WHAT IS IT? Contact Rate is a measure of how many at bats end with a ball put into the field of play, be it a hit or an out.
HOW IS IT CALCULATED? It is determined by subtracting the number of stikeouts from at bats and then dividing the difference by the number of at bats a player has.
(At Bats - Strikeouts) / (At Bats) = Contact Rate
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? It is important because it shows how often a player is making contact with the ball, putting it in play, and in turn, increasing their opportunity to get on base or move other hitters on the bases. Contact Rate is a good indicator of a player's ability at the plate.
Usually a player with a higher contact rate is going to have a higher batting average than a player with a lower contact rate.
TIPS TO IMPROVE One major factor in having a good contact rate is a quick, level, and efficient swing.
An easy way for anyone to improve their swing is by getting comfortable with proper swing mechanics. One way to acheive that is through muscle memory. A player can practice taking repititions from anywhere without a ball or any other equipment.
ADDITIONAL INSIGHTS Learn more about how improving contact rate can help your favorite players on and off the field.
QUIZ Try to answer the following question to see if you have a grasp of what contact rate is:
If a player has 20 at bats and they hit four singles, two doubles, one homerun, five fly outs, five groundouts, and three strikeouts what is their contact rercentage?
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