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How Do You Teach Someone To Hit A Baseball? Baseball Training

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

It has often been said that one of the hardest things to do in sports is to hit a baseball. It takes years of baseball training to master the art of making square contact with a round bat and a round ball. Complicating the process is that the ball could be moving at 70-90 miles per hour and it does not always go in a straight line.

Baseball hitting training should start when a child picks up his first baseball bat. If your child is three or four, the bat and ball are likely to be made of plastic. That is fine for baseball hitting training at this age. In fact, it is easier and safer to learn how to hit with a lightweight bat and ball.

Plenty of young children, when first given a bat, make the mistakes of using a cross-handed grip and keeping their hands away from the body . That is wrong! If you are a right-handed batter, your right hand should always be placed just above your left hand when you grip the bat. If you are a lefty, your left hand goes on top of the bat. The common swing younger players have is a long looping, sweeping swing often leads to their hands over the plate at contact. Using this technique will only result in an arm swing, and limited body support, if any.

The reason you do not hold the bat with a cross-handed grip (left over right for a right-handed batter) is that you can not break your wrists when you swing and you lose most of your power. Proper release of the wrists is what allowed a Hall-of-Famer like Hank Aaron to hit so many home runs despite being only of average size.

You also must stress to your student during baseball hitting training that their stance, bat position, and distance from home plate must all be correct. A batter needs to have a comfortable stance, flex his knees and be able to reach across the entire plate when he swings. You want to keep the bat slightly off of your shoulders (preferably on the shoulders at a younger age) and slightly cock the bat forward so you can start your swing at the right moment.

If you develop good habits and learn the fundamentals of the grip, stance and swing, your months and years of baseball training will pay off. You may start off playing tee-ball and then Little League. By the time you get older, who knows, you may be such a good hitter that you play high school, college or pro baseball.

About the author: Coach Joe Brockhoff, creator of the Super 8 Hitting System, has over 25+ years of baseball training experience teaching younger baseball players the proper hitting mechanics. Get his 5 free baseball hitting training videos here.

Baseball Training | Baseball Hitting Tips

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Coach Brock answers your hitting question – Why Start Your Bat On The Shoulder?

After years and years of researching baseball training, and looking at Major League hitters, we discovered that no matter where the hitter held his hands, they always brought their hands inside and then went into drive action. Some of the pictures that are in this video. So, were going to talk a little bit about this baseball hitting tip and keeping the bat on the shoulder. It is controversial… there are a lot of people that don’t understand or believe that this is the best way to do it.

In fact, we’ve all heard the old cliché that we need to keep the bat off the shoulder, and here we are saying that it’s not a bad idea to have the bat on the shoulder.

First thing that I’d like to explain is if we had to throw the greatest punch that I ever had to throw in my life, would I really want my hand away from my body? Down near my waist? In these positions, there is nothing behind my hands.

In hitting a baseball, I want my body to support my hands. And essentially, I want my hips to take me to the ball. What I see so many times, is hitters going into a loop phase to hit the ball, or going into a sweep phase to make contact. In each case, the hands doing the circle and going away from the body. Well, we don’t want our hands to go into a circle. There basically the action that we take to hit the baseball, is #1 rotational which is load. #2 linear which is stride, #3 pivotal which is rotation, and then the hands go linear.

We want the hands to go in a straight line, because the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

In all of the film study that we’ve done, no matter where a player holds his hands, he will usually bring his hands inside by the time he completes his stride and get into drive position, which places the hands above the ball, the bat head above the hands so that this diagonal down to the ball. From there, we want to rotate the hands in a straight line.

So the position we want to train our hitters to be in using our baseball hitting tips, to eliminate having the hands get away from the body and going into a loop phase or sweep phase, what we want to do to show how easy it is jus to turn your hitters hips he would be in perfect hitting position to hit the baseball. He can high, he can hit low pitches… he’s got all those options in favor.

Otherwise, what 95% of hitters do is drop their hands off the back side as they go to the ball and now they don’t have those options.

