Coaching Basketball

My son got here home from school excited in regards to the summer job he had found. He was going to be coaching basketball for the summer. He has performed since he was a young boy, however teaching was going to be a brand new enterprise for him. My husband requested him what sort of fashion he was going to use in coaching basketball. The blank look my son gave him informed me that he had not thought about style.

We started speaking about the totally different approaches that there are to coaching any sport. My son stated that the coach he learned essentially the most from had a palms on approach. This coach would play with them and would present totally different methods throughout the course of the game. My husband pointed out that teaching is more than taking part in with the kids, there is also instructing elementary skills and staff work.

We started researching coaching basketball. There are a number of strategies that can be used to help in participant development. With coaching basketball there are the basics to teach, but additionally the concepts that go along with all workforce sports activities, reminiscent of crew play, sportsmanship and sharing. My son had not thought in regards to the a number of ideas that go together with teaching, he was taking a look at getting paid to do one thing that he enjoyed. He started to understand that coaching basketball was more than shooting hoops with younger kids.

My son beginning reading articles that targeted on constructing expertise and confidence ranges in kids via coaching. He was beginning to get involved that this summer job may be past his abilities. My husband and I reassured him that he’ll be capable of do that; he just needs to first believe in himself. Before you could be good at teaching or the rest; you will have to be able to be coached yourself. My son made an appointment to satisfy with the person that was the basketball coach when he played. This coach strengthened the factors that my son was studying about within the articles that he had researched. It’s essential to educate the basics of the game and group sports in a manner that kids will be taught, and have fun within the process.

My son starts coaching basketball in a couple of weeks. I already know that he has realized a great deal himself within the means of on the brink of do this. I believe that the coaching expertise goes to teach him many issues about himself over the course of this summer. He began out thinking that teaching was going to be fun, now he realizes that along with the enjoyable comes responsibility. I believe he has prepared himself well for the challenge.

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Enjoyable Soccer Games Online

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A lot of individuals are going crazy over football or soccer – this is certainly among the most popular games all over the world. You could see the thrill of people when it is soccer season or when the World Cup is fast approaching. This is a sport played by many as it could be a very effective exercise and this can encourage teamwork too. However, if the weather doesn’t permit you to play outside, there are several football games online that you could enjoy in the comfort of your home.

These soccer games will let you have that feeling that you’re part of a team and you may even have total control of these players in the game. Being online, you’ll be able to feel that you are Kaka or Ronaldo on the field which you’ll be able to also control and have your own dream team. Isn’t that fun?

Since this sport features a number of fans, computer companies who develop computer games have made many soccer games online which can be found to anyone. Having enormous soccer fans everywhere in the world, heaps of soccer merchandise is in demand hence the demand of soccer games online increased.

Most of the websites offering free football games or soccer games are usually downloadable and can be utilized for a particular period of time. Free demos are available if you have an interest in buying the entire software.  These games are affordable but make sure that this will be something that you really want. There are plenty of games to select online, from street soccer to free kicks. You can choose a variety of games from their top list and by registering on the website, you could be a top player when you score a number of points.
If you download these free soccer demos make it a point that the website is authentic since some carry a virus that may be very harmful to your computer. Make it a point that you check the web site thoroughly and that it really is certified by the appropriate authorities.

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2010-11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Predictions and Odds

I’m starting my NHL Central Division previews at the bottom, as the Columbus Blue Jackets finished the 2009-10 season with 35 wins and just 79 points, 11 behind fourth-place St. Louis. It was the first time the team had finished in the Central cellar since 2003 and the campaign was considered a huge disappointment after Columbus reached the playoffs the season before. That cost Coach Ken Hitchcock his job last winter, as a result Scott Arniel is the new coach.

