Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Coaching Baseball Batters - 3 base Baseball Swing Mistakes and Corrections

Coaching youth and high school baseball batters requires a watchful eye and close attention to detail. Baseball coaches must recognize and spoton any flaw in batting hitting mechanics. Players should not be allowed to institution their swing over and over without correcting their mistakes. Good baseball coaches are all the time on the constant surveillance for any bad habits that a young player may develop. Here I discuss three of the most base hitting mechanical flaws and my arrival to correcting each. Here are three base mistakes I often see at my baseball camps and when I study youth games and youth practices.

1) Barring The Front Arm - The batter locks or stiffens the front arm as the swing begins. Many young batters will have assumed the spoton stance and inaugurate positions but have a tendency to tighten up as the swing begins. The barring of the front arm causes the swing to loop and to be too long. The batter has great strangeness taking the bat to the ball and making sense unless the ball is thrown exactly on the swing plane. The permissible swing has a "short stroke" or path to the ball. The best way to spoton barring of the front arm is to make sure that the batter keeps the front arm elbow bent or at an "L" position prior and during the swing.

Baseball Batting Net

2) Stepping Out Or Pulling Off Pitches - I often see this with young kids in our summer camp program. They all the time step out or their front side often flies open before the ball arrives. This batter has great strangeness making contact. Until this flaw is corrected, the batter will only come to be frustrated and embarrassed. To keep the front shoulder in the permissible "closed" position, teach the batter to keep the front shoulder finished and directed at the second baseman for right-handed batters and toward the shortstop for left-handed batters. The stepping out is a more difficult flaw to fix. Having the batter pick the front heel off the ground and stepping just slightly toward the plate may help. I frown on putting obstructions behind the front foot to keep it from curious backward, although many coaches do this to stop this bad habit. I often use the "step in and hit: drill with a hit trainer, Bat activity machine or batting tee. The batter assumes a position back away from the ball target that requires the batter to step toward the ball in order to make contact. If the batter does not step toward or into the ball, the batter will not be able to hit the ball.

Coaching Baseball Batters - 3 base Baseball Swing Mistakes and Corrections

3) Upper Cut Swing - The upper cut swing may be caused by two things that are speedily identified Dropping the hands and back leg collapse can both cause the batter to swing upward. Make sure that the batter keeps the hands at the top of the strike zone and does not drop the hands or dip the back side shoulder during the swing. The back leg should be keep "tall or straight" to prevent back side dipping which can also cause an upper-cut swing. Two great drills that we use to stop this is the "Zone Circle" tee or soft-toss drill. We make a circle the side of our batting cage by inter-weaving a white or yellow rope in the net. The batter must hit or drive the ball off the tee or from a soft-toss into the circle. The batter must have a level swing and keep the front side in to be able to hit the zone.

Coaching Point: Make sure that the batter is not over striding. This too can cause a batter to pop up. The batter must integrate visually on the top half or middle of the ball to make good contact.

Coaching Baseball Batters - 3 base Baseball Swing Mistakes and Corrections

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Part 2 - approved Components

The Optimal & Recommended Products

Baseball Batting Net

I do have my favorites. All tend to be connected with hitting and pitching, though speed, defense and force products can shape into this category...dependent upon your enterprise model.

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Batting Cages & Tunnels

This is the backbone of your work space and is of sublime importance... You don't want to buy this stuff twice!

Most indoor facilities tend to use a cabling ideas to hang their nets as opposed to the steel framework you see at a typical ballpark. We can help you design and decree on your choices.

Standard sizes cages are more cheap and will fit most, so see if these sizes will fit you:

(and yes, we can custom-build for your unique building)

Recommended approved Sizes

12 ft H x 14 ft W x 55 ft L

12 ft H x 14 ft W x 70 ft L

Please do Not buy 12 ft wide cages if you can avoid this...they are just too small for your Lh and Rh hitters and will potentially drive you nuts on a daily basis. You will probably have premature wear from Rh hitters who consequent through and graze the net.

We understand that many or even most facilities are housed in structure that have been converted from other use... One more calculate to be dealing with someone with experience.

Here's a few more helpful thoughts on the field of batting cages and nets:

The length of your cages will not decree the time to come success of your hitters... But pitchers must practice at their game-distances. So, you can save some money and costly space utilizing shorter cages for hitters. The weight (strength) of your netting is of top importance...there are variations in materials, and how they are knotted... Boring stuff but this will decree function, longevity and your extreme price.

