Baseball Hitting Class with Jack Perconte
Before getting into the setup and mechanics of the baseball swing, coaches need to give ballplayers the incentive to practice. No better way to do that than to make practice fun and challenging. I set out to do just that and came up with a masterpiece for fun and incentive. It’s beautiful and does the trick. Tada A target like this makes practicing fun. The excitement is obvious with these young ballplayers in this video. Most important, a target helps provide the feedback needed to know if the swing was correct or not. This simple bed sheet target took about five minutes to make with spray paint and grommets found at the hardware store. Bingo – there’s a line drive to center for ten points, thank you very much.
I have never seen a hitter have sustained success in games when they could not produce solid results with a batting tee. Therefore, my baseball hitting class begins with a batting tee, but the hitting tips in all future videos apply to flipped balls and pitcher thrown batting practice, too. Boo yah – there’s another ten spot. Batting tee practice allows many repetitions in a short amount of time and Tee ball practice is a good way to groove the swing without worrying about timing and getting hit by pitched balls.
For those with less room to work, a smaller target also works – it gets no simpler than telling players where to hit the ball. Even hanging a target as small as the player’s baseball glove works to analyze swings and makes practicing more fun. Boom – put it on the board.
The targets should hang so that players are rewarded for line drives, the usual hitting goal. With the numbered target, players can try for high scores and can compete against others or themselves. Yes, another ten, take that Mike Trout.
Baseball Hitting Class Rocks It
It is so much fun to see kids excited about practicing and trying to improve. Sweet – there it goes again. Coaches can use their imagination to come up with different scoring games. Sometimes, I add a money ball to one of the swings or have double points on other attempts. I have accomplished hitters call out a number before trying to hit it to work on bat control. Tic tac toe is even a possibility. Players should write down their totals to compare with future attempts. Touch em all Mr. Jack.
For your information, the best ten ball sequence I had was 100 points – proof that I still have what it takes, or maybe, it’s that I finally figured things out years after my major league playing days. The walk off – how sweet it feels.
Jack Perconte has dedicated his post-major league baseball career to helping youth. He has taught baseball and softball for the past 27 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 in the works. Jack is a featured writer for Baseball the Magazine. You can also find Jack Perconte at YouTube with over 80 fun and innovative baseball instructional videos.