There was certainly more than one reason for Columbus’ slide, but goalie Steve Mason took a huge step back after being a Vezina finalist in his 2008-09 rookie year when he led the NHL with 10 shutouts. Last season Mason’s save percentage of .901 was 37th out of 44 qualified goaltenders, while his goals against average of 3.08 was 38th. The Jackets dropped from ninth in the NHL in goals allowed (223) in 2008-09 to 24th (249) last season. Earlier this week, the Jackets locked up the 22-year-old with a two-year extension, keeping the goalie under contract for the next three years. The deal is for $ 5.8 million total. He reportedly lost 15 pounds this offseason and is in the best shape of his young career.

The Jackets still don’t have enough offense around superstar Rick Nash, who also took a step back in overall production last season with 33 goals and 34 assists. Everyone keeps waiting for him to turn into a 50-goal scorer. Thanks to solid seasonsfrom Antoine Vermette, Kristian Huselius, R.J. Umberger and Jakub Voracek, the Jackets had five 50-point scorers for the first time in franchise history. Yet the Blue Jackets sunk to 20th in the league in scoring last season, netting just 214 goals. Supposedly the Jackets will have a much more offensive system this year under Arniel.

Columbus Blue Jackets’ Offseason Moves
In all honesty, the team really didn’t make any big splashes in either direction (Ethan Moreau?) in offseason additions other than an entirely new coaching staff. Arniel, the fifth coach in franchise history, joins the Jackets after spending four seasons as coach of the Vancouver Canucks’ AHL affiliate. Veteran goalie Mathieu Garon was brought in to back up Mason. But the key move could be the return of 2008 first-round pick Nikita Filatov. After floundering early last year, he was allowed to play with CSKA Moscow of the KHL. In 26 KHL regular season games, Filatov had nine goals and 13 assists.

Columbus Blue Jackets Predictions: Outlook
Is this the surprise team of two seasons ago or the bottom-feeder of last year? A lot of that could depend on the new offensive system and Filatov and Derick Brassard stepping up. The latter had an impressive rookie season two years ago but then scored only nine goals in a tough third season. The hope is that he can end up next to Nash on the No. 1 line, which was the plan last season. But the Jackets really have the bad misfortune to be stuck in arguably the best division in hockey with powerhouses Chicago and Detroit, up-and-coming St. Louis and always-overachieving Nashville. Last place looks likely again. The Columbus Blue Jackets schedule starts out tough as they open the season at home against the defending Stanley Cup champs.

Columbus Blue Jackets Futures Odds
The NHL lines to win the Central Division or ‘over/under’ win odds weren’t active at press time for Columbus. Its odds to win the Western Conference are +5000, which are tied with Edmonton and Minnesota for the longest. The Jackets’ odds to win the Stanley Cup are +10000. Needless to say, it would not be wise to take a longshot on this team.

NHL Predictions for Columbus Blue Jackets
Hopefully this will at least be a more exciting team now that it won’t be under the complete defensive strategy favored by Hitchcock. And maybe Nash can carry the team to 85 points or the like. Columbus needs an infusion of something because fan support is waning, with season-ticket sales down more than 25 percent from last year.

Doc Moseman is one of the pioneers of the NHL handicapping industry. Check out his Web site for up-to-the-minute NHL Odds and his famous winning hockey picks.

2010-11 Buffalo Sabres NHL Predictions and Odds

Last season Buffalo got away from its all-offense, all-the-time mentality and found themselves back in the playoffs. Leaning on their defense while scoring the fewest goals since the 2004 NHL lockout, the Sabres returned to the playoffs after a two-year absence.

The 207 goals Buffalo allowed were the fewest since 2001-02 thanks to Vezina Trophy winner Ryan Miller. The United States Olympic hero had a career year, winning 41 games and posting a 2.22 GAA, both career highs to go along with his silver medal.

The other leader of the Buffalo defense, Tyler Myers, picked up some hardware of his own. He won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie last season. Unfortunately for Miller, Myers, and the rest of the Buffalo defense, keeping a D that ranked fourth last season in the league intact was not a priority of the front office this offseason.

