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Baseball & Softball
Volume 4 Issue 1
January 2011

In This Issue
What Kind of Hitter Are You?
Does Playing Sports Equal Success in Life?
Invisible Opponent
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Opening Days are just around the corner and there's so much to do. Don't forget those volunteer coaches who make your league possible. CoachDeck is a perfect "thank-you" gift and delightful training tool all in one!

Are Your Important League Policies in Writing?
Too often we're so busy making sure we have fields, uniforms and equipment to play ball, we forget to lay out ground rules on things like league championships, all-stars, draft procedures and more. Here are a few items that might be worth discussing before the season kicks off.

In this month's issue:
Chance Reynolds contributes a terrific article explaining the three types of hitters in baseball. Brian Gotta writes about the correlation between playing sports and success in life. And Jodi Sheakley's article on nutrition is a must-read for any parent.

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What Kind of Hitter Are You? Chance Reynolds
By Chance Reynolds, Former Professional Baseball Player

One way to help your players have a very successful season this year is by taking a moment to ask them, "What type of hitter do you think you are?" Most young hitters have never slowed down long enough to consider such a thought. Typically, they run from hitting lessons to practice to games, with no consideration to the gifts they have blessed with and strengths they may have. Read Article
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Brian Gotta

Does Playing Sports Translate to More Success in Life?

By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck
It is something we hear repeatedly as an adage describing the value of youth sports: "Life Lessons." I've written the words myself on numerous occasions. It would be difficult to imagine anyone reading this article who did not believe that the positives derived from kids playing sports far outweigh any negatives. But does playing sports as a child, and into adolescence and beyond, make it more likely we'll succeed in life? And if so, why? Read Article

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Facing Off Against an Invisible Opponent

by Jodi Sheakley, MS, CFT

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