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by Christopher Annino
Mohegan Sun simultaneously hosted the World Baseball and World Softball Coaches’ Conventions at the end of January. The 2010 Mohegan Sun World Baseball Coaches Convention ran the 21st through 23rd and the Softball Convention was a one-day event on January 21st. Both events were sponsored by Gold Orluck & Partners and America’s Game and had a tremendously successful turnout of coaches, players and fans from throughout the nation.
For the baseball portion, experts, such as Manager Bobby Valentine, Team USA Coach Dan McDonnell, Oakland A’s Centerfielder Rajai Davis, gave tremendous talks on the fundamentals of the game. Olympic Gold Medallists Jessica Mendoza and Crystl Bustos, softball superstar Jennie Finch and NCAA legend Sue Enquist were a few of the key speakers for the softball portion of the event.
Other additional speakers and guests were renowned sports psychology consultant Ken Ravizza, MLB Analyst Hazel Mae, and Sports Yoga Instructor Gwen Lawrence. Not only did coaches and experts alike go over hitting and fielding, but one of the main focus points that each key presenter went over was the importance of teamwork and how the game should be respectfully played. The audience was allowed to ask questions after each of the speakers presentations.