Lindy Ruff, the longest tenured coach in the NHL, returns for his 13th season. Ruff has led the Sabres to the playoffs only three times in the last eight seasons, and if Buffalo fails to get into the postseason or even out of the first round again the angst in Buffalo will grow even larger.

The Sabres finished 45-27-10 last season with 100 points to win the Northeast Division and earn the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs they were dealt a tough blow when leading scorer Thomas Vanek was lost in the first round series against Boston.

The Buffalo Sabres schedule keeps them at home for four consecutive games after opening the season at Ottawa on Friday Oct. 8. A critical stretch for Buffalo comes in December when it meets Boston three times in three weeks.

Offseason Moves
The thinking of GM Darcy Regier must have been that the defensive success from last season had everything to do with Miller and Myers. Regier let defensemen Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman leave via free agency. Those two losses will have the greatest impact on the Sabres, but defenseman Jordan Leopold was brought in after a short stint with the Penguins and Shaone Morrisonn was signed after six years in Washington to help fill defensive holes. Center Rob Niedermayer (New Jersey) and winger Tim Conboy (Carolina) were two other low-risk free agent signings Regier oversaw this offseason.

Buffalo Sabres Predictions: Outlook
The heart and soul of last season’s team took a hit in the offseason when Tallinder and Lydman left, but this will still be a squad that makes its living by preventing goals, not by outscoring the opponent. Even though they are defending division champs, the Northeast division is Boston’s to lose. The Bruins proved that in a first round series win over Buffalo last season. Buffalo appears to have taken a step back from last season and this team will be forced to lean heavily on its goalie.

Buffalo Sabres Futures Odds
The reigning Northeast Division champions are not expected to repeat. Buffalo’s NHL betting odds are +450 to win the division, behind Boston (-150) and even Montreal and Ottawa (+400). The Sabres’ odds to win the Eastern Conference are +1800 and their odds to win the Stanley Cup are +3000. Their season win total ‘over/under’ is 43.5. Odds are courtesy of BetUS.

NHL Predictions for Buffalo Sabres
A lot will be asked of Miller and a lot will be asked of Myers, who is only a second year player. The defense will certainly regress and another 45-win season does not look to be in the books. Expect Buffalo to get close to 40 wins but stay ‘under’ the total of 43.5.

Doc Moseman is one of the pioneers of the NHL handicapping industry. Check out his Web site for up-to-the-minute NHL Odds and his famous winning hockey picks.

Baseball Drills – A Conversation With Myself

I haven’t exactly done the proper research to call this a FAQ, but they certainly are questions…that are asked..quite a bit..I think. Okay, it’s time to stop stumbling around an introductory sentence and get to the good stuff. Questions about baseball and baseball drills. This is a conversation I had with myself in my head, if it helps you follow along I asked the questions in my normal, Midwestern United States accent (I’m from Kansas) and answered them in a deep southern accent, a VERY bad southern southern accent.

Q: Is baseball our greatest American pastime?
A: Well, I reckon (sorry, I couldn’t resist) it probably should be. It is certainly our most timeless and precious pastime, but I would probably say that tailgating and NASCAR are our favorite pastimes.

Q: How can I become a better hitter?
A: Drills, Drills, Drills. There is only one way to become a better baseball player and that is to practice. It’s not enough just to practice though, you have to get make sure you get proper instruction and practice the right way. That way you don’t ever have to UNlearn anything.

Q: What are the best baseball drills to do to become a better hitter?
A: There are a ton of different baseball drills you can do to become a better hitter. The best drills are going to be the ones that provide a cure for your particular ailment. If you’re struggling with your step and your load, try soft toss to get the timing within your swing back, if you’re struggling keeping your head down and keeping your eye on the ball, try doing some tracking the ball drills to make sure you track the ball all the way into the catcher’s mitt, and if you want to improve bat speed, try the quick toss drill which is very similar to soft toss but the ball’s come in rapid succession.

