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  • sparkny2
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    Originally posted by T Dot View Post

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    was able to score 100 jugs wiffle balls. i was previously throwing the rubbery tballs. the wiffle balls are much better. less sounds when bouncing off the wall and ceilings. im less tentative throwing inside.

    we have tried it 3 times now, and my son has picked up seeing the ball very quickly. I change speeds, I throw inside and outside and I also throw a slight off speed curve to mix it up. it’s getting fun again!
    I am most envious and will live vicariously through you. I had my basement renovated recently and my basement indoor baseball training center was permanently closed. I am sure my better half can find a way push through a divorce proceeding during this pandemic closure if I were to even bring a tee down stairs

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  • T Dot
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    Originally posted by T Dot View Post
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    built a basement batting cage. netted off half of the basement to keep the balls from going everywhere. we have a person pitcher pitching machine.

    we also use it for fielding, tennis (for fun).

    we use the cage for tee work, tee work with TCB and soft toss
    60B48BFC-1A14-4788-9F6F-3835E896E34A.jpeg

    was able to score 100 jugs wiffle balls. i was previously throwing the rubbery tballs. the wiffle balls are much better. less sounds when bouncing off the wall and ceilings. im less tentative throwing inside.

    we have tried it 3 times now, and my son has picked up seeing the ball very quickly. I change speeds, I throw inside and outside and I also throw a slight off speed curve to mix it up. it’s getting fun again!

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  • cash
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    My son is 12. Our daily program is :
    • Push-up, Sit-ups, and Planks.
      • We have a nightly plank-off
    • Wiffles (Sklz) and foamies (Soft-Hit) from 20-25 feet.
      • One warmup round then we play two simulated innings.
      • My swing is awful. "Dad you're not coiling!"
      • Sklz balls are great except when you go to find them
      • You can get hit pretty much anywhere with a Soft-Hit going probably 80mph from 25 feet and even then they don't hurt much at all.
    • 45 minutes of ground balls, liners, and pop-ups
      • on a really rough lawn. (Me hitting).
      • We use a tee-ball to be safer, but it makes hops worse.
      • We call it "Bad Hop Derby".
    He has been recording everything on his Go-Pro and is working on a montage of his best swings, fielding plays and strikeouts of me of course.

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  • coachrjb
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    Just the ole fashion tee work for my 10U. We don't have a lot of room to hit anything. Right now, he will take 50 or so swings 3 to 4 times a week. We will do some things with the medicine ball, stuff like that. He has spent more time riding his bike down the cul de sac the last 2 weeks than he did the last 2 years combined :-)

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  • JustBats
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    Originally posted by T Dot View Post
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    built a basement batting cage. netted off half of the basement to keep the balls from going everywhere. we have a person pitcher pitching machine.

    we also use it for fielding, tennis (for fun).

    we use the cage for tee work, tee work with TCB and soft toss
    This is awesome!

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  • T Dot
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    built a basement batting cage. netted off half of the basement to keep the balls from going everywhere. we have a person pitcher pitching machine.

    we also use it for fielding, tennis (for fun).

    we use the cage for tee work, tee work with TCB and soft toss

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  • Colonel21
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    Originally posted by skipper5 View Post

    I get the impression from all your previous posts that your son is highly motivated. No disrespect intended, but I'm curious why you continually remind him?
    I would say under normal circumstances yes. Kid has worked hard in the past. But he has always had the motivation of an immediate goal or opportunity in front of him. Weither it be playing up for HS, showcases, travel ball, college camps, etc. It sounds like some of his friends are starting to fall into the "there isn't going to be any games for awhile" trap and would rather play video games all day. I think I am just concerned he doesn't fall into that mindset. Maybe he is finally seeing this down time to be a normal kid and do normal kid things that he hasn't had time for in the past. At the end of the day, I should just be blessed that the family is all healthy right now.

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  • skipper5
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    Originally posted by Colonel21 View Post

    I keep telling him all his hard work lead him to have that great start and it's no different now, that games will resume eventually and he has to keep training for that.

    Another thing I keep pointing out to him .....
    I get the impression from all your previous posts that your son is highly motivated. No disrespect intended, but I'm curious why you continually remind him?

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  • Colonel21
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    Originally posted by fly996 View Post

    I think one of the keys here is to keep the sessions short and consistent...45 mins to an hour at a time....

    Keep suggesting that because of this effort, once the season begins he could get off to a really good start...
    Definitely! He was already 14 games into his high school season here in Texas and he was off to a really good start. I keep telling him all his hard work lead him to have that great start and it's no different now, that games will resume eventually and he has to keep training for that.

    Another thing I keep pointing out to him that with everything going on with college baseball and players possibly getting another year back and that the draft is being cut down to 5-10 rounds this year, possibly next year, and that the draft may be small draft years after that (20 rounds?) that the whole college landscape has changed and he will still be feeling this when he is a freshman (he is a 2023). To add to that, he committed earlier this year and his choice along with all the current events has reinforced even more that he made the correct decision. The school he chose appears to not over commit and bring in huge recruiting classes. Looking at some of the other schools he was talking to, and some have huge 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes and already have a pretty big number of committed 2023's at this stage. My son is the only 2023 commit at the school he chose. The hope is that the school continues down this path of not over committing given with all the new issues schools are going to have to deal with this year and next year and the trickle down effect of all that.

