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Baseball & Softball
Volume 5 Issue 9
September 2012

In This Issue
Are You Burned Out?
May We All Hear This
When to Teach the Curve
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In this issue: Wondering when a player is old enough to start throwing curves? Longtime contributor Dan Gazaway's article sheds light on this controversial topic. Brian Gotta shares a story from a coach who will always remember a player's two simple words. And Dr. Alan Goldberg examines signs of burn out in young athletes.

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Are You Burned Out? Dr. Goldberg

By Dr. Alan Goldberg

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Brian Gotta

May We All Hear This

By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

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Dan Gazaway

When Should You Teach the Curveball?
by Dan Gazaway

This has been a debatable topic for many years now and there are many theories as to when a youth pitcher should learn how to throw a curveball. The fact is that there is no magical age to start teaching the pitch. Here is my take on youth pitchers who learn how to throw a curveball. Read Article

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