Improves vision, bat speed and timing
- For younger teams, assign a coach or parent helper to each player, who will act as the tosser.
- Older players can partner up and toss to each other.
- The tosser kneels at a 45 degree angle from the hitter 8-10 feet away, holding two balls stacked one on top of the other.
- The hitter sets up at a plate with her helmet and bat.
- The tosser lobs both balls into the strike zone and calls out “High!” or “Low!”
- The hitter identifies the target ball, swings and tries to hit a line drive.
- You can also do this drill using colored balls. Color one red and one blue ball using a permanent marker. Toss both balls and call out “Red!” or “Blue!” for the hitter to identify.
- Make it harder: Write “1” on one of the balls and “2” on the other. Call out the number for the hitter to identify.
- Make it easier: Tell the hitter which ball to hit in advance. Start with 5 consecutive high, then 5 consecutive low. Then mix it up.