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Baseball In The Snowy Months
It's getting close to the baseball playoffs, I can't wait! I live baseball all year long but I've found it difficult to find anything baseball during those winter months - November - February. The sports networks talk baseball only if there is a trade or a managerial firing. Sure football is great but I prefer baseball.
My kids came up with a great idea that can help me through those baseball months. They suggested we play baseball on the Wii playstation. Why didn't I think of that? Now we are all set for our family winter league baseball using the Wii. We got mom, the two kids, a nephew, two uncles and even my 88 year old dad signed up. The kids can't wait. This really is a great way to share family time, have a laugh and help the kids practice their baseball swings.
Another thing I plan on doing is taking the kids to the indoor batting cages during the winter. It's a perfect time because it is off-season and you have the place to yourself. And I'll let you in on a secret - I can get up to bat too and relive my "glory days". Again, this is a great way to teach your kids baseball and to get some swings in as well.
I really do miss baseball in the winter so I like to read about baseball during that time. I was looking specifically for a good book that I could use to teach my kids how to score baseball. I looked in bookstores and did exhaustive searches on the web but I couldn't find a book that was easy to understand ... so I wrote my own ebook on how to score baseball. It's a step-by-step guide on how to keep score at a baseball game, and it comes with great illustrations. It was a great experience and I am very proud of it.
I asked some fellow youth baseball coaches to critique it for me. They were so impressed they recommended it to the league to be used by it's official scorers as a reference and training tool. It's a PDF document that you can read on-line or printout. It even has baseball scoresheets that you can print out and use.
The big test for me was asking my 9 and 10 year old kids to read it (too boring?). Within a few hours (unbelievable, they didn't get bored with it) they had learned more than just the fundamentals of how to keep score at a baseball game. In fact, that night we watched the Yankees and we scored a couple innings together. For the plays they couldn't remember how to score, they simply used a keyword search on the on-line document to find what they were looking for. Now I think I created a monster, both my son and DAUGHTER are hooked!!
This ebook is different than any other because I added a pitch scoring system I developed myself when I played in college. This one-of-a-kind system teaches you how to score the game from the pitching perspective.
What's so great about that? You can use the pitch scoring system as an analytically tool and as a powerful weapon that your opponent doesn't have. You can use it to look at the result of a previous pitcher/batter match up or see what pitches your pitcher is having trouble with.
Well, that's it! Just wanted to share this work of art that will come in handle for years to come.