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Coach's Box - April

Volume 5, No. 3 - April 2010

April Softball Drill

Sara Thompson

This drill is designed to incorporate both passed ball techniques and conditioning for the catcher.

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Little League "Double Goal" Coach Course

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Phases of a Pitcher's Delivery

By LittleLeagueCoach.org

LittleLeagueCoach.org presents phases of a pitcher’s delivery as this month’s Coach’s tip.

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Noticing Progress: The Key to Keeping Kids in Youth Sports

By Darrell J. Burnett, Ph.D

Research in the 90’s (Jeziorski, 1994) indicated that kids who stay in sports tend to stay in school, get better grades, and show better behaviors. It makes sense, then, for us to know something about what it takes to motivate kids to keep playing sports once they've started.

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Little League Offers Multiple Weeks of Baseball Camps at Three Sites

By Communications Division

For any player who wants to improve their fundamentals while also developing new skills and sharing experiences with new friends, the Little League Baseball Camps provide that opportunity.

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Your Legacy as Coach: Excerpted from The Power of Double-Goal Coaching

By Jim Thompson, Founder and Executive Director of Positive Coaching Alliance

Coaches, both good and bad, matter. At their best they make a lifetime of difference. This begs a question worth considering: what impact will you have on the kids you coach?

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Pitching: How to Develop Mental Toughness During Practice

By Michele Smith, Olympic Softball Champion

How do pitchers develop mental toughness? How important is it for pitchers to be strong mentally? What exactly is mental toughness? In my opinion, mental toughness is the ability to stay calm, remain in the moment, be aware of the game around you and yet - at the same time - be in the “zone.” Another way of putting it is to be in total control of yourself and your abilities while performing at your highest level. When athletes are not mentally tough, they tend to under perform not only mentally, but emotionally and physically as well.

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You Make the Call …

By Little League Operations Department

1.Situation - Runner on first base…the batter hits a single into right field. The runner advances to third but misses second base on his/her way. The second baseman takes the throw from the right fielder and kicks the second base bag in disgust. IS THE RUNNER STANDING ON THIRD OUT FOR MISSING THE BASE?

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Challenger Jamborees Set to Begin in April

By Sam Ranck, Director of the Little League Challenger Division

Beginning in April, Challenger Jamborees will once again be held in many states throughout all regions of the United States. These Jamborees give Challenger Division players from across the country the opportunity to come together for a fun-filled event that includes several games against teams from other parts of the United States.

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