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Coach's Box - January

Volume 7, No. 1 - January 2012

Coach Expectations

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Hitting: The Mental Side, Part 2

By Matt Schilling, Baseball Factory

Little Leaguers work extremely hard on their hitting and their swings. They put a lot of time and effort into the mechanical side of hitting, however very few young hitters work at the mental aspects of hitting or even understand what having a hitting "approach" is all about.

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Use a Winner's Circle to Keep Players' Attention in the Dugout

By David Jacobson, Positive Coaching Alliance

One of the best tools in the Positive Coaching Alliance toolbox is the Winner's Circle. That's the time after the game – win or lose on the scoreboard – that coaches and players gather to share the truthful, specific praise that fills players' Emotional Tanks.

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Softball Video of the Month

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Using PowerChalk

By Matt West, PowerChalk

The winter is a time when rust can creep into your swings and pitches. One way to combat the winter decline is to use the video analysis tools at LittleLeagueConnect.org. Register a free account and upload videos of your child or players in order to analyze and share them without loading any software on your machine. You can also see videos that have been analyzed by other coaches. Perhaps you'll find the missing ingredient for that player of yours.

Coaching Players of a Wide Range of Skill Levels

By David Jacobson, Positive Coaching Alliance

Chances are the players on your team exhibit a wide range of skill levels. That can be frustrating for you and for the players as you strive to strike a balance between engaging the most-skilled players while not advancing too quickly for players who need more help and instruction.

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Explaining the Definition and Applications of the "Balk" Call

By Mike Messick, World Series Umpire

Just the mention of the word, "Balk" sends shivers up and down the spine of pitchers, managers and even some umpires. This is usually a result of not understanding the rule on balks; misinformation concerning balks, or just plain fear, because they do not understand what is, and what is not, a balk.

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