For baseball training, we get the bat on the shoulder, load and stride and make sure that we turn to get inside the baseball like we say “shine the light”. By having the bat on the shoulder, this is automatic.

This really helps the baseball hitter keep himself in position to make a good ball strike, and make good contact.

Now, the question my be what if coach disagrees with that and wants to move the bat away from the shoulder? Well, start on the shoulder and if you want to raise it a little bit, that’s fine. But what we don’t want is to have the hands so far away from the body, that you never recover back inside. It’s so easy to get inside the baseball when the bat is on the shoulder to begin with.

So for baseball training, we might just allow for the hitter to slightly lift the bat of the shoulder, as long as you trained the hitter to go inside the ball and to pivot inside.

If the pitch is down the middle, all we do is step and turn and we’re in perfect position now to ball strike. This is the true launching position.

Hitters don’t usually like to do this when we adjust their bat to the shoulder, but if we ask every hitter that didn’t like it at first, they certainly like it now.

Coach Brockhoff is the creator of the Super 8 Hitting System. His hitting system eliminates common hitting flaws and corrects them with good hitting principles.

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Improve Baseball Hitting With These Tips

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

In order to become the best hitter you have to learn the basic hitting tips for baseball. To begin with, you must be tough and prove to be difficult to strike out. You should have a strike-out ratio of less than 10%. This gives the other players no chance to help their team and by ensuring that you keep the ball in play, you make the work of the defense seem like a stroll in the park.

While there is usually no question about the legitimacy of a strike out, it is important that you do not take it for granted. Though, you must not allow it to affect you courage as you prepare yourself to bat. Reassure yourself that you will make contact each and every time you swing that bat.

So, the first thing that you require is confidence. It totally eliminates your fear.

The second thing you need to know is how to go about it.

Nowadays, one of the major requirements of a hitter is to swing a compact stroke while remaining short on the ball.

Some of the hitting tips are offered by the Super 8 Hitting system. They give directions on how to prevent you from striking out. The best technique in hitting is known as the drive action. It is short and direct, and improves contact almost immediately.

By constantly doing the drive action, you will be able to put the ball in play, every time.

In order for you to do this, you have to get into a 45 degree position. This means that before you start the stroke, you rotate the hips halfway towards the pitcher.

If you are a right handed batter, you will end up pointing the knob of the bat to the belly button around where the second baseman is going to play. All that is left is for you to do is to snap the bat on the oncoming ball.

There are three advantages of the drive action:1. The first one is that the batter will have a better view of the ball and be able to read its movement better.

2. The movement of the hips is minimized, which makes the stroke short and quick.

3. The hands travel linear to the pitch.

You will be able to observe the ball better.

Therefore, you will be able to eliminate any swing and miss, both inside and outside the strike zone.

By perfecting this technique, you will rarely strike out.

For more hitting tips for baseball, you can have a look at the super 8 system.

Baseball Training | Hitting Drills

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Using the readerboard, we can quickly determine the correct bat angle, and where it should be, according to where the ball is pitched. The readerboard is simply a peg board (it can be found at any local home depot or lowes), 9 baseballs with holes drilled in the middle and using a screw and bolt to hold it on the board.

Ok – let’s look at some baseball hitting drills that we can use in our baseball training and immediately see improvement in making better contact.

We’ll start out by popping the bat at the cutlines. Each cutline is set up (red tape for right handed hitters and black tape for lefties) to line up the barrel of the baseball bat to make the best contact. We have found that using the readerboard is one of our best baseball hitting drills and will help hitters get from point A to point B in the fastest, most efficient way possible.

We can work outside cuts and outside pitches, which includes using the stride for everything. Baseball training does not have to be difficult – using simple and effective hitting tools is the key to using our baseball hitting system. One of the questions we hear the most is this – is the baseball swing linear or rotational? We believe it is a combination of both… linear (straight line) to the ball and let our turn (rotational hitting) swing after contact.

