Tuesday Tips to Tattoo the Ball
Baseball Strike Zone Tips
Coaching the strike zone to ball players is a continual process and a delicate one. Continual because just as hitting success, knowledge of the baseball strike zone comes and goes over the course of the season. Coaching the strike zone is delicate because coaches should not want to take the aggressiveness away from young hitters, which sometimes happens when scolded for swinging at bad pitches.
- Continually coach the correct hitting mechanics – the better the hitting mechanics, the more compact the swing and the longer a hitter can wait for the ball, which is crucial for knowing whether a ball is in the strike zone or not.
- Make sure players are the correct and same distance from home plate – during games, batting practice, and batting tee work standing the same distance from the plate is important. Many young ball players stand a different distance from home in games than in batting practice.
- Not allow players to expand the strike zone in batting practice – many young players think they are supposed to swing at every pitch in batting practice.
- Teach players to watch balls they do not swing at all the way to the catcher’s glove – often, balls taken are strikes, or closer to strikes, than thought, when they did not swing.
- Ask players where the pitch was – either after taking a pitch, or swinging at it, ask players where the pitch was located. Often, players do not know where balls were located, especially ones that they swung at.
Finally, coaches should never get too upset when players swing at bad pitches so they do not discourage players from swinging or make them defensive hitters instead of aggressive ones.