That sound, the first crack of the bat.
Every year in early spring a special kind of joy comes over those who love America’s favorite pastime, baseball. This feeling is no different for the millions of kids who
dream of greatness when they pick up a bat and make their way to the plate.
In Just Baseball, Mike Just has created a guide to the world of baseball. Drawing from his own journey to the pros, Just better equips parents and players to make smart
decisions as they pursue the game while encouraging players to pursue excellence, maximize their talents, and inspire them to find greater satisfaction in the game.
The book covers these topics and more: At what age should youngsters start playing the game? What values will define a player’s baseball character?
How important is it to be a team player? What do baseball scouts look for? How can players gain an edge in recruiting? What if your head coach leaves?
Is being drafted out of high school a good or bad thing?
Baseball is not a one-size-fits-all journey. Learning how to make thoughtful choices that make the most sense for one’s own set of circumstances
is all part of getting to the next level. Mike Just’s own experience provides valuable insight for all those who are serious about baseball, and who want to be the best.
Washington Nationals Bullpen Coach Octavio Martinez invites Mike and his son Jack onto Citi Field to show his proud support of Just Baseball
by Mike Just
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Here’s a sneak preview of the information you will find in the 224 page book to assist you with your baseball career
EXCERPT FROM FOREWORD BY SCOTT BROSIUS 1998 World Series MVP
CHAPTER 1: Why This Book?
CHAPTER 2: So Many Choices—Leagues, Clubs, Schools, Etc.
How Young Do I Start? / How Do I Know Which Leagues Are Good? / Which High School? Does It Matter? / A Winning Program
CHAPTER 3: Preparation Can Make All the Difference
How Do I Prepare Before High School? / Importance of Strength Training, Conditioning, and Diet / Why Do Good Grades Matter?
CHAPTER 4: Private Instruction and Red Flags
Goals Can Create Focus and Motivation / Taking Chances—Don’t Be Afraid to Fail / Performance-Enhancing Drugs / Be a Team Player
CHAPTER 6: The Mental Side of the Game
How Do I Stack Up Against the Profile? / What Do Scouts Look For? / Tools of Hitting and Pitching / Know How You Project
CHAPTER 8: An Edge
Advantages / Recruiters—Good or Bad? / Showcases, Camps, and Showcase Teams / What Else Can I Do?
CHAPTER 9: Tricky Scenarios
The Advantages of Being a “Priority Guy” / What If the Head Coach Leaves? / Is Being Drafted Out of High School a Good Thing or a Bad Thing? / College Divisions—How Much Do They Matter?
CHAPTER 11: The Pros
An Advisor or Agent? / The MLB Draft / Independent Ball—Good or Bad Move?
CHAPTER 12: Why Not You?
Single—Baseball Résumé Recruiting Video
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