The Ballgame of Life: Lessons for Parents and Coaches of Young Baseball Players

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Good coaches and good parents both try to teach kids the same things: persistence, hard work, how to handle pressure, and how to be a good winner. Baseball can help young players learn these lessons, but only if the coaches and parents stay focused on them. This book address the two main problems for coaches and parents: They are often unprepared or undertrained to teach the lessons baseball has to offer, and they often are trying to live vicariously through the children (which the absolute last thing the kids need).

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Joseph Aversa, drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1990, has over fifteen years of professional baseball experience. In the offseason, he coaches and instructs over 250 players from the major leagues through tee-ball at Calvary Chapel in Santa Ana, California. Aversa is currently an assistant hitting instructor and coach with the San Diego Padres.

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The top professionals in the game all learned to play baseball right, and this is precisely what Joey Aversa and Dave Smith have tried to get across to parents and coaches of young baseball players in this book. The Ballgame of Life is about the kind of early training that makes some of the past and present major league players special for many more reasons than their statistics. The odds of any ten year old becoming a major leaguer are a million to one, but it doesn’t mean that he or she can’t learn the same lessons about integrity, the joy of competition, and the value of team relationships that great players learned when they were ten. —Peter Gammons, ESPN Baseball Analyst Member, National Baseball Hall of Fame

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