Q: So this is all I have to do to become a better hitter?
A: Not exactly, there are a ton of different baseball drills that people use to make themselves a better hitter, and remember, there’s more to the game than just hitting.

Q: I have one more quick question, did you lose your southern accent halfway through our discussion. A: Well, I’ll be, it looks like I did fall out of character *sneeze* oh boy, looks like I’m getting a code. Anyways, get out there and study hitting, become a better student of the game and experiment with different drills and see which baseball drills work best for you. This is a great place to start it helped me a lot:
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Now I’ve got to go to bed…I’m tarred

Tips to Become Good Baseball Players

What good baseball players need to learn? The answer is pitching. However, until a boy gets out of high school, he just need to develop two basic pitches-the curve and the fast ball. In the first place, he’ll get four pitches with the fast ball alone-low inside, low outside, high inside, high outside. If he then learns to change the speed of each pitch, he can double his assortment.

The overall grip is the same for the curve and fast ball; forefinger and middle finger spread in a comfortable V on top of the ball, thumb underneath. For the fast ball from the overhand or three-quarter delivery, the hand should be directly behind the ball. When the ball leaves the hand it should rotate upward, or toward the pitcher. To make this spin more effective, pitchers usually grip the ball across the stitches-some across the fat part of the figure 8 pattern, some at the narrow part.

To throw the curve, the pitcher makes the ball spin, or rotate, away from the hitter at an angle. He wants the ball to go out and down; not on a horizontal plane or “flat.” To accomplish this, run the top fingers along the stitches. Go slowly through the delivery as with the fast ball.

At the forward snap of the wrist, twist the hand outward and bear down on the outside finger. Beginners should first learn to twirl the ball at the proper angle. (It’s a good idea to paint a large black spot on one side of the ball to help get the correct angle to the spin.)

To improve a pitcher’s control, managers might consider erecting a set of “strings”. Here’s how it’s done: stretch a string between two poles, or trees at average shoulder height. Stretch out another one at knee height. Then tie two pieces of twine, 12″ apart, to the top string and loop both around the bottom string. The rectangle forms the strike zone. To complete the job, build a pitching mound in front of the strings at the proper distance.

The Windup

Let’s switch to the body movements now, using the three-quarter delivery as our example since it is the most popular. Two basic positions are employed-the full windup and the “stretch”. The full windup is used mostly when the bases are unoccupied. In professional ball, it is used when runners are on 3rd, on 2nd and 3rd or on 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Pitchers usually “stretch” with runners on 1st, or 1st and 2nd, and also 1st and 3rd.

Good baseball players at eight years old probably should first be taught to throw from the stretch position and then gradually be introduced to the full windup. Before starting any move, the pitcher must learn how and where to stand on the mound. The rules say he must have one foot in contact with the pitching rubber until the ball is delivered.

This means his pitching foot-the right foot for a right hander, the left for a southpaw-is to be an the plate at the start of windup and remain in contact until the body is in the final part of the delivery cycle. (The pitcher cannot step forward to the pitching plate and make that part of the windup.)

The toe of the pitching foot ought to extend over the forward edge of the rubber with the heel on top. The weight should be on the back foot, located comfortably behind the rubber. The pitching hand holds the ball out of the batter’s sight behind the pitching leg.

As soon as the pitcher gets his eyes on the target, with the catcher in proper receiving position, he can start his move.

Remember that faithful, regular practice is the best way to improve all aspects of your game. Good baseball players are made, not born!

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The Beauty Of Spring Training Baseball

When I was a kid my dad used to take me and my brother to spring training games down in Florida for the weekend. This was always a weekend of sun, fun, catching multiple games a day and meeting a lot of young players who would go on to be superstars. I came to treasure these times not only because it was great family time, but because it would ignite a lifelong love of spring training. It not only meant that the sun was coming out again, but that it was a new beginning for everyone in baseball.

