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    I'm 16 years old playing in my highschool and summer league team. I'm planning on joining the ontario blue jays next year and hopefully to college/university ball.

    However, something is really throwing my bat off lately. During practice, I'm able to just comfortably drive the ball where I please. I almost hit a few dingers too. The problem really is that in our practice, the coach throws and throws kinda slow. Nothing compared to the pitchers I actually face. Nonetheless, that's not my excuse for failing.

    The problem really is that when it's my turn for the AB, I just can't concentrate well. I'm always telling myself, "swing at the first pitch if it's in my zone, it's probably the best pitch I can get to hit", yet I can't pull the trigger. No matter how much I see it in MLB games, I struggle doing it without being nervous.

    Today I went 0-3 with three strikeouts (although the second AB should have been a walk as the pitch was high, everyone agreed on that), and 2 of them were swinging strikeouts. I seem to just completely miss on contact too. It also puts me down that I know only fastballs were coming from that pitcher and everyone else, with the exception of a few, seemed to just tee off him. Think about how much worse when breaking balls come into play.

    So I really want to know if anyone could give me some advice to swing like I do in practice and overcome this nervousness I have. I just can't "see ball, hit ball", for me it's more like see ball, think about it, hit ball.

    Any help would be appreciated. I'm very serious about getting into college ball and Ontario Jays and my skill as a catcher is really carrying me now, but I need my bat to come into play.

    Thank you,
    Roy
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    Originally posted by Roy Halladay View Post
    I'm 16 years old playing in my highschool and summer league team. I'm planning on joining the ontario blue jays next year and hopefully to college/university ball.

    However, something is really throwing my bat off lately. During practice, I'm able to just comfortably drive the ball where I please. I almost hit a few dingers too. The problem really is that in our practice, the coach throws and throws kinda slow. Nothing compared to the pitchers I actually face. Nonetheless, that's not my excuse for failing.

    The problem really is that when it's my turn for the AB, I just can't concentrate well. I'm always telling myself, "swing at the first pitch if it's in my zone, it's probably the best pitch I can get to hit", yet I can't pull the trigger. No matter how much I see it in MLB games, I struggle doing it without being nervous.

    Today I went 0-3 with three strikeouts (although the second AB should have been a walk as the pitch was high, everyone agreed on that), and 2 of them were swinging strikeouts. I seem to just completely miss on contact too. It also puts me down that I know only fastballs were coming from that pitcher and everyone else, with the exception of a few, seemed to just tee off him. Think about how much worse when breaking balls come into play.

    So I really want to know if anyone could give me some advice to swing like I do in practice and overcome this nervousness I have. I just can't "see ball, hit ball", for me it's more like see ball, think about it, hit ball.

    Any help would be appreciated. I'm very serious about getting into college ball and Ontario Jays and my skill as a catcher is really carrying me now, but I need my bat to come into play.

    Thank you,
    Roy
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Jake Patterson View Post
      Have you read any of Harvey Dorfman's books??
      No I have not, nor have I heard of him
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Roy Halladay View Post
        No I have not, nor have I heard of him
        Here's a link... http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...me%2Caps%2C225
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        • #5
          Read Tom Hanson's "Play Big" (http://www.amazon.com/Play-Big-Tough...7858132&sr=8-1.

          Sounds like you just need to get out of your own way to succeed.

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          • #6
            Ask your coach to throw a little harder or move in closer if he can't (if he cannot bring the heat have him throw 20-25 feet away with some zip-no lobbing the ball in). But at best you ask your teammates to go with you since he will likely comply if all players want that. tell him you are overmatched in games because of the difference in reaction time.

            The reaction time should be realistic. Pitching speed is the biggest challange batters face as the move up since reaction time goes down. training should adress that.

            Also get your eyes checked. often a lack of contact is a result of bad eyes.

            third guess would be that your mechanics don't scale against hard pitching. squaring up slow tosses doesn't mean you have good mechanics. post a video here if you can here are some good experts.

            the urge of swinging at everything can mean that the "go" in your swing is too early since your swing is long. you don't want to push out your hands but load them late as the body is already starting to turn forward and accelerate the bat deep instead of out front with extended arms.
            Last edited by dominik; 05-24-2012, 08:02 AM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Roy Halladay View Post
              I'm 16 years old playing in my highschool and summer league team. I'm planning on joining the ontario blue jays next year and hopefully to college/university ball.

              However, something is really throwing my bat off lately. During practice, I'm able to just comfortably drive the ball where I please. I almost hit a few dingers too. The problem really is that in our practice, the coach throws and throws kinda slow. Nothing compared to the pitchers I actually face. Nonetheless, that's not my excuse for failing.

              The problem really is that when it's my turn for the AB, I just can't concentrate well. I'm always telling myself, "swing at the first pitch if it's in my zone, it's probably the best pitch I can get to hit", yet I can't pull the trigger. No matter how much I see it in MLB games, I struggle doing it without being nervous.

              Today I went 0-3 with three strikeouts (although the second AB should have been a walk as the pitch was high, everyone agreed on that), and 2 of them were swinging strikeouts. I seem to just completely miss on contact too. It also puts me down that I know only fastballs were coming from that pitcher and everyone else, with the exception of a few, seemed to just tee off him. Think about how much worse when breaking balls come into play.

