OnDeck
Baseball/Softball
 
 
 
 
Volume 11, Issue 4
 
 
 
 
April, 2018
 
 
 
 
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Imagine allowing the first player to arrive to choose a card off a deck of 52 fun drills that can all be made into games, and having that drill lead off your practice. The fun ideas you'll come up with are endless when you have a CoachDeck!

In this issue: Doug Bernier returns with a simple, yet detailed tutorial on fielding a routine ground ball. Every coach needs to read this! Brian Gotta wonders if what's missing in the new youth sports trend won't have negative, long-term consequences for kids and society. With lines like, "Do not try to “Motivate” players. Instead, trigger their highest self motivation", you'll want to continue reading Craig Sigl's coach communication series.


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How to Field a Routine Ground Ball
By Doug Bernier

Whether you’re starting from scratch or fine-tuning your approach, this article will teach you how to field a routine ground ball like a Major League baseball player. Read Article
 
 
 
 
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Me First or Team First?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

All four of my kids played recreational sports while also playing on club teams. That dynamic continued through high school. There were clearly pluses and minuses to both. But as youth sports trends toward more involvement in travel leagues, there is one important factor to consider. Read Article
 
 
 
 
Coach Communication (Part 4)
By Craig Sigl

Listen to your players at a deeper level. Let’s put on the table a few human communication tendencies that will be beneficial for you to be aware of for the purpose of improved performance through better communication as a coach. Read Article