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The One Thing I don"™t want to hear about Derek Jeter, or any MLB Player from that Era

posted on September 5, 2018 in Coaches Corner, Jack's Corner, Opinion Pieces by Jack Perconte

Unfortunately, Derek Jeter was a Player from that era

As much as I will miss everything about Derek Jeter, especially watching him play, I will not miss it when all players from the steroid era have moved on because declaring some players as clean and speculating on others is not fair. The way my major league career unfolded, thank God I was not part of the steroid years.

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Baseball Coaching Solutions - Failed Baseball Instruction

posted on September 5, 2018 in Coaches Corner, Philosophy by Jack Perconte

Baseball Coaching Solutions for Baseball Instructors

I have been giving baseball lessons for 27 years, somewhere over 60,000 of them, but who is counting. I wish I could say that I have helped those many students. Even though that was my intention, extra baseball instruction does not always work out. Having the right baseball coaching solutions is crucial to helping kids.

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Joe Maddon Nails it in so Many Ways

posted on September 5, 2018 in Coaches Corner, Philosophy by Jack Perconte

Joe Maddon teaching Youth Coaches

Maybe some were not surprised, but people just learning about Joe Maddon must have been impressed with his initial press conference as the new manager of the Chicago Cubs. Being about youth sports, I like to relate all things to that level, and he blew me away. Everything he talked about struck me as being great coaching lessons for youth coaches.

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Visualization - Show Me, then Picture That

posted on September 5, 2018 in Tip of the Week by Jack Perconte

When a hitter is struggling in batting practice, I ask them to show me how it's going to look when they make contact. I then make sure they have the correct body, hand and bat positions. Once it is correct, I tell them to "picture that" before the next pitch. It is amazing how often they "smoke" the next pitch. Visualization works, along with refocusing ones mind on the end result, instead of pressing to hit balls better.

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