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Human Kinetics

Baseball Canada is pleased to partner with Human Kinetics Publishing.

Human Kinetics is the premier knowledge integrator in the physical activity field. They synthesize vast amounts of information into a constantly evolving array of products that utilize current technology to meet the needs of our varied audiences. HK has served the physical activity field since 1974, when it published its first book--a proceedings from a sport psychology conference.

Today, HK produces textbooks and their ancillaries, consumer books, software, videos, audiocassettes, journals, and distance education courses. Their products will continue to take a variety of forms.

Mission: To produce innovative, informative products in all areas of physical activity that help people worldwide lead healthier, more active lives.

"The greatest challenge facing Human Kinetics is to convert all information about physical activity into knowledge -- information that people can use to make a positive difference in their lives." -- Rainer Martens, PhD, Founder and President

Organizing Successful Tournaments-4th Edition
Create great schedules in minutes! Organizing Successful Tournaments contains the tools for structuring, scheduling, and administering leagues and tournaments. All types of competitions are covered: single and double elimination, multilevel, ladder, pyramid, level rotation, and round-robin. Includes web access to over 2,700 customizable templates.
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    Baserunning
    Baserunning provides the instruction, techniques, and drills for developing essential skills, such as leading, base stealing, tagging up, and sliding. This comprehensive guide provides players and coaches with the secrets and strategies for all baserunning situations.
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    Developing the Core
    Elite-level athletes take great pride in their fitness and physical strength. You can’t help but notice the muscular legs or well-defined arms. However, whether they are known for a powerful golf swing or a hard hockey slap shot, the best athletes all have one thing in common—a strong and well-conditioned core.
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    Long-Term Athlete Development
    Long-Term Athlete Development offers an in-depth explanation of the long-term athlete development model, an approach to athlete-centered sport that combines skill instruction with long-term planning and an understanding of human development to produce athlete growth.
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    Plyometrics
    Using the latest research, top trainer Donald Chu presents the best methods, strength and power exercises, workouts, and programs for optimizing athletes’ performance. Sport-specific plans can be easily integrated into a comprehensive training program. Injury prevention and rehab protocols reduce time on the sidelines.
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    Developing Speed
    With Developing Speed, the National Strength and Conditioning Association has created the definitive resource for developing speed training programs that optimize athletic performance. Including assessments and the application of speed training to eight specific sports, this authoritative guide provides all the tools needed for maximizing speed.
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    The Complete Guide to Pitching
    True to its name, The Complete Guide to Pitching is packed with guidance and instruction on every aspect of pitching. In this book and DVD package, renowned pitching coach Derek Johnson shares his secrets on mechanics, pitch selection, arm care and conditioning, fielding, and mental strategies for dominating the opposition.
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    High Scoring Baseball
    Valdosta State University hitting coach Todd Guilliams brings his record-setting hitting expertise to High-Scoring Baseball, the most comprehensive resource available about the offensive side of the ball. Geared toward generating higher run production, the book includes drills to improve every offensive aspect of the game.
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    Delavier's Core Training Anatomy
    Delavier’s Core Training Anatomy makes a perfect companion to the best-selling Strength Training Anatomy. The ideal visual supplement is accompanied by Frédéric Delavier’s signature illustrations and features 362 full-color photos of over 100 exercises and 60 sample programs, including those for strength and athletic performance.
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    Delavier's Stretching Anatomy
    Frédéric Delavier has captivated millions with Strength Training Anatomy. Now readers have access to Delavier’s exercise expertise and trademark illustrations once again with Delavier’s Stretching Anatomy. With full-color photos and illustrations, this guide depicts over 130 exercises to increase flexibility, tone muscles, and reduce injury.
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    Developing Agility and Quickness
    From the National Strength and Conditioning Association comes this resource packed with more than 100 drills to help in the development of agility and quickness training programs. Applicable to almost every sport, Developing Agility and Quickness focuses on improving athletes’ fleetness of foot, change-of-direction speed, and reaction time.
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    Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball
    The tips and strategies outlined in Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball will help any new coach plan a season full of terrific practices and successful games. Lighthearted and humorous, it’s a terrific resource for coaches who simply wish to help 5- to 10-year-old kids have fun and learn a few things along the way.
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    Play Ball - 100 Baseball Practice Games
    ABCA Coach of the Year Tom O’Connell presents over 100 of the best practice games ever created. The skill-building competitions cover fielding, pitching, catching, and hitting; they also prepare players for every situation from bunt defense to rundowns. With full practice plans based on the games included, it’s an ideal resource for coaches.
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    Sport and Character - Reclaiming the Principles of Sportsmanship
    In an era when our nightly news is filled with reports of athletes run amok on the field, on the court, and on the street, and when cheating by players and coaches has become a part of the daily discourse, sportsmanship has never been a more timely topic.
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    Bigger Faster Stronger-2nd Edition
    Bigger Faster Stronger is now bigger and better than ever! This second edition presents the most popular strength training system for today’s high school and college athletes. Establish the solid foundation you need to compete successfully and advance your athletic career.
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    True Competition - A Guide to Pursuing Excellence in Sport and Society
    True Competition: A Guide to Pursuing Excellence in Sport and Society offers a blueprint for maximizing the potential of competition to foster excellence and enjoyment. It provides a novel perspective on competition that challenges traditional beliefs through a research-backed defense that—up until now—has been lacking. With this text, readers will learn the differences between positive and negative competition, and they will discover how to implement change in their organizations, teams, and individual practices.
