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Hitting When It Counts: At the End of the Game

Ever notice how some teams who play close games end up winning those games in the late innings at the plate. Good teams who are coached right and do the right things tend to win those close games late. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to teach your hitters on how to win the battle at the plate late. 1. The pitcher has to pitch to the batter. He is the one who ...

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Sideline Suggestions: 10 Things Kids Say They Don’t Want Their Parents to Do

Don't yell out instructions. During the game I'm trying to concentrate on what the coach says and working on what I've been practicing. It's easier for me to do my best if you save instructions and reminders for practice or just before the game.  Don't put down the officials. This embarrasses me and I sometimes wonder whether the official is going to be ...

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Tips For A Successful Tryout

I was recently asked by a friend for some tips about how his sons should approach their upcoming Little League tryouts. They wanted to know how to catch the coaches' eye. The obvious answer is to play well. But there are a few things they should do to insure an eye-catching performance. Understand that a tryout is not a social event. You are there to take ...

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Playing Well Under Pressure

The ability to play well under pressure is one of the most desired qualities for any athlete in any sport, and a player who can perform extremely well in practice but cannot duplicate that performance in a game will not be successful and will, in fact, be a very frustrated athlete. The first step in dealing with pressure is to recognize and accept the fact that ...

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A Checklist to Eliminate Mental Errors

The following is something I came up with for my Legion players so they could see just how much mental errors make a difference in a game. I have it on a clipboard and I put it up in the dugout by the gate so they will see it as they will go out on the field. Believe it or not, it has worked extremely well. They see this and become more focused the second they ...

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The Will to Overcome Self-Doubt

The term will, most often is used in outlining the desires of a person who has passed away and left this world. A will, in this form, is a legal document that will effect those people who are left behind and the distribution of property. When you think of a person's last will and testament, you relate to it with the finality that it will have. As a player and a ...

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The Power of Habit and Commitment

I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me, And I will be able to do them quickly and correctly. I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you ...

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The Batting Average Is Satan

Coach JP Says: A lot of guys know, understand and can teach a great swing…a vital part to maximizing your athlete. Dedicated players will take most of the swings they need to improve. The players who don’t are ultimately eliminated at some future point anyway, so to me a lot of batting practice is a given. This article and this perspective is different…an ...

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Bunt Young, Bunt Often

Bunting is a very big part of the game of baseball. And when a bunt is laid down the right way, it is very difficult to defend. I have always been big on bunting and feel it can be taught at a young age. There are basically two types of bunts: the square bunt and the pivot bunt. My preference is the pivot bunt because the players' just pivot and do not have to ...

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Batting Fundamentals

1.   Don't grip your bat at the very end. Leave, say, an inch or two. Also, leave at least an inch or more space between your hands; that gives you balance and control of bat, and also keeps hands from interfering with each other during the swing. 2.   Take position at plate, especially against right-hand pitchers,back of plate, and against a man with a real ...

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