Friday, July 15, 2011

Teaching Kids How to Hit a Baseball

Teaching Kids How to Hit a Baseball
By Jeffery A Wise

There are differences and similarities when comparing the hitting instruction for young players and older players. No matter the age, you can teach kids how to hit a baseball properly as long as you have the right instruction.

The basic fundamentals of hitting are the same throughout baseball, whether you're a kid or a college player. Proper hitting fundamentals remain the same and should be taught to kids early on. Here are the basic fundamentals that are the same no matter the age.

1.Proper hitting stance is shoulder width apart. At a young age don't worry about teaching open or closed stances.
2.Hold the bat vertical 6-8 inches away from chest level. Angle the bat slightly over the back shoulder.
3.Trigger mechanism to shift weight back to front at contact. This trigger generates the power in your swing.
4.Keep your eyes on the ball at all times. You can't hit the ball if you can't see it.
5.Maintain a smooth, consistent swing through the hitting zone. You will feel most comfortable if you have an established way to swing the bat.

Those are the main hitting fundamentals that every player needs to know.

There are differences, though, in what kids should be taught depending on their age. When teaching kids how to hit a baseball, you want to adjust your approach. Be very patient when working with kids. Don't rush them or get upset if they don't understand something. It's more important that they have fun than get it right. If you are going over hitting drills with kids and you see they are bored after awhile, then move to another part of practice, another hitting drill or something different all together.

Thirty minutes of well-planned hitting practice is more than enough for a small group of kids. If you want to teach kids how to hit a baseball better, then you need to do some practice too. Improve your knowledge by reading articles, books and watching baseball hitting videos. Soon you and the child will feel comfortable and confident.

Jeffery A Wise invites you to learn more about how to hit a baseball so that you can become a better hitter and help your team win. Start learning today at our site through articles, blog posts and videos and begin hitting the baseball with confidence.

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