Brent, the coach’s son, is his father’s best player on the 12-year-old Little League baseball team. The team is playing for the State Championship. His team is ready. They expect to win. But outbursts of uncontrollable anger from players, their parents, coaches, and officials threaten Brent’s enthusiasm and concentration for the big game. Game Day comes, and Brent’s nerves and emotions are a wreck. Then some unexpected events during the Championship event–some humorous, some heart-warming– open his eyes to a score that really counts. It is a close game between two rival teams, with plenty of action and a chance for the winning team to be on national television. At the end of the fiercely fought game, Brent is excited–but over an entirely different score.
Targeted Age Group: 9 – 14 years old
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Paul Venosdel’s love for baseball began when he played as a young boy. His personal experiences as a young player, and now as manager and coach, provide him a keen sense of the emotions and drama involved in baseball. He has managed over 400 games in nine years, winning more than 60%, including 13 Championships in Travel Ball, League, and Tournament competitions as of the writing of this book. His innovative and inspiring style of coaching is based on his belief that what matters most is instilling truth, confidence, and character in the lives of children. He writes with humor and insights that authentically portray baseball life as seen through the eyes and hearts of young players.
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