Please speak with us about your options if you are unclear as to your available choices ...please Do Not Shop By Length, Width, Height And Price Only!

The extreme price of your nets will comprise their years of service!

Pitcher's L Screens

Buy one for every batters cage. I like the 7 ft x 7 ft and for real recommend good ones...not necessarily the Pro Stuff. Much of that tends to be too big (8 ft x 8 ft), and too heavy for indoor use. Just make sure you are getting very heavy pillow case-style netting (we carry two strengths of net) because you will be very close to batters and need heavy double-sided netting that is thick sufficient to reasonably assure that you will see your next birthday. And Yes, do get the wheel kits...and thank me later.

Turf & Stance Mats

Concrete floors eat balls and are very difficult for coaches to stand on for hours every day.

Turf is a very favorite but costly piece of your budget. We happen to be based in Atlanta, Georgia where most turf is artificial so we have spent many hours learning inside these plants. Turf is graded and designed for discrete sports and applications so all synthetic athletic turf is not all created equal. Please call and let us help you in development these decisions.

Home Plate Stance Mats are 6 ft x 12 ft heavy synthetic turf batters mats that are both spike-proof and weather-proof and should last you many years without showing failure. Most have the parallel-only lines of the batters box tufted in with white turf, basic models have rubber painted homeplates, deluxe have flocked white homeplates, All our stance mats are matched with a heavy, thick backer for cushioning and keep indoors or out and will last for many years without failure!

Turf Infield - An extreme Tool That Separates Your premise From the Pack

Any premise that contains a large sufficient turfed area for taking infield practice cannot be beaten by new or existing competition that don't have same abilities...especially in colder weather areas. It is a large investment but one that totally escalates any premise to an elite status.

Please call us to discuss and for some advise. The info we will need are your dimensions and what type of existing floor that you have.

Pitching Machines

  • Iron Mike Arm Style Machines aka specialist Pitching machine Model Mp4 or Mp6.

These workhorses are roughly identical but carry a hefty price difference.

Each can be set up for baseball or softball use (and changed in 5 minutes or less). You can dump up to 600 bb or 400 sb in the large hopper. comprise is a Free corded remote control, excellent for teaching and to help keep the area safer. These models throw precise fastballs-only at speeds fluctuating from 25 to 85 mph every 7 seconds... With very minute maintenance development them excellent for heavy users and pro ballclubs alike. They will accomplish for years without problem or issue!

  • Bata Brand Wheel-Type Pitching Machines

The benefit of this type of pitching machine is that many can be set up to throw Lh and Rh breaking balls as well as fastballs... All at discrete speeds (usually manually adjusted). The disadvantage is that they wish auto ball feeders or a 2nd someone to hand feed the machine. Although prominent and for real recommended, I would buy only the good stuff, such as our Bata Brand, which we have carried for over 7 years without one motor replacement...and the wheels seem to go forever even in heavy duty Spring training or Institutional use...just a great machine (Fyi - I recommend the Bata 2 but the newer Bata 3 is the newest and very favorite in facilities for its randomization of fastballs or breaking balls without adjustment).

Portable Pitching Mounds

6" Tall Mounds for up to age 12

10" Tall for adult size players (If purchasing one size, select the adult sizes).

Leather Baseballs & Leather Softballs

Balls are a recurring cost and one you should think about from the beginning.

Pitchers must throw good leather baseballs however no pitchers Era will improve because you purchased the best game balls you can find. Same goes for your hitters though you have more choices for them (see below).

I for real like Wilson A 1030 practice balls that come with a 6 gallon Tall coaches bucket and snap-lid. Regular 5 gallon buckets are too short and can make your back ache over they hold 20% less. These are priced right and do seem to last as long as you'd expect.

Wilson A 1015 Baseballs is as good a ball as any training premise might need. Nice seams and good feel too. They have a "B" grade cover ("A" being the best) A great ball for a bit more money. No bucket included. Sold by the dozen and savings by the 10 dozen case.

