Baseball Drills For 5, 6, 7, 8 Year Olds – “Land the Plane”
Baseball Drills For 5, 6, 7, 8 Year Olds
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 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.’
Baseball Drills For 5, 6, 7, 8 Year Olds: “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.
5. Hips rotate square to pitch—hand at shoulder moves straight to front of body, where hands would be while bat is in contact.
6. 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 and Baseball Drills For 5, 6, 7, 8 Year Olds and 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 the Super 8 Hitting System—a bestselling baseball training web site and instructional video package, which includes many free youth baseball drills and tips.
Coach Joe Brockoff, a Division I Head Baseball Coach for Tulane University for more than 19 years, coached thousands of college level and youth players using his proven Super 8 Hitting System.
T Ball Drills For Kids
I received this question about t ball drills the other day and thought I might share it with everyone. A lot of people have trouble coaching tee ball because it is challenging working with younger players. Know that if you teach them a few principles now on tee ball drills, you will save a lot of trouble later on because they will grow up with good habits. Be patient with them… and know that you are definitely helping them out. Here is Bryan’s question:
Q – Good morning Mr. Brockhoff,
My name is Bryan Etter. I have purchased your super 8 hitting system and have been studying up on it for the last couple of weeks. I sure wish I had known about your system when I was playing baseball!!! I truly loved to play baseball. Now a days I am passing on my enthusiasm for the love of the game through coaching. I coached 4 year old t-ball last year for the first time and am coaching 5 year old t-ball starting in March 2011. Last year I followed a program called T-Ball University. It was and is a great refresher coarse and helped me teach the kids. We had a great year and all the kids improved tremendously. I am very excited about this year. This year I really want to start teaching the kids a good hitting foundation among other things as well. What suggestions do you have in teaching 5 year olds? They have very short attention spans. The tee is always placed on home plate during games etc. I only have one practice a week for one hour. What should I concentrate on to start their foundation? What drills would be good for these youngsters since I only have a short time with them every week? How do I set them up at the tee if the tee is placed on home plate all the time (do I line their front foot up off the back tip of the plate? I am not sure where to place them because they are little and have a shorter reach)? I appreciate any direction you can give.
A – Hi, Bryan
You can definitely get your T-ballers off to a great start with the techniques of the Super 8 Hitting System. To begin with, have them assume a proper stance, and just practice pivoting properly. Have them put their hands on their hips to do this.
Start with the feet slightly wider than the shoulders. Then practice the pivot drill:
Front heel up (weight shifts to the back side); front heel down, and pivot. Make sure that they don’t do the squish the bug pivot. Show them how to pivot up on their back toe. It is a good idea to work this drill with then individually on a table,at first, as we demonstrate on our Video #4.
When they understand the pivot, then you can graduate to the plate. Have them assume the proper stance, with their feet apart about shoulder width, toes pointed straight, bat on their shoulder, elbows down, just as I describe in my videos, poster, and book. Since the league places the Tee on top of the plate, then you are right about standing so that their front foot is positioned so that it is facing the back of the Tee. Then when he pivots, he can strike the ball in front of him. not over the plate.
To begin with, instead of hitting off of the Tee, start with using a SpeedBat(tm) and hitting mats, using the A,B,C drills described in the Agenda. A is stance; B is Drive; and C is contact. Let them have fun with this. Review the mat drills on Video #4.
After going through A,B,C. Then they can graduate to simply pivoting to hit the mat. Have them give the mat a good “pop” with the SpeedBat(tm), with good wrist action.
Then they can graduate to hitting off the Tee, using this same technique as hitting the mat.
These are a few suggestions. I will be sending out a new video soon about this very topic.
Best wishes and good luck,
Coach Joe Brockhoff