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Issue 1 Volume 9 December 2008
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Evaluating a Catcher's Throw
Why Do Kids Quit Baseball?
Being a Good Sports Parent
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 Coach WeaverEvaluating a Catcher's Throw
by Coach Dave Weaver
 
A catcher's throw down to second base to nab a potential base stealer is in essence a 3-part skill that can be evaluated for strengths and weaknesses and improved. The three components are: (1) Ball Control and Release Efficiency, (2) In-flight Velocity, and (3) Accuracy. On average a catcher's success rate is just 25% and, at best, around 50%. Read Article
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 Brian GottaWhy Do Kids Quit Baseball for Other Sports? 
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

How do we explain kids who are still interested in sports, but just not baseball? Why do so many kids who love sports and love competition choose to channel those feelings in other directions? Read Article
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 Being a Good Sports Parent  Jane Weaver
By Jane Weaver, health editor and award-winning writer 

In March a brawl among parents of 9- and 10-year-old hockey players in upstate New York resulted in eight people facing misdemeanor charges and a father suffering a dislocated shoulder after being pushed off the bleachers. Read Article