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Coach's Box - May

 Volume 4, No. 5  

May 2009 


National Pro Fastpitch Story

When Training a Catcher Think of Building a Wall


Catcher is possibly the hardest position on the field to play because so much is required, and all of it is performed from a very awkward starting position, the squat.

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Little League Baseball Camp Discount Offers Instruction at an Even Better Price
By Communications Division

Little League Camp Logo This year the opportunity to attend overnight camp in Williamsport, Pa., Bristol, Conn., and Hillsgrove, Pa., can save parents money with a $25 discount through the Refer-a-Friend program.

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Bringing Balance to the Mound
By Dave Miramontes and Rich Taylor, MVP Band

MVP PowerBandIn any sport, and especially baseball, the development of fine and gross motor skills plays a significant role in one’s ability to bat, field, catch, and when the time comes, pitch. As a coach or parent, we must understand that the development of these skills comes at different times for all players, but they can be improved through practice and repetition. One skill that can always be improved upon and plays a critical role in almost all activities is balance.

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2009 NSTEP Slogan Contest
By Communications Division

LLB Corporate LogoOral Health America’s National Spit Tobacco Education Program (NSTEP) and Little League International are pleased to announce the 2009 NSTEP Slogan Contest on the health consequences of using spit tobacco.


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Tips for a Top-Notch Tournament Team Experience
By David Jacobson, Positive Coaching Alliance

PCALogoTournament team selection and competition is a highlight of the Little League season for many players. But not everyone makes the team, and even those who do make the team face some new circumstances and pressures. Here are three specific considerations coaches can make ahead of time to help players through the challenges they may meet around tournament team selection and play.

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Team Bonding: Building Your Best Team
By Michele Smith

MicheleSmith1Great teams win championships. Great athletes can contribute to winning championships, but they cannot win them on their own. Team atmosphere and team relationships are very important to the overall success of your program. That is why I have decided to write on Team Bonding. Managing your athletes, or getting them to be the best team possible, is just as important as teaching them all the right skills to use on the field.

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Coachable Moments: The Lessons Learned are Always More Important than the Final Score
By Jamie Joy, Manager of Operations

Jamie JoySo much is placed on winning and being the best, that when coachable moments happen often the result is a missed opportunity. Such moments pop up at different times … close games, blow outs and when your mind tells you to do something else.


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Tournament Season is a Whole New Ballgame
By Little League Operations Department

First BaseTournament season is a whole new ballgame. Most tournament managers, coaches and umpires are doing things they were not expected to do during the regular season. Here are few tips for the managers and coaches out there for tournament season.

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