I was talking with a coaching friend about getting ready for our respective high school pre-season batting cages in January, and the discussion of reviewing hitter videos came up. He asked what the most important things to look for were when breaking it down. After giving it some thought, here is the list I came up with. I wrote it keeping in mind what are non-negotiables, and tried to avoid too much nit-picking. Even at that, it got a little long (7 things). I'm ready for suggestions!
1. Do they coil into load?
2. Do they forward by coil onto the inside of the front foot? (MTS's does the hip "lead" the front knee?)
3. Do they load the scap/pull the bow/place the hands on the shelf at toe touch? (Posture at toe touch)
4. Do they unwind from the bottom up? (Hips and then hands)
5. Are they on plane with the pitch? (Hitting through a long zone, appropriate shoulder tilt into contact? Are they quick to the zone/short to it and then the long through it?)
6. Are they in a strong position at contact? (Shoulders behind the belly button, belly button behind the front knee - think power line from shoulders through feet - are they hitting inside the ball?)
7. Are they driving the ball, regardless of pitch height, into the "line drive zone" (Hitter's 32" to 51" zone*)?
*This may only make sense to me, so I won't try to explain it here.
Have at it! Thanks!
Last edited by MountieSB; 12-29-2012 at 10:45 AM. Reason: Addition of contributor thoughts.
Hey Mike, Good stuff! Your checklist is a great practical tool. IMO should be printed and used by parents. It is a list that I think could fit any of our swings and forces.
I think on mine. #5 On plane; I would in include, "are they quick to the zone" then the long through it.
RHC, thanks for the revision. It's been added!
You have listed everything in sequence and it is implied things should go in sequence just make sure it is a point of emphasis.
I wouldn't base my batting order by it though. Too many "real" world factors come in once they step out of the comfy cage zone.
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