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Coach Andy's Hitting News, Issue #018-- Winter Hitting Training
January 27, 2005

Winter Hitting Training

It's one month into winter with 2 more months to go. So how do you get better at hitting while the weather is not the best?

Most of you don't want to hear about us that can practice the way we always do, in our shorts and t-shirts, so I'll spare you.

Even we had huge rainstorms that lasted a week, which drove us indoors and looking for bad weather drills.

Here are 3 things you can do in bad weather.

1. Sliding

2. Some indoor hitting work

3. Goal Setting


Use the bad weather to have a fun time and learn your sliding. As you're going to be a good hitter you'll immediately become a base runner and that means you'll need to slide from time to time. You can use the mud, or wet grass, or some snowy conditions where it's both soft and slippery.

Do you know the 2 reasons to slide?

Test yourself on this question and I'll answer later on at the end of the sliding lessons.

Here are 3 simple steps I use to teach the simple pop-up/figure 4 slide.

Step 1). Have the players sit cross-legged. This determines the leg that will go underneath on the slide. It's the one they put underneath when they sat down. This way it will feel more comfortable for them. Then have them extend the top leg straight ahead so they can get the look and feel of what their lower body needs to do (a figure 4).

Step 2). Have 2 parents/coaches hold a bat (or a strong stick or pole) at the front of the sliding area high enough up so that the players start out holding the bat. They then swing into the slide and let go which puts them in the perfect sliding position and shows them how their hands stay up and then back out of the way.

Step 3). Don't move into full slides until they master step 2. But from there it's just into the running slide.

The answers to the quiz (the 2 reasons to slide are):

1) To avoid a tag &

2) To stop (sometimes we want to run as hard as we can to a base but don't want to overrun it)

Indoor Winter Hitting Work

I would encourage you to do some things indoors to work on your hitting.

1) You can get in front of a full-length mirror and check your stance and how your hips are moving and your hands. Check the angles of your body and see if everything matches what you should look like if you had a perfect swing.

If you're playing softball or like a simpler approach to the baseball swing, print the seven steps to great hitting and check how each step is looking. If you need a more detailed approach to the seven steps, you can get them e-mailed to you for free.

2) You can practice your bunting with a great drill where you catch a whiffle ball or a rolled up sock and drop it, just like you should be doing with your bat -- catching the ball with your bat and dropping it softly.

3) If you have a basement or a garage you can even setup a batting cage like environment with a pitching machine that throws golf ball whiffles.

I can get you the same machine at the same prices, but if you buy it from me you'll get a free gift in addition to what you get there. Contact me if you'd like to get one.

I highly recommend the unit for anyone wanting to be a better hitter.

Goal Setting

Last month I encouraged you to set your sights on hitting your first home run this year or raising your batting average 50 or 100 points or making the all-star team.

And followed that advice up by saying make sure you give yourself enough time to make it and put in enough practice. And adding, that you needed to put a reason why you "have" to make that goal. And finally getting someone to help you reach the goal, whether it's a coach, a parent, or another player.

How are you doing on your goals? Winter is a great time to work on setting goals and planning to achieve them.

For me, I missed my goal by 3 weeks, but we now have 500 members to this newsletter! Thank you so much. Please continue to pass this newsletter to all your softball and baseball friends and encourage them to sign up.

This year I'm setting goals to start a blog on hitting and getting you an RSS feed (I'll even explain these great new technologies that can help you keep up with the latest information and ideas on great hitting.) I should have that up within this next month.

I'm also about 80% of the way to adding a simplified teaching method for rotational hitting for the baseballers and any softballers that are interested.

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Thanks again for all of you who read this newsletter. If you find it of value, could you please pass it on to someone you can think of right now?

Talk to you next time.

Coach Andy

Coach Andy Collins has been helping players acheive 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.

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