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1-2-3 Drill

Skill Set: Hitting

Difficulty Level: Easy

Number of Athletes and Coaches: 1-2 athletes and 1 coach, or 2 athletes as partners

Average Time to Complete: 10 minutes

Equipment Required: Tee, baseballs, net or screen to hit into

Goal: Load so that weight is shifted mostly to back foot, stride while staying balanced

Description of the Drill:

• Tee set up slightly in front of the middle of the plate

• Hitter sets up even with the plate, while other partner puts a ball on the tee

• Hitter gets ready, looks forward to visualize a pitcher

• Partner then calls out "1, 2, 3" pausing after each number, on each number hitter will:

     º 1: Hitter loads shifting weight to back foot

     º 2: Hitter strides while staying balanced, hands separate to move back from the         shoulder

     º 3: Hitter swings and hits the ball

• Hitter tries to hit the ball back up the middle

• Partners switch after 5 swings

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Add Difficulty:

• To add a degree of difficulty, one of the partners can stand 30 feet away on the other side of the net the players are hitting into (shown below) and go through a dry pitch like a pitcher (without a ball), this gives the hitter a real visual of a pitcher (1, 2, 3 should still be separated motions)

• The hitter can also move the tee to different contact points (inside, middle, outside) as shown for a right handed hitter below

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