During the off-season you would always here about baseball players getting ready for the season. In the dark days of December you would read about their workout regimens, about how they would spend their mornings learning how to mix HCG, then going out to train at their indoor gym all afternoon long. What spring training meant is that everything was starting anew and that the training regime would now begin to pay off on the actual field. It was like the beginning of spring and a sign that things would begin changing.

My favorite thing to do at spring training was watch the pitchers. Unlike just about any other position in sports, pitching is about finding your rhythm. It’s about getting back that fastball that you last left on the mound four months ago. Spring training for a pitcher is about making sure your speed and control doesn’t slip. It’s about trying to perfect your art.

During spring training, outside of bullpen work managers don’t like to have their pitchers on the mound for too long. It is possible to wear your pitcher out if you push them too hard out of the gate. You watch managers bring their pitchers into spring training games for about 2 innings at a time and just when a pitcher is about to hit his stride you take him out. It’s all about coaxing a pitcher to slowly get to his full potential. Start them at 70% and slowly build them up so that when they are ready for opening day they are at a full 100%. This is why managers get paid so much and are much smarter than the average sports fan: they know about patience and they about finding the best way to get the most out of their playoffs. Its reasons like that why there is nothing quite like spring training baseball.

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Total Soccer Fitness Reports

Players who have interaction inside a soccer health and fitness coaching application need to certainly have a very conditioning edge in excess of players who really don’t function out regularly. A fantastic soccer physical fitness coaching application ought to consist of a number of elements of health. This indicates this system must also involve proper nutrition, eating and drinking routines, and hydration. Many people think that taking part in soccer will get them in form, and after time it might just do that, but they should actually be in good condition just before enjoying the sport.

If gamers participate in a soccer conditioning teaching method they actually must adhere to it and not choose any shortcuts for it to get genuinely effective. It is really these types of a physically-demanding sport that staying hydrated even though taking part in and practicing is vital. Getting drinks prior to, in the course of, and after video games is critical to assist the body discontinue from becoming dehydrated.

In case you supply your body with ample carbohydrates prior to, for the duration of, and immediately after taking part in, it is going to support to maintain your blood glucose levels from falling too minimal and may also aid to help keep the human body’s glycogen amounts intact. To stay hydrated, you would like a drink that is often easily absorbed into your whole body. If a drink has electrolytes in it, this can permit the stomach empty it rapidly, promote absorption, and retain your fluid amounts.

Simple h2o would not truly support as it leads to bloating, can suppress your thirst, and doesn’t have any carbohydrates and electrolytes in it. Drinking normal water signifies you are not planning to become thirsty any lengthier, but you have not digested sufficient water to replace what’s been lost yet.

Your soccer conditioning coaching method need to see you drinking sports activities drinks. Those drinks are better for you as they’ve fluid, electrolytes and carbohydrates in them. Having said that, you will find essentially 3 varieties of sports activities drinks accessible, which might be isotonic, hypotonic and hypertonic. Hypertonic drinks possess a high level of carbohydrates, although hypotonic drinks employ a lower degree.

Hypertonic drinks are used to replenish muscle glycogen merchants. In case you’re by using up a good deal of vitality, these drinks is often consumed for the duration of participate in to gratify your strength needs. Nevertheless, in the event you drink them for the duration of pastime, they have to have for being consumed with isotonic drinks to adequately exchange the fluids. Hypotonic drinks speedily substitute misplaced fluids and therefore are excellent for gamers who want the fluids devoid of the carbohydrates. Isotonic drinks are the most well-liked as they are able to swiftly change misplaced fluids and raise your carbohydrate level.

