OnDeck
Baseball/Softball
 
 
 
 
Volume 8, Issue 10
 
 
 
 
October, 2015
 
 
 
 
Greetings from CoachDeck!

We all know coaches will not go online in their spare time to watch videos and download practice plans. They won't read coaching manuals. They need something fast, portable, fun and easy to understand that they can use on the field, on the fly. They need a CoachDeck!

In this issue:
We bring you the first of a series of articles by former MLB player and World Champion, Mike Epstein on the topic of two-strike hitting. Brian Gotta wonders if it is OK to force kids to play sports. And, Dr. Darrell Burnett's final installment on the proper mindset for youth coaches comes with a checklist we should all reference often.


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Two Strike Execution
By Mike Epstein

The ability to "put the ball in play" when hitters’ backs are against the proverbial "wall" has tormented many from baseball’s earliest days. In this article, I’ll present some ideas that can bring both players and coaches to a better understanding when dealing with this vital part of the hitting game.​ Read Article
 
 
 
 
 
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Let Them Do What They Want?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

I have read recent interviews with parents and parents-to-be who say they are not going to force their kids to play sports. The sentiment is that some parents are so over-the-top, so hungry to live vicariously through their children to regain their own unrealized glory that they'll drive their offspring into an unwelcome world of competition and duress. Read Article

 
 
 
 
 
Behavior Checklist for Youth Coaches
By Dr. Darrell Burnett

Fun is the major motivator for kids in sports. In survey after survey, whenever youngsters are asked why they play sports, the number one reason is always the same - to have fun. (NOTE: Printable checklist included) ​ Read Article