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On Deck 
Issue 1 Volume 1 April 2008
In This Issue
Tips for Teaching Hitting to Youngsters
Five Safety Rules Every Coach Should Follow
Why Kids Play Sports - And Why They Quit
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We have a lot in common. Through your involvement in youth sports, you've made a difference in hundreds of kids' lives. It is CoachDeck's mission to help volunteer coaches everywhere make a difference too - by providing the tools that will enable them to create a fun and positive experience for the kids who call them "Coach." In addition to our extremely popular deck of 52 drill cards, we aim to offer a full array of information and products that will enrich the youth recreational sports community. And this first issue of On Deck, our free, informative, monthly newsletter, is one more step in that direction. We hope you enjoy it and ask that you share it with other coaches in your league.
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Coach Chris McKnight Tips for Teaching Hitting to Youngsters 
By Coach Chris McKnight

As a former college coach for 19 years, I have had the opportunity to observe many young hitters at various stages of development. During this time, a couple of key points always stood out when working with this age group and I would like to share them with you. Read Article
 Brian GottaFive Safety Rules Every Coach Should Follow 
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

When recruiting managers to coach T-ball one season I joked with several of them who were asking about the level of commitment required, that their main job was to make sure no one got hit with a bat. Though said tongue-in-cheek, there was a serious underlying meaning. Read Article 
Dr. Apache Why Kids Play Sports - And Why They Quit 
By Dr. RR Goyakla Apache, Ph.D.

Over 35% of the millions of children who play youth sports quit after the first year of competition. 85% of the children who continue to play dropped out of organized sports all together between the ages of 10 and 17. Why are children quitting youth sports? Read Article

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