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Baseball & Softball
Issue 3 Volume 10
October 2010
In This Issue
Five Baseball Pitches
Sports and Bullying
Lesson Learned from Little League
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In this month's issue:
Dan Gazaway contributes another tremendous article revealing the grips and techniques for throwing five pitches. And, is it possible that there is bullying going on right under our noses on teams we coach? That's the subject of this month's contribution from Brian Gotta. Plus, parents and coaches alike will agree with Dave Zimmer's message about sportsmanship and the lessons we should teach. Finally, as usual, we ask that you check out our sponsors who make OnDeck possible.

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Five Baseball Pitches Dan Gazaway
By Dan Gazaway, Owner & Founder of The Pitching Academy

To make it to a higher level in baseball, a pitcher should have three great pitches, not necessarily a best pitch, but three outstanding pitches he can throw for strikes on any given day. This allows the pitcher to dominate his opponents with a good change of speed and great movement. If a pitcher can throw three outstanding pitches to two locations, it keeps the hitter off balance, keeps them guessing and improves the chances of the pitcher getting the win and making a habit of it. Read Article
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Brian GottaSports and Bullying
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

The tragic suicides of several youngsters in recent weeks have led to an increased focus on the topic of bullying among children at school. But school may not be the only place bullying occurs. It could be prevalent in the sports we oversee, and if we're not paying attention, we'll overlook it and let it continue. Or, worse yet, we may even notice it happening and just think that this is "part of the game" and do nothing. Read Article
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Dave Zimmer

A Lesson Learned from Little League

by Dave Zimmer

My little 10-year-old boy was up to bat - my little lefty. I love to watch him play baseball because he loves to play the game. The pitcher wound up and let go of a fast ball traveling at about 38 mph. The ball missed the strike zone by a few feet and hit my son in the upper arm. The ball was not traveling fast enough to hurt him, so he just ran down to first base. As my son was standing on first base, I saw the opposing coach signal to his pitcher. The pitcher then ran over to first base, shook my son's hand and told him he was sorry. At that moment, baseball really did not matter. That act of sportsmanship was more important than the game. Read Article

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