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  • PhilliesPhan22
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    I'm essential and (thankfully) still have to work. But on my days off I've been working out and hitting balls off a tee into my batting screen. My season isn't cancelled yet as we aren't scheduled to start until May 2. My kids are going nuts from boredom. Our school district is finally getting some online school going. I feel bad for all the kids for which school is their "safe space" from the horrors of home. I hope they are okay. I don't know anyone who has the virus. As of yesterday, I finally know someone who knows someone who tested positive. They had close contact with an infected person. Their friend has no symptoms.

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  • fly996
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    Originally posted by Colonel21 View Post

    Good stuff here! About to put together a schedule for my son. I think one of the toughest parts of all this is that there is no set in stone date where playing games or even practicing resumes. So trying to keep telling someone to keep training and working hard without any type of season in sight is eventually going to be the biggest hurdle.
    I think one of the keys here is to keep the sessions short and consistent...45 mins to an hour at a time....

    Keep suggesting that because of this effort, once the season begins he could get off to a really good start...

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  • Colonel21
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    Originally posted by fly996 View Post

    In December I setup a hitting mat and (3) GoSports 7x4 hitting nets in the basement. Little did I know it would get this much use. Here's the routine for my 13 yr old (plays primarily Second base)

    Sunday & Wednesday - Hitting off the tee. Wood with 2" PowerNet Balls then Drop 5 with Diamond Flexi Balls. He also does bunting with the yellow micro balls and a thin bat.

    Monday & Thursday - Conditioning - Right before the virus hit, I purchased the Ultimate Sandbag with the Water bag option. This turned out to be an excellent addition as he can do a core training routine at home that is super beneficial for baseball.

    Tuesday - Fielding in the basement. Dry hands work from the knees. Series of Forehand and Backhand. Starting with Bare Hand, Flat Glove, 9" Glove then regular glove. We also do a series of small Disc Golf Frisbee throws/catch to work on hand/eye coordination. Fun!

    Friday - Throwing - Outside to an empty field. Series of throws from 30', 60', 90' Turn Double Play, 100', 120', 70' then infield in, play at the plate. Working both one shuffle and two shuffle footwork throws.

    Saturday - Off (or switch up throwing day depending on the weather).
    Good stuff here! About to put together a schedule for my son. I think one of the toughest parts of all this is that there is no set in stone date where playing games or even practicing resumes. So trying to keep telling someone to keep training and working hard without any type of season in sight is eventually going to be the biggest hurdle.

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  • fly996
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    Originally posted by Colonel21 View Post
    Has anyone gotten into a daily routine yet? We are still struggling to get into a consistent routine. I think today we are going to map out a schedule to try to incorporate strength training, explosiveness training, running, throwing/pitching, and hitting. Just was seeing what other types of daily routines people are getting into. Now that we are on a shelter in place/stay at home order by our county, trying to figure out how to incorporate everything into the area around our home.
    In December I setup a hitting mat and (3) GoSports 7x4 hitting nets in the basement. Little did I know it would get this much use. Here's the routine for my 13 yr old (plays primarily Second base)

    Sunday & Wednesday - Hitting off the tee. Wood with 2" PowerNet Balls then Drop 5 with Diamond Flexi Balls. He also does bunting with the yellow micro balls and a thin bat.

    Monday & Thursday - Conditioning - Right before the virus hit, I purchased the Ultimate Sandbag with the Water bag option. This turned out to be an excellent addition as he can do a core training routine at home that is super beneficial for baseball.

    Tuesday - Fielding in the basement. Dry hands work from the knees. Series of Forehand and Backhand. Starting with Bare Hand, Flat Glove, 9" Glove then regular glove. We also do a series of small Disc Golf Frisbee throws/catch to work on hand/eye coordination. Fun!

    Friday - Throwing - Outside to an empty field. Series of throws from 30', 60', 90' Turn Double Play, 100', 120', 70' then infield in, play at the plate. Working both one shuffle and two shuffle footwork throws.

    Saturday - Off (or switch up throwing day depending on the weather).

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  • pattar
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    Originally posted by Colonel21 View Post
    Has anyone gotten into a daily routine yet? We are still struggling to get into a consistent routine. I think today we are going to map out a schedule to try to incorporate strength training, explosiveness training, running, throwing/pitching, and hitting. Just was seeing what other types of daily routines people are getting into. Now that we are on a shelter in place/stay at home order by our county, trying to figure out how to incorporate everything into the area around our home.
    Our shelter in place allows for exercise so since the local field is open I consider going to the field with my 5 YO and 10 YO to fall within that purview We've been doing that every other day or so along with doing some stuff at home (fielding drills, tee work, wiffles and just playing catch with the 5 YO) plus some basketball at home.

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  • sparkny2
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    When the weather permits, we go to a secluded part of the part and hit with the plyo balls. I have a portable Atec screen so I can front toss to him and since the park is attached to a school he hits against the wall so there no crazy pick up mess. I have been using a modified DL hitting program that includes both tee and front toss with the open and close stances

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