Batting Cage Practice?
We all know there are many different styles of hitting.
What I want to center in on is the stride and no stride for batting practice.
My son(13) has been working with a few batting coaches the last few years, all have come from MLB ranks to coach in college baseball. We have 3 colleges in our area and a wood bat league around our area which draws in college coaches from around the nation, during the summertime.
Needless to say my son has learned both approaches when it come to loading and striding and no stride.
Baseball strength and conditioning started beginning of December, they are now having informal batting cage practice. There was a clinic given at our local indoor baseball facility which my son attended. Since this is the first real batting cage work I saw my son bat since his last lesson back in November, I noticed that his swing is quicker even though he has gone up to a -3 bat back in fall ball and makes fairly good contact sending the ball back to the L screen or back of the net. I have seen him hit the ball harder is the reason why I said fairly good contact.
The coach was playing a game that you get extra swings if you hit the back of the net or L screen on the fly. He told each student he was only going to throw them 8 good pitches, my son got 6 extra swings/balls tossed to him. Only one other student got 1 extra swing. I am not adding this because he is my only son (grin)and he got more extra swings (well dad did smile on the inside from a far) but it seems to me that the boy did adjust to this L screen drill. Where as some of the other kids just looked slower. I know some of the other young 13 and 14 year old and they are good power hitters.
The batting drill was coach under handing the ball in front of them from behind the L screen about 10 ft away at a fairly good clip for being that close.
My question is after watching this is, for batting cage work with this drill should you just use a no stride approach? Shorten the stride? Or try to maintain timing by make sure you slow the coach down to give the student time to time load and stride to hit the ball, if that is there hitting approach. Or is this just a drill gone wrong?
After watching him he/my son didn't really think about it but it looked to me on some balls he was no stride and others a stride.
What would be your suggestion on this drill and batters approach to stride or no stride.
Not that I would change the coaches approach, but to warn my son about what to watch out for in this drill.
Last edited by Drill; 01-25-2008 at 07:20 AM.
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