We also use our fench baseball hitting drills to wipe out our looping or sweeping action. At no point, we don’t want our hitters to have a loop or sweep – it causes long strokes and usually results in a ground ball or pop up, depending on if the hitter is late or early making contact with the ball.

Another one of our hitting drills that will eliminate the sweeping or looping swing is our frisbee and throwing bat drills. It will teach the hitter to gt the top hand on top of the ball.

We also use our our pop target in our training drills as we want our hitters to feel the knob of the bat making contact with the target. This will help the hitter get the feel of our drive action, which is the #1 way to hit for more power. We can continue these baseball training drills using the pop and stroke to help the hitters get inside the ball.

I hope you enjoyed our baseball video… use these drills and I will guarantee you’ll see a noticable difference in just a few short days, and your hitters will hit better and with more power.

Best to you,

Coach Brock

http://www.learnbaseballhitting.com

 

 

Baseball Training | Hitting Training Tips

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Baseball Training | Hitting Training Tips

 

Why start with the bat on the shoulder?

After years and years of baseball training research, and looking at major league hitters we discovered that no matter where they held their hands they always brought their hands inside and went into drive action. We’re going to talk a little about that and the bat on the shoulder because that is controversial. There are a lot of people that believe or do not understand that it is the best way to teach baseball training and hitting training.

In fact, we’ve all heard the old cliche for many years to get the bat off the shoulder. And here we are saying that it’s not a bad idea to keep the bat on the shoulder.

The first thing that I would like to explain is that if we had to throw the greatest punch in the world, would I really want my hand up above my shoulder or below shoulder width? In those positions there is nothing behind my hands!

In baseball hitting training, I want my body to support my hands. Essentially, I want my hips to take me to the ball. What we see so many times is hitters going in to a loop or sweep phase with each hand going in a circle and away from the body.

Well, we don’t want our hands going away from our body. There basically the action that we take to hit the baseball would be rotational, which is load… #2 linear which is stride#3 which is pivotal and then swing. We want the hands to go in a straight line because the shortest distance between two points is a straight line!

In all of the baseball training film study we’ve done, where a player holds his hands, he will usually bring his hands inside by the time he completes his stride and get in the drive position which places his hands above the ball, the bat head above the hands so it’s diagonal down to the ball and from there to rotate the hands in a straight line.

So the position we want to use these hitting training tips to be in to eliminate our hands getting away from the body going in to a loop phase or sweep phase, what we want to do is turn his hips he would be perfect in position to hit the ball.

He can hit high.

He can hit low.

He’s got all those options available.

Otherwise, what 95% of hitters do in their baseball training, they drop their hands off the back side as they go to the ball and they don’t have those options.

For hitting training, we get the bat on the shoulder and we’ll load and stride and make sure that we turn and get inside the ball. We say “shine the light”. By having the bat on the shoulder, this is automatic.

This really helps the hitter keep his hands in position to make a good ball strike and make good contact.

Now, what if baseball coaches disagrees with the bat on the shoulder.  Well, start on the shoulder and raise it up a bit, that’s fine. But what we don’t like to have happen is to have the hands so far away from the body, that you never recover back inside. It’s so easy to get the bat inside the ball with the bat on the shoulder.

So for baseball training, we’ll allow for them to keep the bat on the shoulder, and if he plays with his team and coach disagrees with it… you can pick it up a little bit, as long as you have trained the hitter to go inside the ball and to pivot inside.

If the pitch is down the middle, all we do is step and turn and we’re in perfect position to ball strike. This is the true launching position.

Hitters don’t usually like to do this, when we adjust them early on in our hitting training. But if we asked every hitter that I’ve trained at first they may say that they didn’t like it, but they live it now.

