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    Hitting Approach - Mental

    Love it, Cannonball! We preach on game day that before you step in the box, you take one long breath and have one final thought. Your thought cannot be on a swing mechanic, only something positive, aggressive and competitive.
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    Fielding lessons

    Nate Trosky and Lou Colon. Can't get much better than those guys when it comes to fundamental positioning.
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    Gotta love turf

    Living where we're under a winter storm warning this weekend...I would absolutely love a turf infield/outfield. We got 3" of snow two days ago, and who knows how much is coming this weekend. My field is an absolute mess and will be for a while.
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    For HS Coaches: Daily Attendance %

    I've been a HS coach for over 20 years. In places where HS ball means something. Yes, there are reasons to miss a practice here and there...but they are pretty few. 100% has always been our expectation, and the majority of the time, that's what its been. Also yes, there are consequences for...
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    Our tryouts start Monday (3/7). We'll go M/Tu/Wed with Thurs used for anything extra that coaches need to see and Friday will be the 1st team practices. There's a chance of rain/snow 3 days next week, so we'll be stuck in a gym. Hopefully we get out before our first scrimmage on the 18th. We...
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    POP times...

    She gets her right foot down quick. Good actions!
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    POP times...

    Probably going to start a fire, then bail out of here, but that's ok. For all the "my 14 year old has a 1.65 pop" coaches/dads out there...sorry, probably not. ;)
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    Arm care

    Alan Jaeger arm care J-Band routine. Download his free pdf, get a J-Band and do them before she throws, every time. Alan is one of the best in the business. J-Band Softball Exercise pdf
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    High school hall of fame:

    I haven't been at Cobden since 2012, but they gave me my start. That place will always be special! It's amazing the little things that they remember that end up being so memorable. Congrats again, man!
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    High school hall of fame:

    Congrats @Cannonball! A few years ago I was inducted into Cobden's Athletic HOF, with our 2008, 2009, and 2010 Championship teams. We all had similar conversations to the ones you described. You remember the great victories, the toughest defeats, and then it's the bus rides, post game meals...
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    3-Wheel Pitching Machines

    @Lemond I run the dimples out of my HA jr. They fly pretty true and move like they're supposed to depending on how you set up the machine. I've tried a few different leather balls, but with any seam at all, it's tough to get any consistency with the ball flight.
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    Essential Practice Equipment

    Looks like @Westwind has the offensive wrapped up. Awesome list! Those BFT half bats are great, btw! If I'm running a defensive practice, give me... (assuming you have a field, bases, coaches to run practice) I'll steal Westwind's 12 dozen new pearls and give me a few metal ball carts, on...
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    High School practices

    This was a big change for me when I moved from Illinois to PA. We went from playing 35 regular season games allowed to 20. Took a while to get used to it, but now I really enjoy the practice and recovery time!
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    Has anyone use WINreality?

    I was at a P5 school's practice the other day, and they had 5 of them hanging on the wall of their indoor facility. They just got them in, and hadn't used them yet, so they didn't have any results/data. It will be interesting to see if they provide value.
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    Is this a viable method for catching?

    I describe one knee down (KD) set ups to my catchers as a tool for their belt. Is there a time to use it, sure. Is it for everyone, no. KD set ups are the shiny new toy (at younger levels), and there are quite a few catching coaches out there who want to put everyone in the same mold and say...

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