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Coach's Box - May 2006

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 Volume I, No. 5

May 2006 

Ask Harold...
Harold Reynolds

See it and hit it !

You have often heard coaches tell you to, “Keep your eye on the ball.” Obviously, you can’t physically place your eye on the ball, so what does this phrase mean?  
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Little League Softball Day a Big Hit at Colleges
By Laurie Williams
Children of all ages and sports at one point in their athletic careers dream of what it would be like to be a professional athlete.

Basketball players have the NBA and the WNBA. Football players have the NFL. Baseball players have MLB.

On the other hand, youth softball players have limited access to what it really means to participate in the game of softball at an elite level. While there are professional leagues and Olympic-level play, the exposure of these events is extremely season-oriented, and it cannot possibly compare to the exposure of other sports.

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The Little League Coaches Registry -
Better Coaches -  Better Games - Better Leagues

By Scott Miller
Managers and coaches are among the most important volunteers in the Little League program. They have to know the game and they have to love working with kids. Leagues with knowledgeable, caring and concerned coaches have an advantage when it comes to making the games fun and retaining players.
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Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coaching Tip: 
Coaching in Blow Out Games                                             
By Jim Thompson

Little League coaches inevitably are involved in blowout games. They are a big frustration for players, coaches, managers and parents. The losing team likely will not enjoy the game, and even the winning team loses the mental and physical challenges of a closely contested game. Generally, blowouts lack the environmental energy that makes our game so fun and exciting.   
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Keep all of your players active, involved & feeling a part of the team on game day even when they are not in the line-up
by al and AL  (Al Herback and Al Price)


Coaches across Little League face the same challenge every game day; how do I keep my players involved and feeling an important part of the team when they are not in the line-up? 

First of all, as a Little League coach, your goal should be to find a way to get every player on your team a complete game every other game during the little league season. 
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Sacrifice Bunting
By Michele Smith

Sacrifice Bunting is a very important skill in fast pitch softball.  In fact, teams that move runners with great execution are often more successful than teams that do not execute the sacrifice bunt.  When a runner is on first base, in order to score her from that position it takes two or three base hits.  When a runner is in scoring position, it takes just a base hit, or most two at the most, to get her across the plate.  There are many ways to move runners, and the sacrifice bunt is just one of those ways.  Let’s take a little bit of time and talk about a style of bunting that will make your team more successful. 
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Behind the Plate with Andy
By Andy Konyar

Ever have an opponent's base runner miss a base and you know the umpire saw it, but you were not sure how to get your defense to make a proper appeal? 
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