Top 25 Baseball Skills, Tips, and Tricks

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There's no better feeling for a baseball player than crushing a ball over the outfield fence for a home run, or blowing a fastball by the batter for a strikeout. Would you like to hit like a pro and pitch like an all-star? Do you want to be a slick-fielding shortstop? From the basics of pitching to more advanced skills that will give you a winning swing, author David Aretha covers all the important baseball skills, including fun tips and tricks from the pros.

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There's no better feeling for a baseball player than crushing a ball over the outfield fence for a home run, or blowing a fastball by the batter for a strikeout. Would you like to hit like a pro and pitch like an all-star? Do you want to be a slick-fielding shortstop? From the basics of pitching to more advanced skills that will give you a winning swing, author David Aretha covers all the important baseball skills, including fun tips and tricks from the pros.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Patricia M. Steelman
This title is part of a six-book series on standard American sports (other entries cover basketball, football, gymnastics, hockey, and soccer) presenting twenty-five informative points in forty-eight pages. Brief paragraphs, boxes with facts, tips, or historical information and photos of major stars or action snapshots cover the basics of each sport. A one-page glossary of main terms, a short list of similar books, several Internet addresses, and an index complete the coverage. Aretha directs his text to the Little Leaguers who are the primary audience for this book. The preliminaries include a diagram of the field and discuss attire—comfortable clothing, plastic spike shoes, and an athletic supporter for boys—and properly sized helmets and bats. Aretha provides age appropriate information on the basic batting stance, swinging the bat, and being a smart hitter. He also recommends searching on Google and YouTube for advice from hitting and pitching experts. After explaining the perfect sliding technique, Aretha recommends practicing on a Slip ?n Slide—combining facts and fun. He gives advice for pitchers, catchers, and outfielders while reminding all players to keep track of what is happening overall. There are a few photos of girl players although the information seems mainly for guys. Photo captions are often augmented by arrows and notes printed directly on the photos. There is a seven-photo sequence on pitching but most photos are single shots. Aretha concludes his excellent presentation of baseball for beginners with a reminder to stay alert and enjoy playing the game. Recommended purchase. Reviewer: Patricia M. Steelman
VOYA - Sherrie Williams
This colorful, high interest, six-book series explores sports enjoyed by youth players such as baseball, basketball, football, gymnastics, hockey and soccer. Each of these sports is discussed using a top twenty-five list of skills, tips, and tricks that, if mastered, can help young athletes to excel. The baseball volume covers the skills of hitting, base running, pitching, defense and advanced "big league" conditioning tips. Included among the top skills for football are those related to passing and receiving, rushing, line play, defense and special teams, and conditioning and special drills. The format of the series is pleasing to the eye, with many well-captioned photos offering further explanation of sports skills. The photos are well divided between players in youth leagues and professional athletes of interest to young readers. The format of the book is skewed towards younger students, making this series most appropriate for libraries serving middle-school-aged audiences. The text is sometimes detail-heavy, offering a long list of occasionally confusing advice to explain athletic skills in writing. For example, in explaining a baseball batting stance, there are seventeen separate sentences which each include several modifications of the grip, body location, and tilt for both left- and right-handed hitters. The captions in the photo illustrations, however, are much more to the point so young readers will find needed information there if the text is too detailed for their reading style. This series will enjoy heavy use among youth sports participants seeking to improve their skills. (Top 25 Sports Skills, Tips, and Tricks) Reviewer: Sherrie Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598453607
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Top 25 Sports Skills, Tips, and Tricks
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,151,798
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Knock the Cover off the Ball 5

1 Batter Up! 5

2 Dig in Like a Pro 6

3 Let er Rip! 8

4 Re a Smart Hitter 10

5 Batting Drills 12

Zoom Around the Bases 14

6 Getting on and Getting a Lead 14

7 The Art of Stealing 16

8 The Perfect Slide 17

9 What Do You Do If 18

10 Baserunning Drills 20

Blow It by Em 22

11 Let's Start With the Rules 22

12 And Here's the Pitch 24

13 Prepare for the Challenge 26

14 Fielding Your Position 28

15 Pitching Drills 29

The Art of Defense 30

16 Scooping up Grounders 30

17 I've Got It! 32

18 He's Going! 34

19 Taking Charge Behind the Plate 36

20 Fielding Drills 38

How the Big-Leaguers Do It 40

21 Hall of Fame Wisdom 40

22 The Big-League Bag of Tricks 42

23 My, How the Game Has Changed! 43

24 Hey, Whatever Works 44

25 Be Smart and Stay Alert 45

Glossary 46

Further Reading (Books and Internet Addresses) 47

Index 48

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