My personal favorite ball for pitching machines is Baden Brand Ballistic Leather machine Pitch Baseballs. This is a new conception where the ball has lower seams to throw straighter pitches with less resistance from the high spin rate of the pitching machine tires or wheels plus it is stitched with Kevlar, the bullet-proof vest material. This reduces the premature wear even good game balls will experience, as they are stitched with for real breakable cotton string.

Needless to say, these balls outlast most any good potential leather balls when used in your pitching machines. Prices are surprisingly low. buy by the dozen with savings by the 10 dozen case!

Dimple Balls are for real practical and the selection for many heavy use hitting facilities. They are graded like anything else so many population who have had bad luck with them shape that they are all bad. The truth is that many are bad and we only carry a pro ball. This means that not only are they "sting free" (meaning that they are not hard as rocks, which can damage costly metal bats and raise hell with wheel-type pitching machines). But they don't feel like you are hitting a tomato either... Ours for real have a nice pop to them and they travel well.

Yellow machine pitch dimple balls - this is the standard... Sold by the dozen and by money-saving 10 dz case for baseball and 6 dz case for our 12 inch softballs.

What a great idea... These long lasting dimple balls look like a real game ball to the hitter!

Turf Infield

This is the extreme for any indoor whole turfed infield area for team and private defensive work. Due to the cost , many who select to do this will arrange their batting cage layout so that cages can be pulled to one end of the building by "shower curtain rod" method for double use of the same area. Again, you may want to call us to discuss ideas.

Sport exact Speed and agility training days or hours can also be added to more than elaborate this cost and build more streams of income while for real helping players improve quicker...all under one roof!

Hitting Stations

Wasting practice time is a huge sin that we have all watched over and over... Players are bored and skills may not get taught or committed to muscle memory while players are waiting their turn in the cage.

Anytime you can use machinery to "multiply " your coaching staff, you and your players will benefit. Most tool is not designed for your heavy, daily use so be a bit catious when choosing.

The above are great teaching and learning ideas that will also add income streams.

They concentrate the cornerstones of building good repeatable swings and come from some great inventors of modern baseball training aids.

Please reconsider these as opportunities to both you as a flourishing and innovative innovator. Don't short-change your kids on the maximum potential learning that new and modern teaching ideas can give them!

Remember, any minute extra space can be put to good use If you give it some thought. reconsider every station you utilize outdoors and call us to discuss how we may be able to help you design and bring it indoors.

  1. Batting Tee Stations
  2. Soft Toss Stations - automatic

We have the best soft toss machine I have ever used... And it can be utilized for baseball and fastpitch with no change over or down time! Its also on wheels and moves in aand out of cages with no hassle.

  1. Soft Toss Stations - hand-operated - We have an excellent selection of transported and stationary net and protection screens practice applications too!
  2. Stationary Hitting Stations - Many need only one someone to operate. Some are attached to fence posts, some are free standing. Se what fits and extra corner you had no plans for. It all adds up!
  3. Underload & Overload Training Devises

See Bratt's Weighted Bats, Edge Power Weighted Gloves, SwftStick Underload Training Bats, Ripken Kinect Training Bats. Great stuuf that will hold up to your heavy use.

Additional Items We Find Useful

  1. Radar Guns - This link shows you all our offerings but one good one with a padded case is all you need. The best radar gun on the market, bar none, is the Stalker Brand baseball & Softball Radar Gun. This is what Mlb Scouts use... Period. Our connection with the constructor has given us a window into what the good radar guns should do (technology evolves and so do these fine instruments). The newest models are for real excellent to the older approved models that still dominate Big League Baseball. But since they hold up so well, it will be some seasons before the new And Less costly models are seen begin carried by today's pro scouts. Click to see the new and older model Stalker Radar Guns.
  2. Bleachers and Bench Seating
  3. Pitching Targets, Nets & Screens - we carry most all size and strengths in catch nets, hitters sock nets, baffle nets and cage dividers, attack Zone Pads, Zip Nets for carport opportunity types of applications. Many of our screens have optional wheel kits for true portablility (more prominent than you might think).
  4. Pitchers Rubbers, Throwdown Bases and connected items.
  5. Aluminum bats, wood training bats, one handed bats, good potential one size fits all helmets with and without facemasks. These are all indispensable as many of your students may not even own some of these basics.
  6. Shatterproof full length mirrors
  7. Video Software for pitchers and hitters (requires a video camera)

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