Posted on October 21, 2016 by coachdeck
By Doug Bernier
Rhythm is part 1 of the baseball swing. It provides the relaxed readiness that is essential to a well-timed swing. Good rhythm allows for quick reactions that will have you making contact with the baseball more often.
(The baseball swing, Stage 1)
In every sport, before a quick action, relaxation and rhythm precedes your explosive move.
Example: When a tennis player is returning a serve, or a basketball player is defending in a one on one situation, each defender is relaxed and waiting to explode.
In other words, it’s is the movement that helps keep the hitter on his toes and ready, but loose and not rigid or tense.
Why rhythm is important: This idea is the same for hitting. Once you get into your stance, the slight movement in your hands and legs will help to keep you relaxed and under control. This helps us not get too stiff or mechanical when we start our swing.
The bottom line is…
You are quicker and more in control of your body if you have rhythm and are relaxed.
This means better bat speed, and better reactions and adjustments in the split seconds you have before contact.
Doug Bernier, founder of Pro Baseball Insider.com, debuted in the Major Leagues in 2008 with the Colorado Rockies, and has played professional baseball for 13 years. Most recently, Doug signed with the Minnesota Twins in 2013, where he logged time at every infield position except 1st base in 33 Major League games. Currently Doug is with the Twins’ AAA team in Rochester, NY
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Posted on October 19, 2016 by coachdeck
Whether you are a paid professional or a volunteer coach, bullying is something you may have to deal with. And the first step is awareness that it is happening. Here, from TruSport.org, are nine ways coaches can prevent bullying.
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Posted on October 18, 2016 by coachdeck
Leagues using CoachDeck tell us that not only do more coaches volunteer to return season after season because they felt like they did a more capable job of running practices, but because children better-enjoyed those fun and productive practices, more of them wanted to come back and play again the next year. If you’re interested in creating the healthiest and most dynamic league experience possible for your coaches and players, CoachDeck can help!
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Posted on October 17, 2016 by coachdeck
For the first time ever, USA Basketball and the National Basketball Association (NBA) have put out guidelines geared toward promoting proper participation levels in youth basketball. The announcement addresses the amount of playing time, rest and guidelines on specialization.
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Posted on October 14, 2016 by coachdeck
We asked for your input yesterday and we listened. We have a new advertiser coming to our OnDeck Newsletter! We welcome TeamBattingGloves.com! You won’t believe how excited we were to learn of this company that does custom batting gloves for high school, college, travel-ball and youth organizations. Imagine your team donning batting gloves embroidered with your logo, with your nickname stitched on the strap and in your team colors. These are top-of-the-line, craftsman-made gloves, but at a price that is incredible. Stay tuned for our upcoming issue for more!
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Posted on October 12, 2016 by coachdeck
Sometimes Wednesdays are called “hump day” because you feel like you can’t get over the hill and might just roll backward. Here is a quote to help you make it through:
“Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.” ― Samuel Johnson
Have a great and successful day!
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