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11-21-2007, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Sportacus View Post
As has been said, just practice stickhandling a ball while paying attention to something else. It's probably better not to focus too long on anything in particular, but to notice everythign you can about your surroundings.

As stupid as this may sound, if you have the personnel and space available, stickhandle a ball while you have a friend throw stuff at you, and try to dodge while maintaining control of the ball. After a while, you'll start not even thinking about the ball, and your hands will be kind of on auto-pilot.

If it is common where you are (I starting hitting @ 9 years old) that people start hitting in high school, then one of your first practices, or even several are likely to have hitting drills, some of which are all about keeping your head up.
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