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Build more rotational power in the hips, core and upper body using the Sled Drill. (Video)
Three unique hitting drills in a 4 minute video: Inside/outside pitch; curve ball flip; Willie May Bottle Cap
The two tee duelling Drill video
Vision Hitting Drill –video
Five essential building blocks for baseball hitting success
Line Drive hitting target drill
A “slump buster” plan for hitters (video)
Coloured Ball drill (video)
Step in hitting – ProTeach video
Eight hitting mistakes to watch for and how to correct them
Five Steps to a perfect baseball swing
Perception Hitting drill done during Bullpen simulation – video
Strength and Conditioning drills – ProTeach video
The Strike Zone Drill and Pivot Hip Drill (video)
To start, set up a batting tee so that the ball is at waist height for your batter. Position your batter so he is standing at the tee as if hitting a ball up the middle. Have your batter hold a bat behind his back by bending both arms at the elbow and placing the knob end of the bat in the crook of his front elbow and the the barrel end in the crook of the back elbow. (Note: this drill works best when using the longest bat you can find. I’ve even used a long, large dowel with great success). Next, place a ball on the tee and have your hitter hit while keeping the bat behind his back, held in place by his elbows.
Give each batter a chance to hit 10 balls with the bat behind their back. This drill FORCES players to turn their hips correctly during their swing.
#4 – Poor eyesightIn many cases, struggling hitters simply have trouble tracking the ball because their eyesight is poor. Does the athlete wear glasses off the field? If so, can he have some sport goggles or shatterproof glasses made to play baseball in?
#3 – Swinging too hard.If your hitter looks off-balance and out of control in the finish phase of the swing, he’s probably swinging too hard. Teach him to swing through the ball with a smooth, controlled stroke.
#2 – No “2-strike approach”Many youth and high school hitters fail to make an adjustment for 2-strike situations. An easy way to increase your chances of making contact when the pitcher has the advantage is to choke up 2 inches on the bat. This shortens the swing and improves the chances of putting the ball into play.
#1 – Bat too heavyMany young hitters have a tendency to use too much bat, causing them to pull off the ball with the front side. Below is a useful guide for bat selection, based on a study by the University of Arizona.
Little League (7-10 yrs)
Player Height Bat Weight48-50″ 16-17 oz.51-54″ 17-18 oz.55-59″ 18-19 oz.60 ” 19-20 oz.
Youth League (11-13 yrs)Player Weight Bat Weight70-80 lbs. 18-19 oz.81-100 lbs. 19-20 oz.101-120 lbs. 20-21 oz.121-140 lbs. 21-22 oz.141 lbs. 22-23 oz.
High School & CollegePlayer Height Bat Weight
66-68″ 27-28 oz.69-72″ 28-29 oz.73-76″ 29-30 oz.77 ” 30-31 oz.
Note that weight is the determining factor for younger players, and height is more important for high school kids and above.
There are some standard rules of thumb in selecting the appropriate bat length. The charts below offer some guidelines based on age and weight and height.
Determining the Right Bat Weight
Caledon Minor Baseball Assocation
Jays Care Foundation