Your soccer health teaching application must see you drinking at least 10 to 12 ounces of fluid just ahead of you follow and enjoy to keep hydrated. When you’re likely to generally be actively playing for a smaller amount than an hour you don’t should fear about drinking nearly anything with carbohydrates in it. H2o will do. Nevertheless, should you’re heading being energetic for above 60 minutes, you must drink something that has about 5 to seven for every cent of carbohydrates in it.

Whilst you have to replenish the body with fluids and electrolytes, you will need for making guaranteed you do not overdo it as this may lead to h2o intoxication. This could lead to disorientation, convulsions, comas, shock, and inside most extreme circumstances, even dying. If you’re putting along a soccer health instruction method you should take into account consulting a health-related specialist for tips to understand just how much fluid to drink and what forms.

A good soccer conditioning instruction program ought to contain cardio and anaerobic workouts and also allow you already know what sorts of foods to eat and once you should be consuming them to put together your energy amounts to their highest. It is really a great strategy to obtain a health and fitness professional or skilled design and style a soccer conditioning training method as they know the best way to get one of the most out of your human body.

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2010-11 New York Islanders NHL Predictions and Odds

There are two ways to look at the New York Islanders current situation. There is the positive of an 18-point increase from the 2008-09 season to last year, but a third straight Atlantic Division last-place finish also lets you know just how far the Islanders have to go.

Under GM Garth Snow the Islanders have been moving in the right direction over the course of the past few years. Even with the positive steps that have been taken the Islanders still have a long road to travel and tangible postseason results are still off in the distance.

The first overall pick in the 2009 draft, John Tavares, is the unquestioned future of this team. He scored 24 goals last season including 11 power-play goals, best on the team. He finished with 54 points and another major step forward in his career should be expected this season. Matt Moulson scored a quiet 30 goals last season to lead the team and winger Kyle Okposo is another young talent with a lot of potential.

The offense was not exactly great last season (21st in the NHL), but it was far from the Islanders biggest problem. Allowing 3.15 goals per game last season, New York finished a dismal 28th in defense in the league.

The goalie situation is also an area of concern. Rick DiPietro is as fragile as they come in the NHL. The Islanders still want him as the goalie of the future, but until he proves he can last an entire season, or at least half a season, New York will lean on 40-year old veteran Dwayne Roloson. He played in 50 games last season, considerably more than the Islanders wanted to. However, they had no choice.

Scott Gordon is in the final year of his three-year contract and he may not see the next calendar year if this Islanders season starts the way so many before it have.

The New York Islanders schedule is tough enough considering 24 of their games are against Atlantic Division rivals: New Jersey, New York Rangers, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In addition to that the Islanders play 12 of their first 17 games on the road, an unbelievably tough stretch for a team who went 11-23-7 on the road last season.

Offseason Moves
The key moves this offseason were aimed at bolstering the third worst defense in the NHL. The Islanders signed Mark Eaton, formerly of Pittsburgh, and dealt a draft pick for James Wisniewski, a four-year veteran fresh off a career year (30 points in 69 games) with Anaheim. They will join veteran holdover Mark Streit as leaders of a defense that at the very least will be an upgrade from last season.

The Islanders parted ways with backup goalie Martin Biron (New York Rangers), which could come back and bite the team if Roloson or DiPietro are forced to miss extended time. There is no other goalie on the roster with NHL experience. Former Lightning enforcer and highlight of most hockey fighting compilations, Zenon Konopka, is another noteworthy addition to the Islanders. He led the NHL with 265 penalty minutes last season.

New York Islanders Predictions: Outlook
Another 30-goal season seems to be a lot to ask from Moulson, but Tavares and Okposo are capable of taking that next step in their development. The defense will improve, but the goalie situation has the potential to deteriorate and derail this season.

New York Islanders Futures Odds
The Islanders NHL betting odds for season wins total ‘over/under’ is the lowest in the NHL at 32.5. They are long shots to win the Atlantic Division (+2500), the Eastern Conference (+5000) and obviously the Stanley Cup (+10,000).

