Volume 8, Issue 9
September, 2015
Greetings from CoachDeck!

There is nothing volunteer coaches want or use more than a CoachDeck. Shuffle the deck and let players choose a card as a reward, fan out the cards for a fast overview of all 52 drills, or "stack the deck" by choosing a few cards in the dugout for an instant, fun and effective practice!

In this issue:
Former MLB player and World Champion, Mike Epstein brings us the second half of his terrific article on hitting technique. Brian Gotta addresses the phenomenon of online training for volunteer coaches. And, Dr. Darrell Burnett's second of a three-part series on the proper coach mind-set is great stuff for all volunteers.

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Throw Your Hands at the Ball?
By Mike Epstein

The hitter’s hands must work in front of his body for a number of reasons. One of the most important concerns the notion of staying “inside” the ball. However, another important reason is it allows the hitter’s bat to stay as close to 90º to the oncoming pitch as possible. Read Article
Why Won't Coaches Learn Online?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

It sounds so enticing...online coach training. Drills, streaming videos, quizzes, printable practice plans...everything a coach could ever need or want at his or her fingertips, just a high-speed internet connection away. Its a great theory, but one that fails to account for two things lacking in most volunteer coaches. Read Article

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Behavior Checklist for Youth Coaches
By Dr. Darrell Burnett

We all want what's best for the children we coach. But often times we may lose sight of what is most important to THEM, because we focus on what is important to US. In Part 2 of this piece, Dr. Burnett provides some tips to maintain perspective and focus. Read Article