Volume 12, Issue 3
March, 2019
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Play Ball! The spring thaw has those words echoing around North America as seasons get underway. And coaches using CoachDeck are sure to get the most out of their players by creating a fun and exciting experience.

In this issue: Mike Epstein returns with a three-part series on increasing a hitter's "Dead Red Zone." Great hitting instruction you can use all season long! Brian Gotta shares a technique he used after every game and practice to help his players learn. And we welcome Dr. Darrell Burnett back with a terrific series on what it takes to be an exceptional youth league coach.

Checklist of items for your league to address before the season begins. This handy checklist will save your board from many headaches down the road.

DON'T RUN A SAFETY CLINIC THIS SEASON! We know how difficult it is to herd everyone together in one place, and then, what do you cover? The SAFE Baseball/Softball online safety course allows every coach and manager to take the course on their own, for one low price. More comprehensive than any clinic!

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Increasing a Hitter's "Dead Red Zone"
By Mike Epsteint

While suspicion remains about his brawn, don't discount [Barry] Bonds' brain in pursuit of Hank Aaron's home run record,
Colorado Rockies' catcher Yorvit Torrealba recalled a conversation with Bonds as the two sat on the bench during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2003. Bonds predicted pitch-for-pitch how he would be attacked. A few moments later, Bonds was up to bat.  Read Article
What Did You Learn?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

When I began my career right out of college a man, Tony Arminio, who eventually became a mentor of mine used to run sales meetings and would conclude them by asking the group, “What helped you the most?” At first, I thought this question was slightly egotistical, as if he were looking for compliments. Later, when I was in his shoes I realized what a brilliant coaching tactic this was.   Read Article
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The Art of Being a Successful Youth League Coach
By Dr. Darrell Burnett

So you want to be a Youth League Manager or Coach! Congratulations, you’ve make the first step for a very influential role in the life of a youngster. There’s an art to being a manager or coach in the Youth Leagues. You have to be a combination teacher, parent, cheerleader, and counselor! Read Article