Always Bring Your Best, or One Day You Might Wonder What Happened

It’s the last inning and the temperature just broke triple digits. You’re tired, you’re hot, your teammates are blaming each other for costly errors, and you’re in the hole by eight runs. It’s easy to give up, you tell yourself. Nobody will fault me if I don’t hustle. Why give 100 percent in a cause that seems lost? Outside of the fact that “the game ain’t over til it’s over,” as Yogi Berra would say, there’s another important reason to always play your ‘A’ game, no matter what: you never know who is watching.

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The following article appears in the 'Coaches Clinic' section of the September/October 2017 issue of Junior Baseball. To purchase the issue, click here.

Sometimes you just have to lighten up, relax, breath, play, or even clown around.

As coach of the Mankato, Minnesota 13 year old traveling team, I knew I had to vary my practice routine. Our schedule was very demanding. With our league schedule and tournament schedule, we were playing five or six games a week. I knew if I said “let’s take some infield” one more time, I might have a revolution on my hands! When we had a break over the Fourth of July, I decided that it was time to break out my “Light” practice before the revolution started. I was going to put the word ‘fun’ back into fundamentals. I planned a station-to-station practice with my coaches that would accent fundamentals but in a unique ...

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Chicago TribuneThe Cubs won the World Series. So, what's America's next great sports story?Chicago Tribune… two females — outfielder/pitcher Kelsie Whitmore and pitcher Stacy Piagno to their independent Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs team. (They left after a month-long stint to represent the U.S. in the Women's World Cup baseball …and more »

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