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Baseball Hitting Training

Friday, May 11th, 2012
Young people have great imaginations. When prompted,
they can take a complex idea and quickly apply what they’ve learned using
visualization. The key to using imagery to increase baseball hitting speed,
however, is to create and apply images that are easily explained, are
relatable, can be quickly absorbed, and instantly recalled—which are the
foundations of Coach Joe Brockoff’s Super 8 Hitting System, the
same system that has sent 45 baseball players to the professional leagues.
The Problem: Rolling the wrist on contact
Baseball hitters often roll the bat on contact for several reasons.  First, they are coached to do so from the earliest age on.  This method of training will never allow a hitter to maximize his/her ability, only resulting in ground balls and ‘outs.’
The Super 8 Hitting Solution: “Land the Plane”
To avoid rolling the bat, the batter’s bottom hand should face down, with the top hand facing up when coming in contact with the
ball. For visualization, instruct batters to imagine the bottom hand landing the plane, and the top hand crashing the plane.
To increase your hitter’s batting speed, try this “Landing the Plane” drill:
Starting with bottom (lead) hand
  1. Stance position, bottom hand (lead hand) starts at shoulder point.
  2. Palm open, facing down.
  3. Other hand on hip.
  4. Front heel lifts, player loads.
    1. Hips rotate square to pitch—hand at shoulder moves straight to front of body, where hands
      would be while bat is in contact.
  5. Hand remains palm down.
To increase your hitter’s batting speed, try this “Crashing the Plane” drill:
Move to top (power) hand
  1. Same stance but with palm open, facing up and forward.
  2. Hips rotate square to pitch, hand will move to same location, but with palm up.
As always, repetition is key.  So do the drill again, incorporating these enhancements:
  1. Put both hands together, but with bat added, starting at the shoulder area.
  2. Move bat into contact (hands should be in same position as before.)
  3. Open hands while in contact position.
  4. Top hand open, palm up, under bat.
  5. Bottom hand open, palm down, over bat.
Tip:  Complete the stroke successfully by ensuring the top hand continues under the bat, through contact, and first extension.  The bat will
finally roll as it comes to the second extension position, just before stroke completion.
By using the Super 8 Hitting System  instructions described here, with images in mind, hand action is dramatically improved. The batter is not swinging to contact but snapping at the point of contact, yielding a remarkable and measurable improvement in speed and contactability.
Learn more about the Landing the Plan” and Crashing the Plane baseball hitting drills and other proven methods for improving batting speed by
visiting Coach Brock’s youth baseball drills—a bestselling baseball training web site and instructional video package, which includes many free youth baseball drills and tips.

Baseball Training

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

First of all, we need to understand the concept that we teach in our baseball training, that is, in a physical activity, that activity always begins with the large muscle mass.  Having said that, let’s take the stride out of the feet, and put it in the large muscle mass and put it in the hips, the large muscle mass.  In doing this, there is less chance for feet to overact.

There is better chance therefore to control the stride.  Therefore, we recommend that you stride with the front hip, and let the feet follow.

Feet have a tendency to get happy, not only in over striding, but in striding in the wrong direction.  So you want the stride to be in the large muscle mass (hips) with a slight push towards the pitcher.  The stride is only about 6 inches.

Some baseball training drills that you can do are the following:

1. Take the stride away completely for a while, by only lifting the front heel before the hip turn.  Keep a good base. When the front heel goes down, he should pivot toward the ball.  This should be only a temporary technique.

A good stride is better than no stride.  But no stride is better than a bad one.

2. Practice load and stride only using the proper technique, since this can be done any place.  Doing enough of these should overcome the long stride habit.

In a reaction skill, it usually takes 11 to 1 ratio of correct strides to incorrect. He must work on this over and over again because he has many incorrect strides to work out of his technique.

We use our Super 8 Hitting System “Tempo Baseball Drills” which repeats this technique over and over again.  This is a great way to reinforce the good habit.

Learning The Slide As A Baseball Player

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

One of the things you’ll need to learn to do if you want to learn how to be great in baseball training is to slide. There are two basic methods when it comes to sliding, the “leg under” or “bent leg slide,” and the “hook slide,” or “fade away.”

First, let’s talk about the baseball hook slide. Sit down with your legs out and turn to the right so that all of your weight is on your right hip. Bend your left leg so that the calf is at right angles to your thigh; the toe of your foot is your “hooking foot.” Raise your arms over your head and lower your body until your back is touching the ground. Move your right foot to the right ever so slightly and raise it a few inches off the ground. That’s a hook slide to the right.

