Believe it or not this tip has nothing to do with grip, mechanics, balance, head
position, weight transfer, open stance, closed stance, hitting to the opposite field,
watching the ball, knowing the strike zone, hitting in the cage, bat speed, following
through, or where your elbow is when you get into the box.
This tip is a vital thing for parents, coaches and young players to understand and
remember the night before the game, the day of the game, in the dugout, in the on deck
circle and in the batter’s box.
Every week, parents contact me because their son or daughter is in a hitting slump.
Now, I have dozens of interventions which I use to help baseball players to break
out of hitting slumps and to start to drive the ball with confidence, conviction, focus and
I work closely with a number of hitting coaches and we make sure the player is
mechanically and physically sound.
One tip that I have told many parents and coaches over the years is very simple
but it is exceedingly important. Realize that many kids and parents who seek out my
help are struggling with their relationship with their child around their sport. In this
case, it is baseball. And specifically, it is about hitting with more consistency, especially
in pressure packed situations.
So, here is the tip: Your child needs to know on a deep and sincere level that that you love them whether they hit two hundred or whether they hit four hundred.” Once your child believes this and feels this kind of unconditional love, he or she is set up to perform better at the plate. Make sure you communicate this message to your young player consistently and frequently.
For more hitting tips, find out about 101 Ways To Break Out Of A Hitting Slump