Volume 8, Issue 7
July, 2015
Greetings from CoachDeck!

If your league runs a fall ball program why not consider CoachDeck as a gift to your volunteer coaches? Many fall ball coaches are new and even first-time volunteers who can use a little assistance. CoachDeck is an inexpensive way to give them the help and appreciation they deserve.

In this issue:
Larry Cicchiello provides some great tips on hitting that are basic enough to teach to all levels. Brian Gotta wonders if maybe we shouldn't all work more as a team in youth sports. And, if you only read one article on parenting your young athletes this year, it needs to be John O'Sullivan's How to Raise a Lion Chaser below. You'll be so glad you did.

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Overcome Two Very Common Baseball Hitting Problems!
By Larry Cicchiello

Getting tension out of your swing is a big deal. Here is why and how. And have you ever heard someone say, "level swing"? Great hitters don't swing level. Read these tips to improve your swing. Read Article
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What Are We Doing to Our Volunteers?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

Last month's issue of OnDeck seems to have struck a few nerves. Larry Cicchiello's article written by an umpire who listened to a coach berate him after a close call brought a response from an individual who has been volunteering to umpire youth baseball games for years.  His story will make you shake your head at the state of youth sports. Read Article

How to Raise a Lion Chaser!
By John O’Sullivan

“Coach, I don’t want to take a penalty shot,” said a very nervous 13 year-old player of mine a few years back. “I’ll take it,” said her teammate Rachel, with a look of determination on her face. I smiled. The player who backed out of shooting was a great player, but not always for the big occasion. Her teammate who volunteered was also very good, but I smiled because she had actually MISSED the deciding penalty kick a year earlier at the same stage of the competition. Yet here she was, unfazed. Of course I let her take the kick (and if you want to know what happened, read on). Read Article