Do you have players that have an upper cut swing and fly out a lot of the time? I remember the first year my oldest son played tee-ball. He was about five years-old, and he thought it was good to hit the ball up in the air, and consequently he began developing an upper-cut swing. We'd try to work with him to level off his swing, but he'd always return to the upper-cut. He'd hit the ball pretty far, but unfortunately it was mostly up, and ...

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Hitting Tips

Posted on July 17, 2013

Where should I try to hit the ball? Always approach the inside & top part of the ball. This will help the ball go where it should go. If it's pitched inside you'll pull the ball. If it's away, you should go the other way with the ball. Approach the ball inside and on top and you'll have a lot more line drives and ground balls - instead of line drives and fly balls. Important: Make sure when you make contact that you have your top ...

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The Basics of Swing Building

Posted on July 17, 2013

Build a house or build a swing…it all starts with a good foundation. You will play as good as you practice! Writing a single article on something so complex that it causes sleepless nights for the best trained and paid talents in the world is daunting…at least to this coach. Styles vs. Absolutes First - I cannot and will not debate hitting styles, though I certainly have my opinion. The reality is that half of the Hall of Fame has an ...

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The Batting Average Is Satan

Posted on July 17, 2013

Coach JP Says: A lot of guys know, understand and can teach a great swing…a vital part to maximizing your athlete. Dedicated players will take most of the swings they need to improve. The players who don’t are ultimately eliminated at some future point anyway, so to me a lot of batting practice is a given. This article and this perspective is different…an edge for you if you choose. Please listen to “Spring.” This guy battled ...

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Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan!

Posted on July 17, 2013

1st Things First! Commit to having a plan. With a plan, you have direction. With direction, you get more done in less time and are more apt to get results…which makes you want stick with your plan…and repeat it even more…which gets you better quicker…get it? But…what do I plan? My summary is to always work on your weak points…but let’s mix the fun stuff in as well. It’s off season, you know it’s important, but this is ...

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Ever hear of a ball player named Rudy Jaramillo? Probably not. How about batting Coach Rudy J of the Rangers… No? How about 1972 #1 draft pick Rob Ellis, (that’s the baseball “Heisman Trophy”, folks). Doesn’t ring a bell? Former Twins Batting Coach Rob Ellis…no? All understandable…after all, how many current Big League Batting Coaches can you name at all? But, man do they matter. A Couple of examples and then to the ...

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Blocking Is The Easy Part

Posted on July 10, 2013

It is common knowledge among youth baseball and softball coaches that the one play most responsible for scoring runs is not the blast over the fence or the shot in the gap; it’s the passed ball. As coaches we often find ourselves asking why is it so difficult for our young catchers to keep the ball in front of them. Why do so many balls get by and allow runners to advance and ultimately score? To understand the problem lets divide passed ...

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