I'm wondering at do what age most youth baseball players achieve a slightly upward bat path (matching pitch plane), as seen by most MLB players?
I watched a few of the LL World Series games and noticed that during instant replays of hard hit balls and HR most if the swings did not have an upward swing path through the ball. Most were level to the ground and many we even down through contact.
I figure these are the elite youth of the game, and if they haven't achieved "proper bat path" then maybe it's not something that is typically mastered until much later.
To answer this question, one must accept that the proper bat path through the ball is slightly upward in plane with the incoming pitch, as seen by many slow motion swing analysis of many MLB players.
I ask this question in part because after doing fairly well with the "bath path" concept in coach pitch, my son now going into kid pitch has gone back to level or slightly downward swing through the ball. I've let it go for the most part because I'm just letting him focus on getting used to and making contact with an overhand pitch, but I'm not even sure it's something I should worry about after seeing many of the LL World Series kids swings.
At what age do most youth baseball players achieve a slightly upward bat path (matching pitch plane), as seen by most MLB players?
** Note the key word "most." I'm basically looking for an average or general guideline recognizing and accepting the fact that each child is different, etc. etc.