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Kevin Hussey | Jul 9, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Practicing Baseball On Your Own - 3 Ideas For You

Baseball may be known as a team sport but it’s not a sport that needs to be practiced with a team. The best way to enhance your skills is to practice by yourself. Team practice is for understanding things like cut offs, bunt defense, pick off plays and other team activities. Practicing these different plays will help your team get better but will not necessarily make you a more skilled baseball player. To get better as a player it’s important to practice on your own. Here are some ways you can practice on your own or with one other person.

Hitting (Hitting off a Tee)

Everyone’s favorite part of practice is batting practice, where they get to see how hard and far they can hit a baseball. The problem with batting practice is how kids handle it. A lot of kids see batting practice as a homerun derby with the ball perfectly placed each time (or waiting for a perfectly placed one) and swinging for the fences. When you hit off a Tee, your goals can be made more appropriate for trying to become a better hitter and can be made more realistic to game situations when done correctly. The goal of hitting the ball off the tee is to try and square up the ball as much as possible because almost all results will be the same anyways. Hitting off a tee allows you to forget about your surroundings and concentrating on increasing your strength and using proper technique. Placing the Tee in different locations that represent where an actual ball may be pitched to you - raise and lower the Tee, place it closer to you and further away - can help you learn what adjustments your body will need to make to square up on a ball based on the pitch location.

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Topics: baseball drills, hitting drills, baseball practice, bunt defense, fielding drills, infielding drills, catching drills, Outfielding drills, pickoffs, pick off moves, team practice, tee drills

Ryan Armstrong | Apr 11, 2013 1:43:00 PM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Low Tee Drill"

This week's Drill of the Week is the  "Low Tee Drill".

A couple of weeks ago we went over the High Tee Drill and this week we want to go over the Low Tee Drill, which is a similar drill...but different, of course. 

The Low Tee Drill is a postural drill that helps hitters better maintain athletic posture on lower pitches in the strike zone. Why is this important?

  1. The less balanced/athletic they are approaching contact, the more power they will lose in their swing.
  2. The natural reaction is to straighten up versus staying strong/athletic with the pitch which will lead to swinging down on the pitch and failing to match swing plane with plane of pitch. This will lead to more swings and misses and, if contact is made, more weaker hit ground balls.
  3. Losing athletic posture on lower pitches will typically lead to disconnection in the swing, i.e. hands getting away from the body = longer, slower, weaker swing.

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Topics: hitting tips, hitting instruction, baseball instruction, hitting, baseball coaching, baseball drills, hitting drills, hitting power, hitting posture, Low Tee Drill, tee drills

Ryan Armstrong | Mar 28, 2013 7:21:00 PM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "High Tee Drill"

We have a quick little "hitter" (haha) for this week's Drill of the Week - the "High Tee Drill".

The High Tee Drill is something we would term as a postural hitting drill that simulates hitting a higher pitch in the hitting zone. This is a pitch where we often see athletes come out an athletic posture and lose power and bat control. What we want them to do, and what we want the drill to help them do, is to stay more athletic through their swing, even if the pitch is a little high.

Hitters are encouraged to work on the High Tee Drill in their regular hitting program/practice, but it is especially helpful for athletes who have postural issues, especially lifting or pulling the front shoulder off of the pitch.

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Topics: hitting tips, hitting instruction, hitting, baseball drills, hitting drills, hitting posture, high tee drill, tee drills

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