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Coach Andy's Hitting E-zine, #55 - Winter Hitting Training
November 24, 2008

Ideas for Winter Hitting Training

This month I'm going to be talking about winter hitting training and what you can do to prepare for the new season.

We just received our little league signup sheets in the mail today, isn't it great?

On the other hand one of my other sons just called from college in New York and said they had their first snow flurries, so for some of you keeping your motivation toward being a better hitter takes more of a commitment than others. You have to get really creative.

Recommit to being a good hitter this year

The off season is a perfect time to do some things you can't when you're playing everyday or 2 - 3 times per week.

1. You can learn something new or work on a weak area. Now's possibly the time to learn rotational hitting if you haven't tried it yet.

2. Get your hitting muscles stronger, condition yourself to play longer and stay in shape through the whole season.

3. Watch Baseball movies or visit websites that talk about the game you love to keep the fire burning.

A special deal on learning

Learning a new technique can take a long time to learn and when you are practicing with the team and playing games it's hard to slow it down enough to learn the proper fundamentals of the new hitting technique or concentrate on the area where you've been weak.

So the goal would be to get the proper information and training then practice it daily over a long stretch of time, like the 2 - 3 months you have between now and the beginning of the next season.

I'll provide the information you need. Here's a special deal for you.

If you've followed me all year, you realize I only discount my products once a year.

NOW is that time. So if you've been thinking about buying my video on how you can hit the best, either with the rotational swing or fixing up your linear swing, or my book on "How to make All-Stars", or my audio CD interview with 12 time ASA national championship coach, Phil Bruder, on his hitting style, then now's the time, because I've marked them all 1/2 OFF!

But the Sale ends Friday, so don't delay.

These are perfect information products for those of you who need to know how to perform at your best or for your hitter that you want to see take their game to the next level.

Rush over to before this Friday to take advantage of the great deals.

Get your hitting muscles stronger

Last month I told you about the Major League Strength Coaches Performance Clinic. It was a great success.

I know many of you couldn't fit it in to your schedule, but the good news is they recorded all of it on to DVDs, so now you can bring the clinic into your home. These are professionals that work with major league teams and players talking about and demonstrating what muscle groups need to be excercise and for how long to get the most out of your performance next season.

This is the perfect winter hitting training, especially for those of you who might be home bound until the spring. Check out the information on the DVD's of the Major League Strength Coaches Performance Clinic.

Check out this staff. Do you think you could learn a thing or two from these guys?

Dana Cavalea -- Dana currently serves as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the New York Yankees. He is the Founder of Major League Strength, a consulting company created with the vision of enhancing knowledge and training methods of coaches and players in the baseball community.

Frank Velasquez -- Frank is the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is a certified Athletic Trainer, as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Dan Huff -- Coach Huff has spent the last 7 years developing strength & conditioning programs for Collegiate ballplayers. He is also the owner of a Baseball Strength website

Frank Dolan -- Strength and conditioning specialist Frank is a former professional baseball player from the Italian Baseball League, as well as a top college player at SUNY Brockport.

Brian Becker -- Brian is the Director of Sports Physical Therapy at Excel Rehabilitation & Sports Therapy. Brian has specialized in the care and injury prevention of the baseball athlete over the past 12 years. He also has worked with several Major League Players.

George Loft -- George serves as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Long Island Ducks Professional Baseball Team, as well as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Dowling College. He oversees training programs for the entire College, and is a former Minor League Player. George is a graduate of NC State with a degree in Exercise Science.

Eric Cressey -- Eric is the president and founder of Cressey Performance, a Boston-based strength and conditioning facility specializing in performance enhancement and injury prevention in baseball players.

Here's the link to this clinic

Watch this Baseball Movie and others

This tip is for those nights or days it's too cold to go outside.

Try watching one of the many great baseball movies that have been made.

The last one created I mentioned a few months ago when it came to theaters, but it was only there a week or two so even I missed it, but it's now out on DVD and it's wonderful.

It's called "The Final Season". You will not be disappointed in watching this. It's a true story about a small high school (110 students, half boys) that has won 19 state titles against many of the state's much larger schools playing their final season due to the school closing.

If you're a coach you get a great tip in the first 10 minutes. There's lots of good baseball and healthy small town values in this film, so put it on your to watch list.

You can also travel the Internet watching old highlight films from or

You can also join social networking sites that have common interests in baseball or softball where you can talk with other like minded individuals.

One such site I joined was Twitter, so some of you had already seen some of these tips above and you got a head start on my sale so if you too want this and other information that I don't put in the newsletter then go to my Twitter page and "Follow Me" and check back occasionally and you should see 3 - 4 thoughts per week or more.

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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