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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: 5 minutes
Equipment Required: Tee, baseballs, net or screen to hit into, short bat (28”)
Goal: Hitting line drives back up the middle, controlling the barrel of the bat, and keeping shoulders closed
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, holds the short bat with the hand closest to the knob of the bat (bottom hand)
• Hitter places other hand (top hand) across chest on front shoulder to keep shoulder closed
• Swinging with one hand, the hitter tries to hit the ball on a line back up the middle
• Partners switch after 5 swings
• To add a degree of difficulty, the hitter can move the tee to different contact points (inside, middle, outside) as shown for a right handed hitter below
• Hitters should hit outside pitches to the opposite field (or opposite side in a cage)
• Hitters should try to hit inside pitches back up the middle or a little to the pull side of the middle
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