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Coach's Box - November

Volume 4, No. 8 - November 2009

Catching: Back to the Basics with Megan Willis

Drill: Teaching your catcher to track the ball in and let it hit them.

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Little League "Double Goal" Coach Course

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Hitting Drills - Toss Drills

By Scott Grove, Little League Baseball Camp

This month I have included two hitting drills that are taught at Little League Baseball Camp. These drills are perfect for helping the hitter develop concentration and timing. Both of the drills require a partner/ coach to do the tossing. Make sure to have an “L” screen to do the Top/Bottom Drill.

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How Little League Double-Goal Coaching® Helped Win a World Championship

By David Jacobson, Positive Coaching Alliance

It was more than just talent that helped Houston’s West University Little League win the 2009 Little League Senior League Baseball World Series. One of the keys was the coaching approach of Manager Trey Cornelius, who had never coached a sport before...

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Coaching is More Than the Box Score

By Jamie Joy, Manager of Operations

With so many people focused on winning, coaching sometimes takes a back seat. People are too concerned with winning and losing, but what we are losing is kids because they aren’t getting what they need – leadership training and role models.


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Hitting Fastpitch Softball

By Michele Smith, Olympic Gold Medalist

Most players and coaches know me as a pitcher, but I am also a pretty decent hitter … if I do say so myself! During my career I was the top hitter in the Japan Pro League many times and know full well how important good hitting can be for a successful season. So, this month I decided to point out some keys to becoming a good hitter.


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Nominate Coaches for Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach® Award Presented by Liberty Mutual

By Positive Coaching Alliance

Little League coaches are among the most important and influential people in the lives of children. The best coaches spend countless hours preparing their teams to win while teaching life lessons through baseball and softball.

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You Make the Call …

By Little League Operations Department

MYTH #1 - “On a throw to home plate, the catcher is blocking the base path before he/she caught the ball. Call Interference!”


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4th Annual Bank of America Orange County Challenger Classic to be Hosted at Angel Stadium

When: Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Fourth Annual Bank of America Orange County Challenger Classic will be hosted at Angel Stadium on November 7, 2009. This event is sponsored by Bank of America and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Approximately 30 teams will participate in 2-inning one hour games played on the outfield grass of the stadium. Games will begin at 9:00, 11:00, and 1:00. Throughout the day, players will have an opportunity to meet with an Angels player, will receive a team photo, and the day will culminate with a “Challenger Classic” medal ceremony.

For more information about the Challenger Classic, please contact Sam Ranck, Director of the Challenger Division, at sranck@LittleLeague.org.


Michele Smith Softball Clinic

When: Saturday, December 5, 2009 - Beaverton, OR

Little League® and two-time Olympic Gold-medalist Michele Smith are teaming up to bring Little League Softball managers and coaches an EXCLUSIVE one-day clinic covering all aspects of the sport. Michele, one of the greatest players in the game’s history, will provide training tips, skills, drills and more, sharing with you the experience she’s gained from playing softball at the highest levels all over the world.

Download the Brochure for more information.

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