Film with the camera angle positioned four feet to the left of the plate. Half of the ground balls should be off the bag and half should be holding a runner on. Film with the camera angle positioned four feet behind the first baseman. Half should be off the bag and half should be holding a runner on. When throwing to 2B, the baseball skills video must show the second baseman catch the ball. Film with camera behind 3B, showing both the outfielder and the third baseman. Film with camera angle behind home plate, showing both RF and C, focusing on throwing accuracy and arm strength.
The pitcher should throw batting-practice-type fastballs. Families can also use a pitching machine. Footage should be filmed either outside on a diamond or in a cage with a pitcher throwing batting-practice-type fastballs—no soft tosses. Take seven swings max at a time. Then, step out and rest for a few minutes. Use an aluminum never wood bat. Those who do not feel confident behind a camera or want to be sure that their skills video is of the highest quality might want to consider turning this job over to professionals.
There are several companies who take the worry and guesswork out of producing a skills video. Off the Tee, I really like to over emphasize things like relaxation, quiet and slow movement.
We just want everything to be under control. This is the last step in the progression before moving on to flips. This is to check that your swing is in a good place and ready for some added intensity.
From here I am getting into my swing, I can move the ball around a little bit. I can move it on the outside part of the plate, the inside part of the plate, all of that. Just stand a little closer to the batting tee. The balls a little bit out in front.
Take your time and work bat placement and form. I try to hit the ball to the far left corner of the cage. Again try to keep the ball off the ground and off the top. Practice that line drive.
Learning to pull the ball correctly is a difficult skill to master. All of these drills are designed to help you prepare to face the pitching you will encounter in the game. It pulls your barrel out of the hitting zone too soon, costing you power and decreasing your odds of making solid contact with the baseball. Usually this mistake results in hooking the ball, and probably hitting a ground ball to the pull side. The proper way to pull a baseball is to keep your shoulder closed as long as possible, allowing the barrel to work through the baseball.
The tee is slightly in front of your front foot, on the inner half of the plate. You want to hit line drives in the direction of where the pull-side gap would be.
Technique is very important when batting. As an assistant coach, I have watched older Little League players repeatedly strike out due to poor technique. On the other hand, very small players can hit very well with good technique.
Good technique, along with practice and more practice , will help the player become a good hitter. The front foot should be lined up with the front of the plate and the batter should take a wide square stance with weight slightly on the back foot. The feet should be a little wider than shoulder width apart. The bat should be held at about a 45 degree angle up from horizontal pointing straight back. The knees should be slightly bent toward each other and flexed. Maintain a good balanced stance. Keep the elbows down.
The back elbow should be at a normal 45 degree angle. Both eyes should be on the pitcher, ready to follow the ball from the pitcher into the plate. When the pitcher winds up, the batter will want to shift weight to the back foot. As the batter is ready to hit the ball take a small step forward with the front foot - this is known as the "stride".
The stride is usually " but can be more if it works for you.