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Baseball & Softball
Volume 7 Issue 6
June 2014

In This Issue
How Mentally Strong?
The Long Road
Creating a Plate Strategy
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In this issue: Nate Barnett provides real, nuts-and-bolts advice on taking the right approach to the plate each at-bat. Brian Gotta's personal story about his son's baseball career will inspire any youngsters who have been told they weren't good enough. And Dr. Jim Taylor brings us the second installment in a three-part series on improving athletes' mental toughness.

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Get Psyched! How Mentally Strong Are You? Jim Taylor

By Dr. Jim Taylor   


Confidence may be the single most important mental factor because you may have all of the ability to be successful, but if you don't believe you have that ability, you won't use it to perform your best. Confidence is about believing you can be successful when it gets tough, perform your best when it counts, and achieve your competitive goals.Read Article  

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Brian Gotta

The Long Road           

By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck


Six years ago, my son had the worst day of his young life. He'd been cut from his high school baseball team in his junior year. A couple of weeks ago he got the news he'd always dreamed of: He was selected by the Tampa Rays in the Major League Baseball draft. How did he get past that devastating setback and much more to be where he is now? The journey has been one that has left me prouder than I could ever imagine and should serve as inspiration to any youngster who faces adversity in sports. Read Article 

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Creating a Plate Strategy - What to Know

by Nate Barnett

It was Hall of Famer, Ted Williams who once said, "A good hitter can hit a pitch that is over the plate three times better than a great hitter with a questionable ball in a tough spot."  Williams writes in his book, The Science of Hitting, that becoming a highly selective hitter is what made him the career .344 hitter he was. 
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