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    Sport First Aid-4th Edition
    As a coach, you’re likely the first on the scene when one of your athletes falls ill or suffers an injury on the field of play. Are you prepared to respond? What exactly is expected of you—by your athletes, their parents, and the law?
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    Diabetic Athlete's Handbook
    Don’t let diabetes slow you down. Whether you’re a recreational exerciser or a competitive athlete, the Diabetic Athlete’s Handbook has the training and performance advice you need to remain active and at the top of your game.
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    Complete Conditioning for Baseball
    Today’s players are bigger, stronger, and faster than ever before. A focused conditioning program has become essential to on-the-field success. Complete Conditioning for Baseball features a comprehensive training approach that builds players’ physical abilities as well as the baseball-specific skills their positions require.
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    In Pursuit of Excellence-4th Edition
    Reach your potential! Whether you are an athlete, a coach, or a promising high achiever in another walk of life, In Pursuit of Excellence provides the expert advice and proven techniques to help you fulfill your aspirations.
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    Coaching Youth Baseball, Fourth Edition
    Coaching Youth Baseball, Fourth Edition, stresses fun, safety, and effective instruction, helping you create an environment that promotes learning, encourages a love of the game, and motivates your athletes to come out year after year.
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    Athletic Development - The Art & Science of Functional Sports Conditioning
    Athletic Development offers a rare opportunity to learn and apply a career full of knowledge from the best. World-renowned strength and conditioning coach Vern Gambetta condenses the wisdom he's gained through more than 40 years of experience of working with athletes across sports, age groups, and levels of competition, including members of the Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, and U.S. men’s 1998 World Cup soccer team.
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    Coaching Baseball Successfully
    Build a winning baseball program both on the field and off! In Coaching Baseball Successfully, one of the nation’s top high school coaches, Mike Curran, shares his expertise on all aspects of coaching. From establishing a coaching philosophy to player development to in-game decision making, this is the approach that has made his program a perennial powerhouse on the national scene.
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    Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way
    Coaching young players, developing their skills, and cultivating a love for the sport may be the most rewarding experience baseball can offer. Cal and Bill Ripken understand this like few others.
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    Gold Glove Baseball
    Solid defense begins before the first pitch is thrown. From player placement to situational awareness, the nuances of superior fielding are vast and varied. That’s why the American Baseball Coaches Association’s top defensive minds have compiled Gold Glove Baseball--to give you an all-encompassing resource to help turn your team into a stellar defensive unit.
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    Strength Ball Training-2nd Edition
    Develop strength, power, coordination, balance, and core stability using the medicine ball and stability ball exercises included in Strength Ball Training. Preferred by elite athletes, fitness experts, and strength and conditioning specialists, these exercises train the body as a linked system rather than targeting muscles in isolation.
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    Sports Performance 4 DVD Package
    The Sports Performance DVD Series addresses the training demands of serious athletes across all sports. Consisting of four DVDs on power, flexibility, speed, and strength, the series demonstrates that optimum training translates to optimal performance.
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    Power Eating-3rd Edition
    No other nutrition program will enable you to gain muscle and power—while trimming body fat—more effectively than Power Eating, the leading plan for power athletes, strength trainers, and bodybuilders.
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    Power for Sports Performance DVD
    Power your way to dominance on the field, court, or mat. Power for Sports Performance provides the tools to build a program for your needs, your sport, and your goals.
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    SportsVision: Training for Better Performance
    If you are looking for an innovative way to improve athletic performance on the court or field, vision training may be the answer. SportsVision: Training for Better Performance introduces a dynamic program to teach athletes to see the ball, the field, teammates, and opposition better, giving them the ability to perform better.
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    Youth Baseball Drills
    Use Youth Baseball Drills to develop players’ understanding, skills, and love for the game. The activities presented will help you make each practice more educational and fun.
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  • Periodization Training for Sports-2nd Edition
    Sports conditioning has advanced tremendously since the era when a “no pain, no gain” philosophy guided the training regimens of athletes. Dr. Tudor Bompa pioneered most of these breakthroughs, proving long ago that it’s not only how much and how hard an athlete works but also when and what work is done that determines the athlete’s conditioning level.
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  • Numerous coaching books cover the bases on the skills and drills of baseball. But very few hit on the tactical skills of the game: the situational decisions players and coaches make that often determine the outcome of games. That’s where Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills stands out in the lineup of baseball titles available today.
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  • Training for Speed, Agility, and Quickness-2nd Edition
    Not only are modern athletes larger and more muscular than their predecessors, but they also move with a swiftness and power never seen before. Training for Speed, Agility, and Quickness is the workout guide and DVD package you need in order to perform a step ahead of the competition.
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  • Athletic Body in Balance DVD
    You work out and train hard. You know you can reach that next level of performance. But are you doing all that you can to get there? Adding absolute strength and power often creates muscle imbalances and mobility limitations that cause injuries and limit skill training. The Athletic Body in Balance DVD is the first of its kind to show how to identify and correct muscle imbalances, mobility restrictions, and stability problems.
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  • Baseball Skills & Drills DVD
    With the ABCA’s new Baseball Skills & Drills Series DVD, you can learn how to organize better practices, gain a better understanding of what drills you need to develop fundamental baseball skills, and improve your chances at a winning season!
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  • The Sport Psych Handbook
    Athletes’ physiques and conditioning levels have advanced significantly in the past decade. Now, it’s time for their mental prowess to catch up.

