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Baseball’s Tag up Rule

Having gained investment analysis experience with Sunflower Capital Partners and Atlantic Trust, among other firms, Scott Bushley now serves as a partner responsible for finance and business operations with Granite Point Capital in Boston. Residing in the nearby community of Cohasset, Scott Bushley is the coordinator for Cohasset Major League and a volunteer baseball coach.

In baseball, the batter doesn’t have to record a hit in order to drive in a run. Runs can be generated via baseball’s tag-up rule that allows players on base to advance, provided they wait until after the ball has been caught. If a player leaves the base once the ball is struck, he or she will have to return to the base before making an attempt to advance to the next base.

For instance, a player on third base can score a run for his or her team by tagging up and advancing on a fly ball if there are less than two outs. In order to improve the chances of crossing home plate safely, the player should return to third base once the ball has been hit and determine, with assistance from the third-base coach, if it was hit deep enough to advance to home plate. Once the ball comes into contact with the outfielder’s glove, the runner should push off third base and sprint home to beat the relay throw.

Most Accomplished Olympic Alpine Skiers

Kjetil Andre Aamodt
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Cohasset, Massachusetts-based financial executive Scott Bushley has served as a partner with Granite Point Capital since 2018, prior to which he directed global distribution at BNY Mellon Investment Management. Outside of his professional pursuits, Scott Bushley enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing.

Alpine skiing has been a fixture at the Winter Olympics since 1936 and includes disciplines such as downhill, giant slalom, and alpine combined. Below are the three most decorated alpine skiing athletes in Olympic history:

1. Kjetil Andre Aamodt. With a total of eight medals, four of which are gold, Aamodt is the most accomplished Olympic alpine skier of all time. He won his first gold in super-G at the Albertville Games in 1992 and later won gold in the discipline in Salt Lake City (2002) and Turin (2006). He also won gold in alpine combined in Salt Lake City.

2. Bode Miller. A 41-year-old native of Easton, New Hampshire, Miller is a five-time Olympian who won six medals between 1998 and 2014. He won his only gold medal in the alpine combined event at the Vancouver Games in 2010 and also three silver and two bronze medals.

3. Janica Kostelic – The most accomplished female alpine skier of all time, Kostelic won four gold and two silver medals between 1998 and 2006. She was particularly impressive during the Salt Lake City Games in 2002 as she won three gold medals and finished second in the super-G.

CYBSA Conduct Expectations for Coaches

Cohasset Youth Baseball and Softball Association
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Formerly overseeing global distribution strategy at BNY Mellon Investment Management, Scott Bushley became a partner and head of finance and business operations at Granite Point Capital in 2018. Beyond his professional endeavors, Scott Bushley is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cohasset Youth Baseball and Softball Association (CYBSA).

In order to promote and protect positive values of fair play, teamwork, and sportsmanship, the CYBSA maintains a code of conduct that guides coach interactions with players, opposing coaches, umpires, and even parents and fans. When interacting with players, coaches are prohibited from yelling or using laudatory language. Coaches can discipline players by restricting them to the dugout or dismissing them from games or practice. Players can even be removed from a team if warranted and with approval from the CYBSA Board of Directors.

Yelling from the dugout at opposing coaches is also prohibited. Coaches should only address each other between innings and in the presence of the umpire. Moreover, they should only address umpires in a respectful manner between innings and with their permission. Finally, coaches should ignore comments from parents or fans during the game and use appropriate language when speaking with them following the game.

Characteristics of a Good Youth Sports Coach

The recipient of an MBA in finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, Scott Bushley leverages more than 20 years of experience in the financial services sector to provide leadership and strategic direction for the Granite Point Capital, a hedge fund in Boston. Outside of his professional pursuits, Scott Bushley serves on the Board of Directors of the Cohasset Youth Baseball & Softball Association and has been a youth baseball coach for the past six years.

Youth sports coaches play an integral role in the enjoyment and skill development of young athletes. While winning is a desired outcome, a good youth coach helps his or her players cope with disappointment, learn from mistakes, and develop resilience. They should also be adept in teaching social and team skills and provide positive reinforcement.

While reinforcing good habits or plays is an important aspect of coaching at the youth level, coaches can still emphasize areas of improvement through effective feedback. An effective coach will start by identifying something positive before noting a particular skill that needs to be improved.

In addition, effective youth sports coaches should be patient and teach respectful behavior and good sportsmanship practices to their players.