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Volume 4 Issue 11
November 2011

In This Issue
Functions Sports Play
Most Valuable Parent
Catcher's Target
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Happy Holidays from CoachDeck!

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It's hard to believe that sign-ups for the 2012 season are already underway in much of the country. As you're planning for the new campaign, don't forget about those hard-working volunteer coaches who would love to have a CoachDeck to make their practices more beneficial and fun.

In this issue: New contributor, Ryan Sienko provides some excellent tips for you to pass along to your catchers. You'll want to read Brian Gotta's article about Kathy, the type of sports parent you don't hear about often enough. And, continuing in our series on the impact of injury on athletes, Dr. Alan Goldberg discusses the functions sports serve in our lives.

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Functions Sports Play in Athlete's LifeDr. Goldberg

By Dr. Alan Goldberg

The second in a series examining what happens to athletes when they are injured. This installment covers the three major functions sports play in the lives of those individuals. Read More

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Brian Gotta

MVP - Most Valuable Parent

By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

Four years ago, my son was on his high school Freshman football team. At 4'11", 95 pounds, he was strictly a "fifth quarter" player. The fifth quarter was when all of the kids who hadn't gotten to play in the "real" game scrimmaged each other. The referees went home, so coaches came on the field and blew the whistles. The public address announcer packed up and the scoreboard was turned off. The parents of the starters were encouraged to watch and cheer, but most of them drifted out too, leaving the stands nearly vacant. But Kathy always stayed until the end. Read Article


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Ryan Sienko

Catcher's Target
by Ryan Sienko

Catchers are sometimes guilty of giving a target that doesn't help the pitcher out in any way. Pitchers trust us to call pitches, know hitters, give locations, and if we don't come through with that trust, we are not helping that pitcher, but hurting him. I can think of one instance when I gave a sign for a fastball middle inside to a right handed hitter. I gave the target and the pitcher pitched. Read Article

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