This hitting drill teaches batters to hang in and go with the pitch, as well as how to hit a Curve Ball. (Young players are not as intimidated with a rubber ball.)
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- The ball is half of a rubber ball, and your bat is the size of a broom handle. (FYI, They do make official Half rubber balls and bats. Click here for more info…)
- You have a pitcher, a catcher and a batter (others can play the field if they like, but no one wears a glove).
- There are usually 3 to 4 people on a team.
- The game is simple—if the batter swings and misses the pitch, and the catcher catches it (without it hitting the ground) the batter is out. However, the batter can swing 1 time or 27 times, as long as the catcher doesn’t catch the pitch. There is no running of the bases either…strictly pitching, and hitting.
- If the batter hits the ball past the pitcher on the ground it’s a single, in the air is a double…then pick a line in the outfield to be the HomeRun line. Just like old school “Ghost Men” on the bases when you don’t have enough kids to have a full team!
- The toughest part of this hitting drill is learning to pitch half of a ball. The ball is thrown side arm with the flat part toward the ground. The pitching motion resembles throwing a Frisbee side arm.
- The more you angle the ball, the more it will curve. Now as the hitter—it’s hard enough hitting a curve ball, now try it with half a ball and half the bat!
- Equally as hard to pitch the half rubber ball, is catching a half rubber ball with no glove and its drastic movements.
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