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Baseball & Softball
Volume 7 Issue 9
September 2014

In This Issue
Importance of Play
Letter to Derek Jeter
Off Season Workout
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In this issue: New contributor, Alan Jaeger's first of two parts on off season workouts is terrific for baseball and softball players in all climates. Brian Gotta writes an open letter of gratitude to Derek Jeter upon his retirement. And John O'Sullivan is back with part one of a two part article on why we should focus kids on "playing" a sport rather than "working" on it.

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The Incredibly Massive Importance of Play

By John O'Sullivan

Let me be blunt and scream this from the rooftop: the best athletes PLAY sports. They don't work them, they play them. When sport becomes more work than play, athletes struggle, they grind, and if they cannot get back to playing instead of working, they eventually drop out. From youth to pros, when the fun goes, soon to follow is performance. Read Article

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Thank You Derek Jeter

By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

With the close of the 2014 Major League Baseball regular season came the final chapter in one of the greatest stories in the modern sports era when longtime New York Yankee Derek Jeter stepped off the field for the final time. He leaves a hole in baseball, American sports, and our national fabric that won't soon be filled. If I could write a letter to him to thank him for what he has meant to me, my children and all sports fans, here's what I'd say: Read Article

Off Season Workout

by Alan Jaeger, Founder of Jaeger Sports

Born and raised in sunny, southern California, you might wonder why I feel a need to write an article about a throwing program for inclement weather. Well, the truth be told is that this question has come up a great deal in the past few years. Coaches and players are beginning to realize that being confined to a limited space, indoors, for an extended period of time in the Fall/Winter months (3-5 months in some states) can significantly limit the conditioning and development of the arm. Read Article

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