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Baseball/Softball
 
 
 
 
Volume 11, Issue 5
 
 
 
 
May, 2018
 
 
 
 
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Beat 'em Home. Caps No Caps. 0-2 Drill. Outfield Fly-By. Two Team Slide. These are just a few of the fun and exciting drills which can be made into games in our handy pack of cards. Fifty-two in all. Your coaches will love them and so will their players!

In this issue: Those relay plays from the outfield into bases can make or break a game. Doug Bernier tells us how it's done. Brian Gotta tackles the most daunting issue facing youth sports with his first installment in a multi-part series. And Craig Sigl continues his brilliant piece on coach communication. Great tools you can use!


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3 Simple Tips for Instantly Faster Relays
By Doug Bernier

In baseball cutoffs and relays, split seconds can mean a HUGE momentum shift in the game. Get that out and now your team is energized. The game is shifting in your favor, and that attitude is contagious. It’s also contagious when that all out effort falls short and the runner is called safe.Read Article
 
 
 
 
Who is to Blame For the Decline in Youth Sports?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

In September of last year the Washington Post printed an article that should send shock waves through the youth sports community. In the past decade youth sports participation in “the big four”, baseball, football, soccer and basketball has fallen to under 37% of school age children. Why is this happening and is there anything we can do to reverse this trend?​​​​​​​ Read Article
 
 
 
 
Coach Communication (Part 5)
By Craig Sigl

I am forever asked questions that are along the lines of this pattern: “Craig, what can I do when (bad thing) happens?”
It is so much more efficient (and I’m an efficiency fanatic) to ask the question: “Craig, how can I stop (bad thing) from happening?”
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