Isolates upper body mechanics so hitters can work on the proper bat path 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° angle from the hitter 8-10 feet away.
- The hitter sets up at a plate with her helmet and bat.
- The hitter drops into a kneeling position, with her back knee down and front leg extended to the front with a slight bend.
- The tosser lobs the ball into the strike zone.
- The hitter swings, trying to drive the ball into the net or field.
- If you’re doing this drill in the dirt, throw down a base, pad or towel under the hitter’s knee for comfort.
- Make it harder: Draw a number on each ball. Ask the hitter to focus on the ball as it approaches, then call out the number on it as she swings.
- Make it easier: Younger players may have difficulty generating much power from this position. Feel free to suggest a lighter bat, or have them choke up 2-3 inches.