    The Sport Psych Handbook makes significant performance improvement possible through training the mind to parallel the body’s enhanced development. Experts covering each facet of the mental game present research-based, field-tested approaches to enhance individual and team performance. More specifically, this comprehensive guide will give athletes breakthrough methods to do the following:
    • Optimize inner drive for training and competition
    • Maintain emotional and mental control for unwavering focus
    • Improve communication skills for better leadership and teamwork
    • Avoid and overcome slumps, injuries, and other challenges to a successful season

    Complement your physical skills with sharper mental skills. Make The Sport Psych Handbook part of your training arsenal, and start performing to your potential.
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  • Baseball Handbook
    Arm yourself for every practice, every game, and every situation! This book is your one-stop source for expert nuts-and-bolts advice on every facet of baseball coaching. It's the all-inclusive, instructionally sound handbook every baseball coach has been waiting for.
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  • Baseball Strategies
    Some books teach coaches and players what to do; this also explains why. Developed by an all-star cast of coaches selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association, Baseball Strategies is the most comprehensive resource ever written on the tactical aspects of the game. Providing the content are 18 of the game's top strategists, including several coaches whose teams have totaled more than 1,000 wins and have won national championships.
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  • The Baseball Coaching Bible
    Much more than a book on skills, strategies, or drills, The Baseball Coaching Bible represents a landmark work for the sport. Many of the greatest coaches the game has ever known--including Coaches of the Century at the high school, junior college, NAIA, and Division I, II, III levels, as named by Collegiate Baseball--combine to cover all aspects of coaching. The 27 contributing coaches share their keys to championship baseball, something they know well, having won 50 national titles and nearly 25,000 games.
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  • Coaching Pitchers
    Want to improve the mechanics of your pitching staff? Can your pitchers hold runners and field their position? Do you know the finer points of developing pitcher-catcher chemistry? Coaching Pitchers offers complete details on every aspect of the pitching position. This practical guide on pitching will be a valuable reference you'll turn to again and again.
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  • Bernie Walter's Baserunning
    Take a trip around the bases like never before! Bernie Walter's Baserunning Video provides you with detailed instructions and special tips on this key area of offensive baseball. ...
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  • Baseball Skills & Drills
    Combine the detailed instruction of the book with the dynamic visual presentation of the videos for the ultimate baseball package. The Baseball Skills & Drills book and videos are available at a special package price. Save money by using this package price to order them all!
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  • The Hitting Edge by Tom Robson
    Foreword: John Olerud
    Hitting a hard-thrown baseball is one of the most difficult skills in sports. The Hitting Edge simplifies the task by focusing on key features common in every successful hitter's swing: dynamic balance, sequential rotation, axis of rotation, and bat lag.
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  • The Pitching Edge by Tom House
    In modern baseball, the best pitchers are those who master both the art and science of the position. Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, and Kevin Brown are among the many greats who developed this mastery with the help of pitching coach Tom House. Now, in The Pitching Edge book/video package, House offers you his special instruction and insight into the mechanics, conditioning, and psychology for superior pitching performance.
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  • Athletic Body in Balance
    Great athletes make difficult moves look effortless with a combination of skill, strength, and balance. Traditional conditioning builds a fitness base, but modern sports training takes into account athletic movement patterns. Athletic Body in Balance is the first guide of its kind to show you how to train for smooth, fluid movement and prevent muscle imbalances, mobility restrictions, stability problems, and
    There is also a video sold separately: Body in Balance Video is the first of its kind to show how to identify and correct muscle imbalances, mobility restrictions, and stability problems.
