BATTING PRACTICE TIPS

A BLUEPRINT FOR RUNNING A CHAMPIONSHIP BATTING PRACTICE


Batting Practice Tips That Rip!!


Batting practice is a must for any successful team. But poorly executed batting practice can be slow and boring, not to mention the bad habits that an ineffective batting practice can create both at bat and in the field.



Use our Batting Practice Tips to make your BP TIME ROCK!

Batting practice should take no longer than 35-40 minutes for a team of fifteen players. Good BP should flow quickly with crisp movement. A number of things (other than hitting) can be accomplished during a good quick round of BP.

Follow the batting practice tips below to get ahead of the competition.




EFFECTIVE BATTING PRACTICE TIPS Animations - baseball-08

  1. The batting practice pitcher must throw strikes and move quickly. If you use a pitching machine the coach that feeds the machine is in control.

  2. Hit in small groups of 4-6 players per group. For example, a team of 16 could hit in groups of four. A team of 15 players could hit in groups of five.

  3. Players should hit in rotations with no more than 8 swings during a rotation.
    Example:
  • Three rotations with each player hitting 8 per round.
  • Four rotations with each of the following:
  • Round One - 8 swings
  • Rounds Two and Three - 6 swings
  • Final Round - 5 swings


    **Lightning Round

  • Hit two and if the last one is a line drive you hit another one.
  1. Vary the purpose per round.

    Example:
  • Round One – 2 bunts; 6 hits to the opposite field.
  • Round Two - 2 hit/run, 2 up the middle, 4 anywhere.
  • Round Three – Hit 6 to any field
  1. Situational Hitting:
    If coaching advanced players you may choose to place a group with helmets running the bases. Each round can be a situational round where hitters are working to advance the base runner.

    Example:
  • Hit and run
  • Moving runners over from 2B
  • Scoring runners from 3B on a fly ball
  • Scoring runners from 3B with the middle infield back
  • Safety squeeze **An empty bucket can be manned in shallow center field by a pitcher. Balls to the outfield should be thrown to the bucket.

    **Use screens to protect the bucket fielder and the batting practice pitcher. The pitcher needs a tall ball feeder.

    **You will save a lot of foul balls if you have a roll on batting tunnel.

    **A grass screen placed in front of home plate will save on the divots during BP.

    **If a catcher is not available, use a sock net behind home plate.

  1. Groups not hitting should stay busy.
      Suggestions:
      **A coach/player can hit fungos to the infielders between pitches.

      **Have a group running the bases with helmets. **Infielders in each group work soft hands off the wall.

      **Utilize the batting cages by having the next hitting group working on tee drills, soft toss, etc. (A coach should be watching this area, unless the players are older and advanced)

      If a cage is not available, a group may hit wiffle balls on the side or in the deep outfield. Wiffle balls can be used with tee drills or soft toss drills. Tennis balls can also be used. If possible,purchase a soft toss net to hit into.

      **One day each week have a bunting station. A coach may work with players on bunting techniques before players hit on the field.


  2. Never allow players to walk when changing groups.

  3. If needed, use a digital clock at the dugout allowing 10- 15 minutes per group. This will keep the groups hustling and give them a sense of time.

  4. Charting hitters: For advanced players a coach/player/manager can sit behind home plate and chart where each ball is hit. Dotted lines can be used for ground balls, straight lines for line drives, and a curved line for a fly ball.
    A point system can be developed to give the players a batting practice evaluation.
  • 3 points for a line drive.
  • 2 points for a ground balls.
  • 1 point for a pop fly.
  • 0 points for missed swings or foul balls
    Players can view there charts after practice to see what type of balls were hit and to what fields.
  1. Video tape can also be used, especially early in the season. Use a digital camera on a tripod and set it up facing the hitter. (Be sure the camera is behind a screen or protective netting)

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