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Sacrifice Bunting

Sacrifice Bunting

Bunting is a part of the offensive game that is often referred to as small ball. For some players, bunting for a hit can be a part of their individual skill set that forces a defense to adjust positioning, and we’ll cover this skill later in the chapter. read more
Training the Swing

Training the Swing

The baseball swing is complex, to say the least. The swing is a mental and physical series of actions that must work through the total body in precise harmony. read more
Knowing the Situation

Knowing the Situation

The pitcher must always be aware of the situation. For beginners, being aware of every situation is difficult. Teaching awareness really happens by trial and error. read more
Determining What to Evaluate

Determining What to Evaluate

The first consideration in creating an effective evaluation plan is to identify the right things to evaluate. At minimum all program evaluation systems should include tools for measuring athlete development. read more
Preparing Mentally and Emotionally

Preparing Mentally and Emotionally

Precompetition physical preparation will be wasted unless the coach also helps the athlete design effective precompetition mental and emotional preparation strategies. Athletes are known for finding creative ways to lower their stress before a competition. read more
Reflecting on Why You Coach

Reflecting on Why You Coach

Most coaching books start with a discussion of the importance of creating a coaching philosophy and follow up with a section on creating goals. But to define a coaching philosophy and set goals, you must first understand and express why you coach and what principles will guide how you coach. read more
School-Age Overweight and Obesity Issues

School-Age Overweight and Obesity Issues

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition in which a child or adolescent is significantly above the normal weight based on his or her age and height (Mayo Clinic, n.d.). read more
Common deviations from ideal alignment

Common deviations from ideal alignment

The ribcage sits directly above the pelvis in efficient alignment. The shoulders should be horizontally level and relaxed, with the arms able to hang freely. read more
Why HIIT

Why HIIT

As mentioned, HIIT can offer amazing health and fitness benefits using workouts that are shorter and performed less often than aerobic activities, in which improvements come with a greater volume of training, meaning more time running, swimming, cycling, or using an aerobic machine such as a treadmill. read more
Protect the Puck and Shoot for the Goalie

Protect the Puck and Shoot for the Goalie

1. The forward protects the puck for 15 seconds and then drives for the net and shoots. read more
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