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Issue 3 Volume 5
May 2010
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How to Improve Bat Speed
Good Old Days?
The Car Ride Home
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It's hard to believe we're already getting close to the end of another baseball season. It seems we were celebrating Opening Day just last week!
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Improve Your Bat SpeedDan Gazaway
by Dan Gazaway
The single best way to improve your bat speed is to work on the sources of your power and bat speed as a hitter. Hitting a baseball well is nothing more than moving the right parts of the body at the right time. Once you understand what parts of your swing mechanics are in charge of creating the most bat speed, you can target those areas with some baseball hitting drills. Read Article
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Brian Gotta The Good Old Days?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

I once heard an amusing quote which was, "If someone ever says they miss the 'good old days,' tell them to turn off the air conditioning." When most of us grew up there was no PlayStation, cable TV or Internet - things our kids take for granted today. Would any of us want to go back in time before these and so many other technological advances? Yet I can remember coming home from school each day and calling everyone I knew to arrange a pick-up football, baseball or basketball game, depending on the season. Read Article
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The Car Ride Home Dr. Cohn
By Dr. Patrick Cohn

Coach Brian Gardner of St. Louis, Miss. has coached ice hockey for 10 years and even led one team of 11- to 12-year-olds to a national championship. Some of Gardner's players' parents drive for as long as 1.5 hours to get their kids to the ice rink. That's a long time for parents to be alone with their kids after a game, says Gardner. Especially if they spend that time talking about the players' performance.
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