Volume 8, Issue 2
February, 2015
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Winter will end...we promise! And before you know it those kids will be back on the field, ready for another season. Make sure it's a great one by providing all of your volunteer coaches with the tool they need...their own CoachDeck!

In this issue:
Dan Gazaway returns with a terrific article about pitching velocity, but which pertains to all players from 10-18. Brian Gotta is recommending you not "work" on anything at your next practice. And John Ellsworth is back with great advice for players who might have difficulty dealing with competitive pressure.

If your league hasn't decided on all of these issues yet, here is a checklist of items to consider BEFORE Opening Day.

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Velocity Concerns Before and During Puberty
By Dan Gazaway

It’s been my experience, teaching many pitchers throughout the years, that velocity comes with maturity and when proper mechanics are incorporated in a pitcher’s delivery. Many coaches are concerned if their athlete is on the low end of the totem pole when it comes to hurling the heat. Read Article
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Play More Games
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

Where I live, in Southern California, youth sports spring seasons have already begun to ramp up. I observe preseason practices taking place and am amazed and saddened by the lack of spirit wherever I look. Drills are being run by well-meaning coaches and kids are doing what is asked of them, but no one seems to be having much fun. Here is an easy solution that can be adopted tomorrow by any coach who wants to: Read Article

Beating Fear of Failure
By John O'Sullivan 

Fear of failure is one of the many mental obstacles which can impact athletic performance. It is characterized by the following: An avoidance of risks. (E.g. plays conservatively, tries to protect score, etc.)... Read Article
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