Volume 8, Issue 1
January, 2015
Greetings from CoachDeck!

Getting ready for another season on the diamond? Make sure all of your coaches are equipped with their handy CoachDeck so that practices will be fun and meaningful all year long!

In this issue:
Olan Suddeth is back with some great thoughts about the perils of putting extra pressure on players. Brian Gotta has ten (or so) New Year's resolutions for youth coaches. Another article that should be required reading for coaches about to embark on a new season is John O'Sullivan's tremendous piece below.

Don't get caught midway through the season unprepared! Here is a checklist of items your league will want to consider BEFORE Opening Day.

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Play the Ball, Not the Other Team
By Olan Suddeth

Raise your hand if you have ever uttered one of the following phrases in a close or important game: "This is it... it's do or die time!" "The game is on the line!" "We win now, or we go home." "We've got to have some runs now!" "Jimmy, we've got to have an out right here."  Now, the rest of you liars raise your hands. Read Article
Youth Coach's New Year's Resolutions
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

Soon, spring seasons will be starting up all over the nation. Kids will be joining new teams, parents will be volunteering, (or being volunteered) to coach them. Whether you're a wizened old veteran or it is your first time, here are some New Year's coaching resolutions to consider. Read Article

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Not a Job, But a Calling
By John O'Sullivan 

So they call you Coach, huh? Have you ever stopped to consider what that means? You have taken on one of the most beautiful, powerful, and influential positions a person can ever have. Some people may call it a job, and others a profession, but in reality, being a great coach is not that at all. It is so much more than that. Read Article
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