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  • Complete Conditioning for Baseball
    Until now, only the pros and some major college players had access to sport-specific training advice for developing their bodies to excel on the field. Complete Conditioning for Baseball is the first comprehensive training book to show baseball players and coaches at all levels how to get in the best possible shape so they can hit the ball harder, throw it faster, and run with greater agility and speed.
    For players, Complete Conditioning for Baseball is a year-round conditioning manual that they'll take to the weight room as well as to the practice field. For coaches, it's the ideal team and player training guide that they've wished for years they had.
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  • Nancy Clark's Sport Nutrition - 3rd edition
    You've heard it, you've read it, and you know from experience it's true: You'll feel better and perform better when you choose the right foods to fuel your body. The problem is, the more active your lifestyle is, the less time you have to spend on preparing healthful meals. Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook offers solutions from the nation's leading sports nutritionist.
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  • 52-Week Baseball Training
    Get in better condition for baseball--and watch your game improve! Players are getting bigger, stronger, and faster every season. Their conditioning level is at an all-time high, resulting in more towering home runs and blazing fastballs than ever before. With 52-Week Baseball Training, you can use the same baseball-specific training regimen as the major leaguers to prepare for the demands of today's game.
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  • Functional Training for Sports
    Functional training is a complete system of athletic development that focuses on training the body the way it will be used in competition, making it the most efficient and effective form of training today.
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  • The Baseball Drill Book
    Seventeen of the game's top collegiate coaches have teamed up with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) to bring you the game's most comprehensive assortment of practice activities.
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  • Fit to Pitch
    In more than 30 years in professional baseball as a pitcher, coach, performance analyst, and consultant, Tom House has helped enhance and extend the careers of many pitching greats, including Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan. In Fit to Pitch, Tom combines his on-field experiences weight-room workouts, and years of research to deliver proven, practical applications that will strengthen your pitching throughout the year.
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  • Maximizing Baseball Practice
    In this book, John Winkin and his assistant coaches show you how to make the most of your squad's allotted practice time and space, even when you have to practice indoors. You'll find dozens of illustrated drills designed to give your players the gamelike experiences and repetitions they need to compete successfully.
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  • Baseball Skills & Drills
    Baseball Skills & Drills is the most comprehensive training book available for coaches and players at all levels. You will learn the best skills and drills for improving overall performance at every stage of the game, thus improving your chances at winning. Baseball Skills & Drills is packed with techniques that accelerate learning and improve execution, as well as tips and insights on how to better organize practices and correct common errors.
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    Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)

    What is LTAD?

    Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a systemic approach being developed and adopted by Baseball Canada to maximize a participant's potential and involvement in our sport. The LTAD framework aims to define optimal training, competition and recovery throughout an athlete's career to enable him / her to reach his / her full potential in baseball and as an athlete.

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    Sport CanadaThe mission of Sport Canada, a division of Heritage Canada, is to support the achievement of high performance excellence and the development of the Canadian sport system to strengthen the unique contribution that sport makes to Canadian identity, culture and society. Visit Sport Canada at: www.pch.gc.ca/sportcanada.

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    Human Kinetics

    Functional Training for Sports
    Functional training is a complete system of athletic development that focuses on training the body the way it will be used in competition, making it the most efficient and effective form of training today.
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