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Baseball & Softball
Issue 3 Volume 8
August 2010
In This Issue
2 Steps to Blazing Fastball
Can We "Over-Coach?"
Proper Nutrition
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With fall ball, travel ball and the year-round planning it takes to run a youth baseball organization, we know there's really no off-season. But if there is ever a time to catch your breath, this is it!

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In this month's issue...
Dan Gazaway shares two secrets to throwing a faster fastball; Brian Gotta weighs in on the aspect of "over-coaching" in youth sports and Jodi Sheakley contributes an outstanding article which will make you a nutrition expert.
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Two Steps to Creating a Blazing FastballDan Gazaway
By Dan Gazaway, Owner & Founder of The Pitching Academy

When you are out working on pitching mechanics this off-season, take some time and work on your torque. It's the key to throwing deep into games as well as improved velocity. Read Article
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Brian GottaCan We "Over-Coach" Young Players?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

We've all heard complaints about coaches who don't do enough. ("He barely said a word all season! The kids didn't learn anything!") But is there a down side to coaches who coach too much? Is it possible that at the youth level we can do so much coaching we actually create an environment where players are not taught to think for themselves?
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Injury and Illness "Insurance" through Proper Nutrition

by Jodi Sheakley, MS, CFT

Student-athletes face additional challenges with back-to-school season, such as less sleep due to homework and extracurricular activities. So anytime we can introduce "two-for-one" deals that make their lives easier in any of their academics, sports, and other life arenas, we score a victory. A sound nutrition program helps provide that balance, since the same foods that contribute to your young athlete's athletic performance also build a healthy immune system - who wouldn't want that kind of win? Read more

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