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    Best Timing Drills

    You know what's interesting some times is front-toss but very slow-lobbed, with some air under it. Not to fool them but to have them figure out how to wait, when to load and how to generate power. And have them hit that lob pitch oppo too.
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    Good Job!!!!

    I've always thought girls act 'poorly' after an error (cry, pout, don't hustle in, show how ticked they are) as a defense mechanism. If they show how mad THEY are that they 'screwed up' they preempt others from being mad or disappointed in them. This is my go-to approach in that situation and...
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    Good Job!!!!

    The head coach I assisted with for years was an 'always positive' guy. Drove me nuts. I agree, how do you create accountability when everything is good try, mistakes are instantly forgotten if you say 'my bad' and when you miss a ground ball in warmups you just ask for another.
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    What Causes the Hips to Rotate in a HL Swing?

    Some pretty good one-leggedness insights over at TM Twitter today: https://twitter.com/Teacherman1986 It starts with this post: And he goes at it for about 20 posts on his timeline. Take it how you will. There's a lot to think about if you're curious. I'm not going to debate it but check it...
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    Tee vs front toss

    This is great advice, in particular the 'meatball' part. I don't think you need to be tricking or overly challenging hitters when developing. It's hard to hit even a meatball pitch consistently but training to do so can really advance the swing.
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    Tee vs front toss

    Eric's got lots of good actual info. My thought on how to change a movement: reps, with a purpose.
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    Tee vs front toss

    She may not be an instant hitting pro but she's a smart kid to describe what she's doing like that :) That's exactly what she's doing. Emphasis in the above sentence on *instant*. Just because we KNOW the answer doesn't mean she can implement it in a few sessions. 10,000 hours right? Maybe not...
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    Loose vs Tight Swings

    Most really young kids move like a wet noodle. I usually try to tighten up their links so they understand how their body parts work against each other and how to use the ground for leverage. I had a young DD of a friend and she would get to a 'finish' position that would twist her legs up and...
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    What Causes the Hips to Rotate in a HL Swing?

    Bobby S. just can't agree with you. The lead leg does its work well after most of the important stuff happens in my book, after launch. I like to think about the force generation in the swing as a slingshot created by the coil/stretch that is snapped forward at barrel launch, not a barrel...
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    Loose vs Tight Swings

    ...As far as old school trigger type swing --- old-school FASTPITCH swing :)
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    What Causes the Hips to Rotate in a HL Swing?

    It is fair to say that the rear leg (in a good swing) starts the rotation. You'll see many hitters begin to open up (their still-coiled torso/hips) before their front leg is fully weighted. It is also fair to say the front leg has a role in finishing rotation. But many would say, and I'd agree...
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    Loose vs Tight Swings

    I like this coach, and I like a lot of what he says. But the terms he uses can be misconstrued, IMO. And I worry a lot about that as we talk about hitting online. I LOVE the idea of taking out slack. That's critical. I wouldn't personally use the terms loose vs. tight swings. I'd use something...
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    Maintaining Coil

    I would just clarify, because it can be confusing. FIRST, you angle the rear foot/toes TOWARD the pitcher. THEN you perform the screw in move So Cal Seth describes above. Ideally, I think you retain some of the pigeon-toed look of the back foot angling inward even after screwing in.
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    Maintaining Coil

    Yes, screwing the back foot in (or angling it in or digging it in, whatever cue works) is a great way to feel/enhance the coil as well as set up the rear hip as the lower-half pivot point of the swing. Nice.
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    Throwing warm up?

    I've had 18U girls getting college scholarships pause at the L position (not taught by us) and having problems throwing from pitchers mound to first consistently. Teaching ANY static position puts that girl at risk of thinking they should STOP vs. pass-through that position. I'm NOT saying YOU...

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