This drill reminds the batter to keep her load short and hands in the hitting position when loading.

Set Up

Player stands at home plate or another area on the field. Coach stands behind player.


  1. Player gets into batting stance.
  2. Coach says, “Load.”
  3. Player moves body back into load position.
  4. Coach has her hand against player’s rib cage and offers light resistance to remind player to remain short when loading.
  5. Go back to normal batting stance and repeat.

Coaching Tips

  • Batter’s hands should be back behind the shoulder.
  • Back knee should be inside the back foot.
  • Back side of batter should not fall back. It should remain firm and press against the coach’s hand.