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Baseball Basics: Fielding, Pitching and Hitting

Hitting

One of the most frustrating things for players of all levels is hitting.  The thing to keep in mind is that an "all star" MLB player hits 30% of the time, at best.  That being said, there are things one can do to improve their chances at the plate.  Where hitting is pretty subjective, and stances vary from player to player, it's hard to find catch-all material that works "every time."

That begin said, here's some basic ideas for beginning hitters:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuhwyV32aLU

 

Here's some more advanced stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73Ljh3gELfg 

There's a lot more material out there.  I encourage you to do some searching on your own and decide if what you find can work for your team.

Intro

The long awaited Baseball Basics page!  See below for posts and videos to help with pitching, hitting and fielding.  Practice plan ideas coming soon.

Fielding

Here's some good tips on ground ball fielding:

http://probaseballinsider.com/baseball-instruction/how-to-field-a-ground-ball/

Nice little video from Ripken Academy.  They start slow, but as kids get it, you can speed this drill up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfqSNwFVv1s

Pitching

More info can be found on the COACHES tab, but here's a start:

Learning to Pitch: Coaching Tips

A good, strong throwing motion starts from the power position. In the power position, the player's body is properly in line and ready to make a throw.

Basic Pitching Mechanics

The ball should be facing away from you.

Your throwing arm should be directly behind you with your elbow slightly bent.

Your glove arm should be a little bent and almost horizontal to the ground. You should be able to read a watch on your wrist.

Your glove elbow is pointing toward the target.

Your front foot is pointing towards the target.

Your hips are timed with the throwing arm.

Your trunk rotation creates the power.

Follow through with your throwing arm and trunk.

Lead to the plate with your front hip and heel.

Your front knee should be pointed behind you on the wind-up.

 

Covers the basics, and some more advanced stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X26cwcxfRU