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Coach's Box - June 2007

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 Volume 2 No. 4  

June 2007 

Have a Good Drill?

This month we are posting our first favorite drill. The intent is to share some of the most popular drills being used.

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The Experts Speak...

During the 2007 Little League International Congress in Houston, Texas, Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Glenn Fleisig made an hour-long presentation that addressed pitching injuries, pitching mechanics and recommendations for future concerns surrounding overuse pitching injuries.


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Drill of the Month Winner – The Star Drill

 Thank you to Jim Valenta of Skokie, Ill., for his submission of the “Star Drill” for the Drill of the month contest.

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Get a Grip: Proper Mechanics Can Be the Difference Between a Thrower and a Pitcher

By Nicholas Caringi

Most effective pitchers have three things in common; working fast, throwing strikes and changing speeds. To be effective, a pitcher must learn to keep hitters off balance. After all, hitting requires good timing on the part of the batter. The pitcher’s main task should be to disrupt the hitter’s timing. A good fastball and change-up, gives the pitcher an added edge on the hitter.

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Advice on Injured Players

By Jim Thompson

Player injuries are an unfortunate, but inevitable part of youth sports. However, like so many other aspects of sports, injuries provide what PCA calls “teachable moments”-- opportunities to use misfortune or adversity to teach life lessons and cultivate character.

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Team Bonding: Building Your Best Team
By Michele Smith

Great teams win Championships. Great athletes can contribute to winning championships, but they cannot win them on their own. Team atmosphere and team relationships are very important to the overall success of your program. That is why I have decided to write on Team Bonding. Managing your athletes, or getting them to be the best team possible, is just as important as teaching them all the right skills to use on the field.

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Behind the Plate with Andy
By Andy Konyar

Tournament season is a whole new ballgame. Most tournament managers, coaches and umpires are doing things they were not expected to do during the regular season. Here are few tips for the managers and coaches out there for tournament season.

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How to Provide Individual Instruction Without Slowing Down Your Practice
by al and AL

One of the challenges Little League coaches face is to try to run high-energy, fun practices, and still set time aside to work with each individual player on your team. Parents and players want both to happen, but this is difficult to do, especially when you are running the practice on your own. Here is how I approach the challenge.

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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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