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Coach Andy's Hitting E-zine, #57 - Preseason Ball
February 09, 2009

Preseason Ball

Preseason Ball is an interesting topic to be writing about baseball and softball for a wide audience because, like for us, little league baseball's first practice is tomorrow and I've seen other leagues talking about getting their early bird discount price for signing up before Feb. 28th, well after pitchers and catchers report for major league training camps.

So I'll try my best to give you all things you can do during the preseason (however that looks to you).

Also I'll give you a heads up on exciting news coming in future issues of my hitting newsletter.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Hopefully you've been heeding my advice during the off season to practice, work on new skills, do core training or other exercises to strengthen the baseball/softball muscles so you'll be ready for Preseason Ball.

If not, start immediately. It was sad to see the number of kids showing up to tryouts laughing and saying they hadn't lifted a bat since last season. If your first practice isn't tomorrow you can at least practice a little so you won't have to say that :)

If you are starting (or when you do start team practices) make it a goal to practice on the off days of your team practices so you'll be getting better than the majority of players that only practice with the team.

Do you know what the best way to do that is? Commit to either a set time each day or a set number of repetitions each day. Players at the highest levels practice 300 swings a day, take 300 ground balls a day or fly balls.

Players at a very good level and are extremely dedicated will put in at least 100 swings a day.

Still others will put in 25 - 50 swings a day. But whatever you commit to, do it daily. Even 25 swings a day is 175 a week where if you do a couple of team practices the best you're going to get is only 50 - 100, and after a whole season the person that's doing it daily, however so slightly is way over 2 - 4 (and could be 50) times better off on his or her practice swings.

I'm going to help you practice daily

I'm working on my next product which will help you in your daily practice swings. I loaded up the first piece into the computer today. I have about 3 more stages to get it into a format I can deliver it to the paying public.

BUT -- There's Great News for you as a reader of this newsletter. I'm going to be giving away this hitting practice helper to anyone signed up for this newsletter, so please spread the word that folks need to be on the newsletter before I come out with this or they'll have to pay for it.

Please pass along this link. There's a signup for this newsletter at the end of my hitting lessons page (it's the 3rd box at

What else is happening

As I mentioned in the last newsletter I'm getting involved in video on the Internet. I have a webcam and a Skype account, so I'll be able to talk to some of you face to face, then I'll also set up video on some of my pages. I'm going to start on the front page then on the hitting lessons page, followed by some of my students and their parents telling and showing you what you can acheive if you follow this advice I'm giving for Preseason Ball, Hitting Practice, Coaching Tips and Drills, and Off Season workouts.

I have some really exciting video ideas to really help your hitting coming in the months ahead so stay tuned.

What you can do if you're stuck inside

If you're stuck inside why not spend your time reading some Baseball Hitting Books or play some Baseball Video Games. They've actually shown that although the muscle memory doesn't translate the kids with good eye-hand coordination from video games have a head start in the eye-hand coordination needed for baseball or softball.

And for motivation, what a great way to spend a cozy night by the fire than to watch some Baseball Movies.

And it's never too late to get training than by watching and learning from baseball and softball training videos at my hitting training video page

Follow any of the underlined links and I've provided many books, video games, movies, and training videos to choose from which will make the wait for your preseason ball not seem so far away.

Don't forget to open the next couple of e-mails from me so you don't miss out on the exiting things I have for you to become a better hitter this season and please forward this to others who will want to hit better as well. Thanks for doing this and thanks for reading.

Again, if you have any questions or comments you can write to me via e-mail.

To see other hitting tips in past newsletters, go to the past issues of my hitting newsletter page.

Welcome to you who are new to my hitting e-zine.

Thanks for reading and talk to you next time.

Coach Andy

6801 Dove St. Ventura, CA 93003


Coach Andy Collins has been helping players achieve their goals in softball and baseball for over 30 years. He's an advisor to national teams and can help you be a better hitter. He offers free information on his website and through free e-mail hitting lessons and has just introduced a new hitting video discussing and demonstrating how to hit great with either the rotational or linear hitting methods.

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