Power Hitting – Hitting Drill

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This drill is a great way maximize power in a batters swing

This drill requires a punching bag (about $45 dollars at any sporting goods store) and somewhere to hang it.

Batters will take their stance with the punching bag slightly in line with the batters front foot.

The batter will swing, make contact with the bag, and then proceed to follow through with their extension pushing the bag.

The batter can adjust where she stands and makes contact with the bag depending on what pitch she would like to work on.

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Blind Tee Drill – Hitting Drill

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This is a fun drill to increase a batters concentration and test their muscle memory.

Set up a tee

The batter will hit 5 balls and then put on a blindfold to attempt to hit 5 more balls.

Remove the blind fold and move to position the tee in the location to where another pitch would be

The batter will hit 5 balls and then put the blindfold on again and attempt to hit 5 more balls.

You can split the players into 2 teams and the players that get the most hits when blindfolded will win

This is great for loosening up players before big games and great for team bonding

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Weight Hitting – Hitting Drills

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This drill is an effective way to create proper muscle memory and gain strength in your bottom hand when hitting.

The batter will use a 5-10 pound dumbbell (depending on the batters strength) and position your hands on the dumbbell as if you are it was the bat.

Leading with your elbow the dumbbell should follow a straight line from your back shoulder to the front side of your chest.

This motions should be slow and cause resistance in your bottom hand.

Do 5 sets of 10 reps with small breaks in between

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Downward Resistance – Hitting Drill

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This drill is an effective way to break players of the habit of dropping the barrel of the bat and popping up the ball when they hit.

One player at a time will take her at-bat stance.

The coach will stand where the umpire would normally stand and hold the top of the barrel on the bat.

The player will be instructed to take her swing as the coach is still holding the barrel of the bat up.

As the coach is holding up the barrel of the bat the player is feeling that resistance and is making the correct motions to pull the bat away from the coaches hands.

The coach will then release the bat and the player will finish her swing.

The player will not hit the coach when she finishes her swing.

If the coach still feels uncomfortable with this then just take a step back when releasing the bat.

Contact on Command – Hitting Drills

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This is a great drill for players to work on reaction time with taking a particular bat swing for different pitches.

Line up 3-5 batters about 4-5 feet apart with their bats

The coach will call out a certain pitch (high outside, low inside, drop ball, curve, screw) and the batters will take the appropriate swing and freeze where they would make contact with the ball.

The coach will observe and if wrong the player drops for 5 push ups and is out. The correct players remain in the game and sets for another pitch command.

Motion Hitting – Hitting Drills

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This drill is a great way to ensure that batters become aware of the importance in using the lower body to increase power in their swing.

The batter will step up to bat with their front foot on the back line of the batters box

The batter will take a step with their back foot and then with their front foot to end close to their usual stance in the batters box.

As the batter takes her last step the coach will soft toss the ball.

The batter sets her hands quickly and takes her swing.

This should not be a slapping motion. The batter just has to be quick enough with her footwork and setting her hands to hit the ball at her usual stance.

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