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Volume 5 Issue 7
July 2012

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7 Critical Ideas for Sports Parenting
How Big Should All-Star Rosters Be?
Cues for Hitting Success
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In this issue: New York Mets Hitting Coach Dave Hudgens has provided us with the first installment of a two-part article on cues and techniques to help hitters and their coaches. Brian Gotta's "How Big Should All-Star Rosters Be?" asks whether recreational all-star teams should include more or fewer players. And John Ellsworth's "Seven Critical Ideas in Sports Parenting" is food for thought for all parents of young athletes.

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Seven Critical Ideas in Sports ParentingJohn Ellsworth

By John R. Ellsworth M.A

In my research and more importantly in my practice I aspire to educate parents about parenting and sports. Some critical ideas I strive to communicate include... Read Article

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Brian Gotta

How Big Should All-Star Rosters Be?

By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck


When "all-star" tournaments roll around in recreational sports, there are usually two camps when it comes to choosing teams. Those who believe that the more kids who get to participate the better, and those who feel rosters should be whittled to the smallest number to create the most competitive teams.Read Article

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Dave Hudgens

Key Cues for Hitting Success (Part 1)
by Dave Hudgens, New York Mets Hitting Coach


The fireworks blasted from center field. No, it was not the fourth of July - the lead off hitter had just hit a rocket first pitch of the game for a home run. Second batter, first pitch, another home run, another brilliant fireworks display. Third batter, two pitches later, home run, off go the fireworks. The pitching coach takes a long, slow walk to the mound, looking like he has some words of wisdom to give his shell-shocked pitcher. Read Article

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