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Issue 3 Volume 3
March 2010
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The Art of Bunting
Boosting Confidence
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Spring is here! Time to play ball! We have some great tips on teaching bunting to youngsters as well as an article written by Brian Gotta about a special little girl who came a long way. And our regular contributor, Dr. Patrick Cohn, shares some advice on boosting the confidence of your young athletes.

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Teaching the Art of Bunting - The SacrificeBryan Sidensol
by Bryan Sidensol, owner of Hitting World
Bunting is an often overlooked, yet vital skill for the complete hitter. Proper execution of this skill can be critical to a team's success. Advancing runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt makes a world of difference in a tight ballgame. The bottom line is that teams that execute the bunt properly will win more of those close 1-run or 2-run games. Read Article
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Improve Your Pitchers' Performances!
Already tracking pitches? Turn that data into meaningful information. Using More than ERA™ to evaluate your pitchers performance will give you valuable information that you can use to work with them on the performance aspects of playing baseball. Helps you to help them in developing a better mental approach, spot game situations where they need to improve and have a game plan when they go to the mound. Learn More
Brian Gotta Zoe
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

I have three boys and a girl, in that order. After coaching boys baseball for ten years, adjusting to little girls softball was, well, an adjustment. My daughter played pretty hard, and was not too afraid of getting hurt, but one little girl, Zoe, taught me some of the most wonderful lessons of my coaching career. Read Article
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Parents' Role in Boosting Kids' Confidence Dr. Cohn
By Dr. Patrick Cohn

I grew up in a sports-crazed family with five kids.Thirty years ago, when I played football, hockey, golf, and lacrosse year round, our dad was an enthusiastic sports parent. He often impeached us to play harder and live up to our abilities. He was quick to express his frustration with referees and coaches.
Our dad was so into our games, he couldn't restrain himself. That was both good and bad for the five of us. We liked all the attention, but often felt pressured to perform better - and better!
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