              So I really want to know if anyone could give me some advice to swing like I do in practice and overcome this nervousness I have. I just can't "see ball, hit ball", for me it's more like see ball, think about it, hit ball.

              Any help would be appreciated. I'm very serious about getting into college ball and Ontario Jays and my skill as a catcher is really carrying me now, but I need my bat to come into play.

              Thank you,
              Roy
              Before the game, stand in batter's box bullpen and track pitches while your team's pitcher is warming up. Take a slow, soft stride as the pitch approaches. Focus on seeing as much of the ball as you possibly can. Watch the ball all the way from pitcher's release to the catcher's glove. After the pitch, say softly whether the pitch was a ball or a strike. Ask the catcher if there is doubt. All of this will help get your eyes and timing ready for the game.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by omg View Post
                Before the game, stand in batter's box bullpen and track pitches while your team's pitcher is warming up. Take a slow, soft stride as the pitch approaches. Focus on seeing as much of the ball as you possibly can. Watch the ball all the way from pitcher's release to the catcher's glove. After the pitch, say softly whether the pitch was a ball or a strike. Ask the catcher if there is doubt. All of this will help get your eyes and timing ready for the game.
                That's great. I do it all the time. you cannot practice tracking enough. I even do it while playing catch. most hitters watch the ball but few really focus. seeing a white blurr is not enough (it's enough to make contact but not to exactly hit the right spot of the ball). you gotta really focus and even try to see the seems of the ball.
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                • #9
                  Practice is an issue as most of the time the coach will softly toss it, not hard to hit those. However, when our fast pitchers pitch at times, my form is usually solid and although I won't get a hit everytime, i make sound contact. It's something

                  about the game that is killing me.

                  I know timing is an issue for sure. I always like to look at how fast the pitcher is throwing, but when I'm at bat I don't know any other pitchers except for the fastball that he throws during his warmup. That's what I always get weary of, which is why I usually am late on pitches. Majority of the balls I hit go to right field because of this.

                  I will do my best to get a video because I'm sure people here can help me
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                  • #10
                    Shall I dare delve into reality. If you're sixteen and can't hit in games chances are you're not a very good baseball player. You don't get to play college ball because you would like to. Players play college ball because they are talented.
                    Last edited by tg643; 05-28-2012, 08:31 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Roy Halladay View Post
                      Practice is an issue as most of the time the coach will softly toss it, not hard to hit those. However, when our fast pitchers pitch at times, my form is usually solid and although I won't get a hit everytime, i make sound contact. It's something

                      about the game that is killing me.

                      I know timing is an issue for sure. I always like to look at how fast the pitcher is throwing, but when I'm at bat I don't know any other pitchers except for the fastball that he throws during his warmup. That's what I always get weary of, which is why I usually am late on pitches. Majority of the balls I hit go to right field because of this.

                      I will do my best to get a video because I'm sure people here can help me
                      If you are late consistently you could do it like jose bautista and cheat a little.

                      he is starting his hip rotation a little early and sitting on FBs middle in while trying to lay off a lot of offspeed stuff and outside pitches. at the HS level this might probably work but you would need a very good eye and not miss those pitches in your zone.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tg643 View Post
                        Shall I dare delve into reality. If you're sixteen and can't hit in games chances are you're not a very good baseball player. You don't get to play college ball because you would like to. Players play college ball because they are talented.

                        Thanks for the help

                        I didn't state I can't hit at all during games, merely that I was struggling as of late and was wondering what i can do about it. I've actually been doing well recently, 5-10 I believe.

                        So i do believe I have talent, but I need to work on preparing for the games better.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Roy Halladay View Post
                          Thanks for the help

                          I didn't state I can't hit at all during games, merely that I was struggling as of late and was wondering what i can do about it. I've actually been doing well recently, 5-10 I believe.

                          So i do believe I have talent, but I need to work on preparing for the games better.
                          Your posts appear to be a contradiction. One post you can't make contact. In the next you're 5-10. What you need to do is start being honest with yourself about your ability. Get to some college games, pay attention, be close enough to see the velocity of the pitches and ask yourself are you prepared for it, or are you dreaming. Next summer you need to be prepared to be in front of college coaches and produce.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tg643 View Post
                            Your posts appear to be a contradiction. One post you can't make contact. In the next you're 5-10. What you need to do is start being honest with yourself about your ability. Get to some college games, pay attention, be close enough to see the velocity of the pitches and ask yourself are you prepared for it, or are you dreaming. Next summer you need to be prepared to be in front of college coaches and produce.
                            The pitchers I would face, and some on our team, are already in the low-mid 80's. I've seen it, caught them and watched how they pitched. So really, it's not like I have no idea what I'd be facing in college.

                            I'm just trying to refine my swing and make it second nature to me. I know I have a lot of work to do, but it can be done
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Roy Halladay View Post
                              The pitchers I would face, and some on our team, are already in the low-mid 80's. I've seen it, caught them and watched how they pitched. So really, it's not like I have no idea what I'd be facing in college.

                              I'm just trying to refine my swing and make it second nature to me. I know I have a lot of work to do, but it can be done
                              If you think you're going to face low 80's in college you must be planning on playing at a low level. Even at the competitive level of D3 most of the pitchers start at 85. Those who don't have nasty stuff.

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