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Coach Andy's Hitting E-zine, #36 - Tryouts
January 26, 2007

Are you ready for Tryouts?

I mentioned in my last newsletter I would talk about getting ready for the upcoming season and setting goals.

For many of you the season is upon you, with tryouts either here or right around the corner. (If your tryouts are over, now's the time to really start practicing, before you get the call that tells you about your first practice.)

My son's league had their tryouts last Saturday!

I don't know how many parents I overheard say that this was the first time their son had picked up a bat since June.

Hopefully if you're on this list and you've listened to my advice you've been practicing through the off season.

The timing is the first thing to go, so out of hundreds of kids trying out, only 2 hit it out of the infield. I'm proud to report that my son, who's practiced hitting at least 100 days since last season, was one of those 2.

So if you have tryouts still coming up get timed to fast and slow pitches. Tryouts are normally geared to a lower level player, so they normally will throw slower than tournament pitchers will throw, so practice hitting the slow stuff (tell your kids you're helping them practice hitting the change up :)

Another way to get ready for the season is to review what you know about having a good swing. Review past newsletters (see link toward the bottom of this newsletter).

I've added some more videos from different coaches that will help improve your swing before tryouts at

If you're in charge of a league, or know the person in your league that wants to get the players in their league to play better, especially in hitting, I have a great way to help all your kids in your league get better at a very low cost (cheaper than a video, but a lot more information and personalized training as well).

Or if you'd like me to e-mail my hitting tips to the players in your league, e-mail me (freehitting(at) (replace the (at) with an @)) to set that up. (A word of caution, if you use this e-mail account that I sent this to, there won't be any problems, but if you write from a different account or you send this on to a league director who wants to do this, but is not on my list, my spam filter will send a message that looks like a failure message, but there's a link in the message that you can click to be put on my whitelist and then when you resend it, it will go through fine. Don't you hate what the spammers make us do to protect ourselves from them?)

Or you can check out this great fundraiser idea.

Is a goal of yours to make the High School Team?

I think each of your should think of what you'd like to accomplish for this seaon in advance.

What I've observed is you need to make it challenging enough to motivate you to practice hard enough to reach the goal.

Good goals are to get a first hit, or a first home run (although that's a little harder, in that you shouldn't be trying to hit home runs, but trying to hit the ball harder and in the direction of over the infielder's heads into the outfield gaps, and only then, does it go out occasionally), or make a team you'd like, such as all-stars, an elite team, the high school team, getting a college scholarship, etc.

If your (or your child's) goal is to make the high school team you're in luck, as I will be conducting 2 tele-seminars (a free call-in session) where I'll be going over many of the areas that I know about that can make the difference in experiencing the joy of making the high school team or experience the pain of being on the cut list.

You need to have some basic skills, but out of 22 topics that I will attempt to cover only about 3 of them have to do with the basics of baseball or softball.

Most of the other 19 tips aren't really thought about by the students I've shared these tips with in the past, but have always helped each of them in reaching their goal in making the high school team.

I've only had one kid miss making the high school team that had set that as their goal, took lessons from me, and followed my advice (and that one missed one of the key elements that is in one of my 19 other points).

The two seminars will be just a little bit different for baseball and softball. (But are very similar, so if you can't make the one for your sport, call in to the other to get the major points in helping you make the high school team.)

Free tele-seminar training

If you'd like to attend one of these, please register your interest and fill out any question you might have and please fill in your e-mail address so I can get you on the call. I'm planning to have it this week. (I'm working out the logistics with the conference call company as we speak.) Find out about the seminars, Now!
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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