NHL Predictions for New York Islanders
Give credit to the Islanders for having a plan and sticking to it. If Snow and Gordon are given time the Islanders could make another step in the right direction this season, but a drastic improvement off of their 13th-place Eastern Conference finish last season should not be expected. If New York is blessed with healthy goalies they should be able to surpass 32.5 wins.

Doc Moseman is one of the pioneers of the NHL handicapping industry. Check out his Web site for up-to-the-minute NHL Odds and his famous winning hockey picks.

The Key to Heaven – Dreams and Baseball

Dreams can be conceptual, teaching us a specific lesson, or they can be prophetic, a promise of what is yet to come. I dreamed last night that one of my stepsons asked about coming to Christ. He inquired if simply being a good person could get one into Heaven? Of course, the answer is “No”.

Imagine you are the coach of a youth baseball team (an analogy my stepson would identify with.) At the beginning of the season you told the kids that if they each played well they would go to the ultimate tournament in a great location, a trip every player was hungry to take. No one wanted to miss such an unparalleled opportunity.

The deal was, each player had to make a real commitment to practice, to improve, and to stay focused on the coach.

At the end of the season the team paid for a slot at the tournament. Travel arrangements were made for the trip. As the roster of players was read, certain names were not included…some of them the best players. What?

My stepson asked me how that made sense. The team had earned the trip; why would a coach leave some really good players behind?

The answer was one of commitment. The ‘team’ had not earned the trip, but each player had worked to secure their seat on the flight to the tournament. The deal made at the start of the season was between each individual player and the coach. Personal growth was the basis of the offer made to earn this trip of a lifetime, not team success.

Sure, there were some gifted kids who demonstrated naturally superior skills for the elements of baseball. However, they had not accepted the offer made at the beginning of the season. They did not commit; they did not improve; they simply rested on their innate abilities and offered nothing more. They rejected the offer; therefore they were not invited to the tournament.

The tournament was the reward for commitment, work and responsibility. Those who stepped up received the reward. Those who looked good without commitment failed to live up to the agreement. They refused the offer; they did not gain the reward.

Natural ability is seldom an important ingredient when life lessons are learned. It is what we do with our natural gifts that matters most. The stories that teach and touch us the most are those where a person does amazing things through effort and endurance – far surpassing what their natural abilities would indicate was possible. What glory does the Lord receive by the demonstration of our natural abilities? None. He chose uneducated fishermen to be His disciples. Their ministry success could never be considered the result of their personal achievement. Their stories are meaningful because only God could be the author of them.

Should we reward a pretty girl for simply being pretty? Sure, it happens, but physical beauty fades. It is learning to overcome our shortcomings that builds character and self-esteem. Faith allows us to accept the offer made by Jesus Christ. We must come to Him – only by making the commitment and putting forth the effort will we gain the reward.

The narrow gate to heaven is never opened by natural ability. The combination is only discovered through faith and commitment.

So, how did the dream end? The fact that my stepson asked the question in the first place indicated that his ears were now open. He left our conversation and went to speak with his family, his wife and our grandchildren. They accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, though someone else led that prayer.

It is often the case that someone other than the one who planted the seed or watered the crop brings in the harvest. It doesn’t matter how, it doesn’t matter whom. What matters is that when we enter the narrow gate to heaven our family will be complete.

Only time will tell if my dream was conceptual or prophetic. I pray it is the latter. Are you betting your life on just looking good? There is only one key that will unlock the narrow gate – Jesus Christ.

Lynn M. Baber is a Christian writer, business woman, and retired equine professional. She shares the lessons learned in thirty-five years at the business table and in the round pen with her readers. Lynn frequently uses the human-horse relationship as a metaphor for the God-human relationship. Her mission is to share a message of God’s grace and encourage His children to gather closer to “home.” Her new book, “Amazing Grays-Amazing Grace” is scheduled for release in early 2010.
Visit Lynn at http://AmazingGrays.us