To do a hook slide to the left, just change the instructions so that they’re appropriate to the other side.
When you do the hook slide, remember that you need to spread your weight out as much as you can, and get your back on the ground. Keep your outside foot, the one not touching the base, off the ground. If you don’t, your spikes will probably catch in the dirt and you can turn your ankle badly because your body will be sliding forward and you won’t be able to stop it. You might even break your ankle if you make this mistake, so be careful. And don’t “jump” the base. Instead, slide and keep your hands up as well.

If you don’t keep your hands up, you might cut or scrape yourself, or end up with a sprained wrist. If you can’t remember to keep your hands up, just pick up some dirt with each hand when you get on base and then make sure you don’t let go.

Now, let’s talk about the “leg under” slide. Sit down with your legs out in front of you and double your right leg under your left so that your right shin is facing what would be the base. Roll over on your right hip ever so slowly, raise your hands over your head, get your back down and reach for the base with your left toe. Switch these instructions to the opposite side if you want to switch your position.

To stop at the base, slide until your bent leg touches the base and then let your top foot go over the base, bringing it down on the other side. Then you should simply be able to spring to your feet and continue on.

To get an idea of that, sit in the bent leg position and have someone grab one of your hands and pull you up. You can see that you come naturally up to your feet without a problem.

If you’re going to slide, slide

One hard and fast rule about sliding is that if you start, don’t stop.

And if a play is being made and you are on second or third base, you should always slide. Overrunning the base means you risk being tagged out, slowing up so that you won’t overrun the base will be a risk to you too, because you could be tagged out then, too. Overrunning home plate of course is not a problem, but don’t go into the base standing up unless you know the catcher is not going to try to take you. If you have any doubts, slide.

If you can only slide on one side (right or left), you should use a hand to tag the base. If you’re going to go into second base and beat a throw from left field, the second baseman leaves the left side of the base open. If you can only slide on your right side, do that and go to third base’s side of second, grab the base with your right hand as you go by, and ensure that you’re safe.

You can practice sliding in two places: in a jumping pit used for track and field events, or at the beach. In either case, don’t jump at the base, a habit you can form easily in either of these two places.

The Tips And Tricks In Baseball Training For A Catcher

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

The baseball catcher is an important member of any baseball training team. Most young baseball catchers, those from eight to 10 years old, have a “receiving stance” that is much too far back from where they should be standing. Of course, these young people are concerned about being hit by the bat instead of catching the ball. With the receiving stance, the catcher’s feet are spaced wide apart, tail low. The glove hand is the target, with the barehanded fingers loose, thumb tucked under the fingers.

Something to remember is if the batter can’t reach the catcher with the bat on the back swing he takes before the pitch happens, he’s not going to be able to touch him when he tries to hit the ball, either. The batter as a natural course of things goes forward and away from the catcher to take the hit. Therefore, if the catcher stays just out of the way of the batter’s bat, he’ll stay perfectly safe.

Still, the catcher has to get as close as possible to the batter for a couple of reasons. Staying an extra foot back, for example, means that a curveball will start to break too late. If he stays too far away, the catcher also makes it harder to throw to the bases because he’s too far away.

A beginning catcher will often close his eyes when the batter swings, and will also sometimes turn his head. Both of these are natural reflexes, but they can be dangerous. The catcher won’t get hurt if he keeps his chin down, looks straight ahead until the ball hits the glove, and keeps the eyes open. The equipment he’s wearing should protect him. Young catchers, too, also often flinch when balls are thrown into the dirt. Again, equipment will be protective, because he can drop to his knees, and block the ball by getting his glove on the ground.

When the catcher throws

The baseball catching part of the team, too, must also throw to the pitchers, so they have to start working on their throws. As outfielders do, catchers throw overhand, with the ball directly in front of the hand. The ball shouldn’t curve and if it hits the dirt, it should have good backspin so that when it hits, it will bounce sharply and high. The catcher can’t use a full arm swing like the outfielder can, though. A snap throw is good for the situation instead. The proper position for the throwing arm is to hold the arm in the right position and do an overhand throw.

