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Coach's Box - February

Positive Coaching Alliance Suggests Methods for Preventing Bullying and Hazing
Bullying, hazing or exclusion have no place in sports. Managers and coaches who create a positive culture know that teaching the youngest players how to prevent and avoid bullying will lay a great foundation for their future health and safety.

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Little League® Tee Ball Program Teaches Fun, Fitness and Fundamentals
The Little League® Tee Ball Program is focused on teaching the fundamentals of the game to kids in a fun and energetic environment. The free 10-week program aims to give young Little Leaguers® a positive introduction to the sport.

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Safely Building Up Arm Strength Begins with a Healthy Routine
A consistent warm-up routine is essential for maintaining a healthy throwing arm for an entire season. Stretching, running and controlled throwing from varied distances are all elements of a good warm-up program. Pitchers especially need to build up the muscles in the shoulder to lessen the risk of injury.

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Jen Schroeder Highlights the Proper Footwork for Softball Catchers
Jen Schroeder, former UCLA softball standout, introduces a SKLZ video highlighting the proper footwork for a catcher. This softball video and many other softball and baseball training videos are available for free through the Little League® Coach Resource Center.

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Coaches and Managers are Invited to Submit a Coaching Tip
Coaching is like a recipe. It has many ingredients to make the perfect dish. Each month The Coach’s Box will feature a drill presented from the field. Please submit your drills to coachtips@LittleLeague.org. If your drill is featured you will receive a “Little League Coach” tee shirt from Little League® International.

Hey! Blue – An Explanation of the Uncaught Third Strike
Understanding the uncaught third strike involves knowledge of several rules that cover the batter, base runners, the pitcher. Here is the definition and explanation that will make it easier to educate players on what to do when this situation occurs.

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