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Baseball & Softball
Volume 6 Issue 7
July 2013

In This Issue
Fear Not a Factor
Letter From a Player to Coach
Fielding Fundamentals
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In this issue: New contributor Stanley Popovich's article, "Do Not Let Fear Be a Factor in Your Sport" is a brilliant read. Brian Gotta follows up his "Letter from a Volunteer Coach" article which went viral with a Letter from a Player to a Volunteer Coach. And Olan Suddeth is back with a fantastic guide to teaching your players proper techniques for fielding a ground ball.

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Do Not Let Fear Be a Factor in Your Sport Stan Popovich

By Stanley Popovich

Sometimes, fear and anxiety can get the best of us in sports. The key is to know how to manage that fear and anxiety. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that an athlete can use to help manage their fears and every day anxieties. Read Article

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Brian Gotta

Letter From a Player to a Volunteer Coach

By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

Dear Coach,

Thank you for coaching my team this season. I hope you can pick me again next year, because I had so much fun. I thought I'd tell you some of my favorite things about you being my coach. Read Article

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Olan Suddeth
Fielding Fundamentals - The Ground Ball

by Olan Suddeth

Chances are that you've seen a variation on the following at a youth practice: The coach lines his players up, hits the ball to them, and the ones with some existing skill or innate talent do a good job... while the new player or the less talented athlete struggles. The coach tells them to "get in front of the ball," to "get their glove down," and to "keep the ball in front of them." And that's about the extent of it.
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