Helps kids understand the importance of the weight shift when generating power.
- Set up the tee at home plate or any open space in the outfield.
- One player is at bat.
- The others will help shag balls.
- Using cones, mark out a series of distance markers on the field, similar to a track and field throwing event (see diagram below).
- Place a ball of the tee for the first hitter.
- On the coach’s signal, she will load up her swing by shifting her weight backward and raising the stride leg to 90 degrees (similar to a pitcher’s windup).
- She will then stride forward and swing, trying to hit the ball as hard as she can.
- Line drives are best. But hard ground balls count as well.
- Track the distance of the ball until it stops rolling. Assign 1, 2, or 3 points depending on where it stops.
- Make sure the stride is straight toward the pitcher and under control.
- The hitter’s head and eyes should stay locked on the ball through the point of contact. Try to focus on a specific seam or scruff to increase concentration.
- When done correctly, this drill will demonstrate that a level or downward swing plane actually drive the ball further than an uppercutting swing.
- Make it harder: Move the distance markers all the way to the fence.
- Make it easier: Move the distance markers into the infield and shallow outfield.