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Issue 2 Volume 4 April 2009
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Blocking Passed Balls
Where Should I Put My Best Hitter?
Three Tips to Teach Young Pitchers
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Inside this issue you'll enjoy Dave Weaver's tips on teaching your catchers to block passed balls, Brian Gotta's article on how to give your batting order a boost, and a very concise message from Dan Gazaway with three tips for teaching young pitchers how to throw.
As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions and would love to know how we can help you help the kids in your community become better baseball players while having lots of fun!
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 Blocking is the Easy PartCoach Weaver
by Coach Dave Weaver 
It is common knowledge among youth baseball and softball coaches that the one play most responsible for scoring runs is not the blast over the fence or the shot in the gap; it's the passed ball. As coaches we often find ourselves asking why it is so difficult for our young catchers to keep the ball in front of them. Why do so many balls get by and allow runners to advance and ultimately score? Read Article
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 Brian GottaWhere Should My Best Hitter Be in the Lineup? 
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

There are traditional assumptions most baseball coaches make when filling out their lineup cards. The small, fast player who draws a lot of walks and steals bases bats first. A good contact hitter and bunter, preferably a lefty, bats #2. The best hitter on the team is in the 3-hole. But is this always the best strategy? Read Article
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 Three Tips for Teaching Young Pitchers How to Throw a Baseball  Dan Gazaway
By Dan Gazaway, Owner & Founder of The Pitching Academy 
I have recently been working with a 10U baseball team on how to throw a baseball properly. The task is to get handful of 9 and 10 year olds to throw the baseball over the plate consistently. Sounds easy enough, right? If you have worked with young baseball pitchers, you know how tricky it is. Read Article