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Rhythm Tee 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: 5 minutes

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

Goal: Focus on using momentum from the steps to drive the ball up the middle

Description of the Drill:

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

• Hitter sets up two steps back from the plate (toward the catcher position)

• Hitter crosses their back foot in front of their front foot, staying square to the plate

• Hitter then steps with the front foot into the normal area of their batting stance

• As front foot moves forward towards the pitcher, the weight should be shifted onto the back foot as the load, and the front foot should stride into the normal stride position

• Hitter then tries to hit the ball back up the middle, using the momentum from the steps

• Partners switch after 5 swings

Add Difficulty:

• To add a degree of difficulty, a coach can front toss to the hitter as the hitter continues to keep the same rhythm footwork, timing the steps with the pitch.

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Rhythm Tee Drill

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