Volume 7, Issue 12
December, 2014
Happy Holidays from CoachDeck!

Best wishes for a happy holiday season and safe and prosperous New Year from all of us here at CoachDeck. We hope 2015 is your best ever!

In this issue:
Part two of Alan Jaeger's, Mound Management is a terrific read for softball and baseball pitchers and coaches. Brian Gotta writes that when it comes to choosing the type of league your child plays in, buyer beware. And if you thought that youth sports must choose between being fun or being competitive, you'll want to read John O'Sullivan's insightful article.

Planning for the new season? Here is a checklist of items your league will want to consider BEFORE Opening Day.

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Mound Management (Part 2)
By Alan Jaeger

From my experience of working with pitchers over the years I have found that the characteristics of their Process tends to be very similar.  For example, in the previous section, where we defined the Process with four checkpoints -- 1) Deep Breath, 2) Look for Focal Point, 3) Mechanical Cue, and 4) Commitment to Focal Point -- I have found that most pitchers eventually identify with a similar approach. Read Article

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You Get What You Pay For
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

I received two emails in the same week that were related. The first was from a parent who was seeking advice on how to handle her daughter's first-ever team sport experience in which the coaches only cared about winning and didn't let everyone play. The second was from a coach who was removed from his soccer team for focusing more on player development than winning. In both cases, I had a similar response: Read Article

FUN is NOT a 4-letter Word!
By John O'Sullivan 

When I was a kid, my parents taught me to avoid those bad four letter words we all have heard. You know the ones I mean, the ones that you would first hear in school and then think it was OK to use them at home, until you saw that look on dad’s face! My siblings and I learned pretty quickly that some four letter words were bad, and to be avoided at all times. In youth sports these days, there is a new four letter word in the mind’s of some competitive sports folks. It is F-U-N. The mere thought that sports can be competitive AND fun makes some people shudder, but it should not. Read Article
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