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Short Bat, Top Hand Front Toss Drill

Skill Set: Hitting

Difficulty Level: Medium

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

Average Time to Complete: 10 minutes

Equipment Required: Screen for coach to throw behind, home plate, bucket of baseballs, short 28" bat

Goal: Focus on getting the barrel of the bat to the ball and hit it back towards the coach

Description of the Drill:

• Screen set up 15 feet from the plate

•Hitter sets up even with the plate, holding the short bat with their top hand

•Hitter should place bottom hand on their back shoulder

•Coach underhand throws the ball down the middle of the plate on a line at a slow to medium speed from behind the screen

•Hitter hits the ball with the short bat with their top hand only

•Focus should be on getting the barrel of the bat to the ball and hitting it back towards the coach

•Partners switch after 10 swings

•This drill can also be done off of a tee

Add Difficulty:

•To add a degree of difficulty, coaches can throw pitches inside and outside

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Short Bat Top Hand Front Toss

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