. There is no question in my and most experts' minds that the increased amount of time kids of this era are exposed to phones, tablets, games, computers and televisions has a detrimental effect on their physical and mental well-being. However, there is one type of screen activity I do recommend. Read Article
Take a Wait-and-See Attitude With Teen Friend's Choice
By John Rosemond

Our 14-year-old (he’s going into the ninth grade at a public high school) has taken up with a bunch of kids that we don’t exactly approve of. We haven’t seen any dramatic change in our son’s behavior, but he has become more secretive and has told us he doesn’t want to play sports anymore.  Read Article