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Are Travel Baseball Teams the Answer?

By Dr. Bret Simmermacher Contributor, Sport and Fitness Network Parents spend thousands of dollars to make sure their son becomes a part of one of these teams. They travel near and far to watch them play, pay for uniform costs, pay for nights in hotels, in the hopes of obtaining a baseball scholarship to help with the cost of their education. So I have to ask the question, is all of this really necessary?
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The Playing Time Blame Game

By Dr. Bret Simmermacher, DSM Contributor, Sport and Fitness Network I can think of many reasons a coach may not play a player. Missing practice, struggling with academics, behavior issues, missing team functions frequently, unable to learn plays or concepts, and so on… Since when is it a right to be able to play just because you show up?
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Is Paying College Athletes The Answer?

By Dr. Bret Simmermacher Contributor, Sport and Fitness Network There is a huge push across the country to pay college athletes. In my humble opinion I think this would open a huge can of worms and eliminate many of the non revenue sports on college campuses today. There are only about 12-15 universities across the country that operate in the black when it comes to financing a college athletic program.
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The Truth About Making it to the Pros in Athletics

By Dr. Bret Simmermacher Sports & Fitness Network, Contributor When every young athlete begins their career they dream of making it big in the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), or Major League Baseball (MLB). What most people don’t tell them are the odds are against them of ever making it to that level. The number of high school athletes that actually go on to play college or professional sports is extremely competitive.
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