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    Youth Baseball hitting drills?

    Hey baseball coaches,

    Whats are the main youth baseball hitting drills you do with your kids ball teams?

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    Re: Youth Baseball hitting drills?

    It sucks, but hitting off a tee for fundamentals.

    Soft tossing balls from one knee to their front hip.



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    Re: Youth Baseball hitting drills?

    Depends on the age. For the 7 year olds, I place a small lawn chair in front of them, and tell them to swing over the top of it. Good way to teach them level swings. Also, I make a point to hit every one of them at some point during BP so they realize that it's not painful (we use a soft baseball, and I don't throw it that hard. BTW some of those kids can really move.)


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    Re: Youth Baseball hitting drills?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycloin View Post
    Depends on the age. For the 7 year olds, I place a small lawn chair in front of them, and tell them to swing over the top of it. Good way to teach them level swings. Also, I make a point to hit every one of them at some point during BP so they realize that it's not painful (we use a soft baseball, and I don't throw it that hard. BTW some of those kids can really move.)
    While I don't recommend beaning kids. Tee work and soft toss drills are great for fundamentals of the swing.



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    I use a lot of soft toss, but I put a little variation on it. I have my guys start at home plate with bat in hand and shuffle towards first base. I stand on the mound and toss them softies to hit while they are shuffling their feet. Basically if they can learn to hit while they are moving there feet, it will be much easier for them to hit in the games when they are standing still in the box. I've had pretty good results with this method.


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    Re: Youth Baseball hitting drills?

    Tees and soft toss r good ones, if they are more advanced you can do 2 ball soft toss and tell them which ball to hit, high or low ball. But thats to tough for the youngsters, its mainly for the advanced kids.


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    Re: Youth Baseball hitting drills?

    If you have a problem with kids stepping out when they swing, our coach took a 2x4 and put it on the ground and made us hit soft toss off that to teach the stride forward and not to the side.



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    Re: Youth Baseball hitting drills?

    Quote Originally Posted by tamjam View Post
    I use a lot of soft toss, but I put a little variation on it. I have my guys start at home plate with bat in hand and shuffle towards first base. I stand on the mound and toss them softies to hit while they are shuffling their feet. Basically if they can learn to hit while they are moving there feet, it will be much easier for them to hit in the games when they are standing still in the box. I've had pretty good results with this method.
    I would never teach hitting this way. It doesn't teach proper balance and shifting of the weight during the swing. All of this drill is doing it teaching to see the ball but it is not teaching them to actually drive the ball with power. I'm not sure it really helps seeing the ball either.



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    Re: Youth Baseball hitting drills?

    Quote Originally Posted by acrozier22 View Post
    I would never teach hitting this way. It doesn't teach proper balance and shifting of the weight during the swing. All of this drill is doing it teaching to see the ball but it is not teaching them to actually drive the ball with power. I'm not sure it really helps seeing the ball either.
    Kinda the same I'm thinking. You want their swings to be as quiet as possible.



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    Re: Youth Baseball hitting drills?

    Not to threadjack, but any tips for t-ball players? I've got a team of 4-7 year olds (mostly 4-5 y/o) and none can get decent bat-ball contact. All they hit is groundballs that might make it to an infielder (on good days), with a few decent hits scattered in. The teams we play are hitting pop-ups, line drives, grounders, everything.

    Their attention span of 10 seconds doesn't help matters.

    Catching and throwing is a whole different issue that I won't even begin to try to explain.



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    Re: Youth Baseball hitting drills?

    Quote Originally Posted by acrozier22 View Post
    While I don't recommend beaning kids. Tee work and soft toss drills are great for fundamentals of the swing.
    I knew that was going to come across as very hard-assed, but it really is a positive thing. (It beats getting put in front of the garage door and dodging bullets from the old man.) I only plunk each kid once and its very lightly. Bottom line is I would rather they step in the bucket during BP, so we can work on getting them out of it, as opposed to a game.


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    Re: Youth Baseball hitting drills?

    My kid had a problem with moving his backfoot. I showed him "squish the bug" with the back foot and it helped him a ton. It makes them keep the back foot in place and turn the hips at the same time.



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    Re: Youth Baseball hitting drills?

    Quote Originally Posted by acrozier22 View Post
    I would never teach hitting this way. It doesn't teach proper balance and shifting of the weight during the swing. All of this drill is doing it teaching to see the ball but it is not teaching them to actually drive the ball with power. I'm not sure it really helps seeing the ball either.
    Hey I completely disagreed with Mr. Miyagi's coaching style with Daniel Larusso. To me the way the Cobra Kai's trained seemed right. Strict discipline, preaching no mercy, that is how you win at karate I thought. But what happened? Daniel wins the tourney and hotsteps all over the Cobra Kai method on his way to deflowering that Ali.

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    Re: Youth Baseball hitting drills?

    I was mainly thinking 10 to 12 year kids. I bought a gadget called the insider bat last week. It has helped me see my son's flaws in his swing.

    Do any of you guys own a high dollar bat for your kids? I never realized how much bats could cost until I started looking around.

    Any opinions on the best brand of baseball batting tee?

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