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Baseball & Softball
Volume 5 Issue 5
May 2012

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Most Rewarding Career
50/50 Hitting
Boosting Confidence
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In this issue: New York Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens contributes a great article defining two different styles of hitting. Terrific read for all coaches! "The Most Rewarding Career" is the topic of this month's article by Brian Gotta. And John Ellsworth's "Five Keys to Sustaining Motivation to the Finish" offers clear advice for athletes and their parents.

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Five Keys to Sustaining MotivationJohn Ellsworth

By John R. Ellsworth M.A

In my work with athletes I hear all sorts of reasons why it's too tough to finish. Some of them are indeed creative, but most of them I have heard a thousand times before...I hear from students that "others" expectations of them far exceed their abilities and they simply lose interest because it's impossible to please their parents. Read Article

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Brian Gotta

The Most Rewarding Career

By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

"Where does the time go?" This was one of my mother's favorite sayings when I was a child. Now I know what she means. Just the other day I was in the grocery and a good friend, Katie, walked up in line behind me. Her son, Gus, was a 12 year-old on the first Majors team I coached. She said, "Can you believe that boy you taught to play baseball just graduated from college?" No, Katie, I can't. Read Article

Dave Hudgens

50/50 Hitting
by Dave Hudgens, New York Mets Hitting Coach

Some hitters may be more weight transfer than rotational. They want to get on top of their front foot and transfer their weight through the ball. You'll see these hitters on top of their front leg more dramatically than others. The hitters who use a greater percentage of weight transfer, generally speaking, hit more singles and doubles. I have racked my brain... Read Article

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