Struggling Hitters Advice
Coaching hitting, especially when dealing with struggling hitters, is as much mental coaching as it is the physical training. Every hitter will encounter tough spells at one time or another. For team coaches, there will always be a few struggling hitters at any given time. That is the nature of the toughest skill to perfect in all of sports. When any little aspect of hitting a baseball goes awry, be it the mechanics, timing, pitch selection, vision, or confidence – the chance of hitting consistency goes out the window.
Many coaches lose confidence in struggling hitters and drop them in the batting order, ignore them, or continually state, “You have to practice more” at times like that. None of those things help a player get back in the groove. The best coaches stay encouraging and provide mechanical tips to help players get out of their hitting slump. There is no one sure way to help struggling players, but with the right things said from patient adults, kids will figure things out.
Giving players hope is the key and that comes from a number of things including teaching players how to visualize. The ability to see oneself perform in positive ways is priceless for athletic success.
Struggling hitters advice to print out from former major leaguer Jack Perconte
Jack Perconte has dedicated his post-major league baseball career to helping youth. He has taught baseball and softball for the past 28 years. His playing, coaching and parenting stories create better experiences for athletes and parents. Jack has written over a thousand articles on coaching baseball and youth sports. Jack is the author of “The Making of a Hitter” and “Raising an Athlete.” His third book “Creating a Season to Remember” is now available. Jack is a featured writer for Baseball the Magazine. You can also find Jack Perconte on YouTube with over 120 fun and innovative baseball instructional videos.