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with Randy Ward,
Loyola Marymount University Assistant Coach;
in 2016, the Lions led the nation in doubles 106 and doubles per game 2.00
One of the reasons that hitting is so difficult is because its a complex, multifaceted skill. Batters must have not only a fundamentallysound swing, but also good timing, bat control, and eye tracking skills to hit a fastmoving ball consistently.
In this video, Randy Ward introduces you to the basic hitting mechanics and provides 16 diverse drills to build your teams batting skills. Coach Ward walks you through his hitting program, which gives hitters a specific purpose for every swing. Youll see:
Coach Ward explains the optimal body position at several key check points during the swing. Learn how the relationship between the bat angle to shoulder, combined with the relationship between the front elbow on contact and bat path can improve a hitters consistency and overall effectiveness. He explains how to hit pitches that are low in the zone by tilting the shoulders and not dropping the hands, which keeps the hitter in a stronger position as they approach contact.
Hitting is all about timing, and the goal of most pitchers is to upset the hitters timing. In one particular ABC Drill for timing, the players start singing the ABCs to themselves and stop when they make contact with the pitch. This drill helps reinforce timing and reminds batters of their internal clock.
Bat Control and Bat Path Drills
Learn the drills that will lead to improved bat control and an optimal bat path. A good bat path will help keep the bat in the zone longer, increasing the hitters chance of making solid contact with the ball. Bat control will help the hitter be more consistent to contact and help them steer the ball where it needs to go.
Create a Hitting Plan
Discover how to break the year into segments to develop hitters who make consistent contact on the ball. Use different points of emphasis in different times of the year to ensure that players understand and can execute the hitting plan:
This video will help your hitters improve their fundamentals while teaching them to make solid contact more consistently. Coach Ward shows how giving your hitters a clearly defined purpose in every aspect of the hitting program can foster buyin for a consistent team approach. The program is focused on empowering young hitters with the tools to selfdiagnose and correct flaws on their own so they can become complete hitters!
96 minutes. 2017