The hand is not held directly over the pitching elbow, and is brought down behind the ear instead. Then, the pitcher should step forward and “snap” the ball toward the pitcher. This is the same technique a football player uses when he’s throwing a forward pass, spiral. Catchers should always throw directly at base to catch runners stealing, or if throwing to second on the cutoff play, throw directly at the cutoff player’s head.

When catchers first began to catch, they should be taught to throw the ball to the pitcher the right way. The pitcher has a big job to do already and shouldn’t have to go after wild throws from the catcher. And that’s not just bad for the pitcher, but dangerous with runners on base, too.

The catcher should throw the ball at the pitcher’s glove shoulder, in a direct line and just the right height for a second base throw. The catcher should do a nice, medium speed throw to the pitcher, neither lobbing it back too easily nor firing it hard. Again, the throw comes from the glove shoulder. When bases are loaded, catchers should always make sure to take a quick look at the runners before he or she sends the ball back to the pitcher.

The catcher is a very important member of the baseball team.

Strategizing As a Catcher in Baseball Training

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

In baseball training, when the ball gets hit, the catcher has a job to do. Most of the time, the catcher guards the plate. On bunts and pop-ups, though, oftentimes, it’s his job to do that play. No matter what, though, the catcher needs to toss the mask aside as quickly as he can.

When it comes to fielding the bunt, if the catcher is right-handed, he or she should always try to go for the left of the ball. That means he’ll be in a good position to throw it when the time comes. If the ball is still rolling when the catcher gets to it, putting the glove down in front of it to stop it and then grabbing it up with his glove and bare hand together for the pickup is best. If the ball has stopped, the catcher can make the pickup with his bare hand.

“Catching the ball with your nose”

When it comes to doing pop-ups, the catcher wants to get control of the ball as quickly as possible and should be waiting when the ball comes down. Pop-ups to the catcher are often caused by a sharp undercut to the ball, so the ball is spinning at a really high speed. The spin makes the ball move in one direction or another, but usually it goes toward the infield. The catcher knows this and has to be careful when the ball comes down so that he doesn’t catch it with arms out. There won’t be enough arm to do what he wants to do.

If the ball “floats” out of reach, the catcher can avoid this by “keeping his nose under it.” As the pros say, “Catch it with your nose.” Blink your eyes rapidly as you watch the ball come downward, because this prevents what are called “light staggers.” If pop-ups go to the back of the catcher, the ball’s spin will often make the ball curve as it goes upward.

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that if the batter undercuts an outside pitch away from him, it’s going to curve toward the batter. Therefore, the catcher should turn to his right and go back and under if the ball goes up and over the catcher’s left shoulder. This means that the ball will usually be curving in his direction, which makes his catch much more simple. If the ball goes up over his right shoulder, the catcher should turn left to go get it.

Covering third

When you are baseball catching on third base, it’s a special occasion, but there are several times this happens. First and most importantly, he is on bunt defense with a runner on first. They catcher goes into the diamond on the bunt, but he goes to his left and goes to third if the third baseman fields ball. If he doesn’t do that, it’ll open up the base and runners going from first to second can go on to third.

Catchers may also occasionally find themselves on third during a run between home and third. Again, the catcher will go to third when both the second baseman and the shortstop are chasing a pop fly by second with runners on base. In that case, the pitcher covers home and a third baseman takes second. Catchers should back up first base when the bases are not occupied and the batter hits a grounder to infield. This is especially imperative if the game is close. In order to make this backup play, catcher should start running when the bat first cracks and go for a spot at least 20 feet to the foul side of first. If the ball gets away from the first baseman, the ball and catcher will arrive at about the same time and the catcher can either keep the runner on first or get him going into second if he tries to continue and tag him out.

As a catcher, you have to be very thoroughly educated in these techniques and in the skills required.