Safe Baseball and Softball

We have some new and exciting news coming soon! We have aligned with a company that is going to ensure that your coaches run the safest possible baseball and softball practices and games. We are very concerned and passionate about youth baseball and softball safety and this relationship is one that we will proudly point to as a monumental accomplishment.

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CoachDeck for T-Ball?

We get asked once in a while if we do a version of CoachDeck for T-Ball. We tried to make CoachDeck comprehensive so it can be used by coaches from T-Ball all the way up to high school. Some of the drills in the deck are too advanced for T-Ball, but some, such as Cap Buttons are perfect for all ages. What we hear from leagues that give these to their youngest coaches is that at the beginning of the season the coaches can use a handful of the drills but that by the end of the season they’re using many more because the players have advanced so much.  In fact, we’ve seen “very similar” versions of some of our drills online being touted by a national organization as great T-Ball drills.

Quote for Friday

“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” – Kyle Chandler. Beat down some doors today and then have a great sports weekend!

January OnDeck Newsletter goes out tomorrow

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Can you believe we’re beginning our eleventh year of our OnDeck Newsletter? Our January edition is going to be a blockbuster. It goes out a week from today and you can subscribe here to have it delivered to your inbox, free!

How to use CoachDeck

CoachDeck was designed to be used in a variety of ways. If you are a coach that likes to plan your practices ahead, take some time to go through each card and think about the drills and how they fit your team. You can group cards together to form practice plans far in advance. Or if it is everything you can do to just get to practice on time, it’s perfect for that. While players are arriving, getting their arms loose, it takes less than a minute to crack open the deck, pull out three or four cards and “stack the deck” so you’re ready to go. Some coaches also like to reward a player by shuffling the deck and letting him choose the next drill.

Be sure to utilize the “Make it a Game TM” feature on every card because kids find drills to be boring, but love playing games and competing. Plus, turning each drill into an exciting competition prepares them for the real games coming up.

The cards are broken into four, color-coded categories, (hitting, infield, outfield and base running). Ideally, for a 90-minute practice, you could choose one card of each color and spend 20 minutes per drill. Another great feature of the deck-of-cards format is that you can use the cards to break the team into smaller groups and rotate through stations. Give an assistant an outfield card and have him take a group to the outfield. Give another assistant an infield card while you work on hitting with your own small group, etc. Be creative and have fun. There should never be a coach who has a CoachDeck who stands on the mound and just throws BP to one kid while the rest of the team wilts out in the field. The bottom line is that kids want to have fun. If they get into the car and their mom says, “How was practice?” and they say, “It was boring,” there is a good chance that kid won’t come back to play next season. If they say, “It was so fun!” that player will be back for the next practice and the next season. And above all else, your job as a coach, is to make sure every kid comes back to play again next year. Regardless of wins and losses, regardless of how many “fundamentals” you taught, if every player shows up at registration next year, you were a success. That is the thought process behind CoachDeck.

0-2 Drill

If you want a great baseball and softball hitting drill that is a tremendously fun game your team will love to play every practice, then roll out the 0-2 drill. It combines hitting, fielding and even a little base running into a terrific exercise in pitch selection. This and 51 other great, fun drills that can be made into games are found within CoachDeck, the coaching resource used by more coaches than any other in North America.