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Thread: 6 year old DD swing issues..

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    Quote Originally Posted by FP26 View Post
    In my opinion, Bellinger was fooled on that pitch, but still found a way to make contact.
    Agreed. I was just pointing out that him lowering that much seemed to cause his rear foot to do the same thing my DD's
    does on every pitch because she lowers herself on every pitch..fooled or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattar View Post
    All of you fine DFPers will be happy to know that DD's team had a hitting station with a tee which I am guessing was supposed to support a "level swing". Looked like one of these:

    https://www.eastbay.com/product/mode...RoCyWMQAvD_BwE

    Took all of my energy not to run into the cage and tackle her before she used it..grrr
    This is funny. Had that stupid tee out again last night. One of the kids turned it around so that the flat part was in front..I think she did it after she hit it a couple of times.
    Coach corrected her and said to use it the "proper way" as it promotes a level swing. I almost
    went out to the girl to congratulate her on her ingenuity . Also my DD tried to skip that station but was caught in the act...lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattar View Post
    Thought this was interesting. Bellinger lowering/dipping big time and his foot does the same thing as my DD..just wanted to add that to reinforce your comment.

    https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/919922164903526400
    https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/929784147010232320

    Another one. Seager doing something similar with back foot but obviously not as dramatic. Looks like he gets to that position when his front knee goes from straight to bent at or near contact. Coach mentioned the back foot again last practice and while I do think it has something to with her lowering herself too much, I am wondering if it also is partially due to her getting to her not getting enough and not holding, stretch in her swing, with the possible result being a bent straight leg at contact. The reason I say this is we have been working on staying tall on low pitches and she is doing it better off the tee (she still flattens her barrel way too early way on pitched balls and hence really has no choice from there to lower herself to
    be able to get her bat to a ball middle/low) . However even when she stays "tall" she a ) doesn't straighten up front leg and b) ends up in that strange position with her back foot.

    These posts regarding the back foot are just me trying to think out loud regarding what I am seeing. I am not really mentioning the back foot/front leg much in my instruction, hoping that if she does the other stuff correctly (sequencing and barrel path) it will work itself out.
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    Check out Justin Stone at Elitebaseballtv.com and Antonelli baseball both are on youtube. Justin has a lot of video's but the one I used the most with my DD was the feet together step and hit. Matt Antonelli has a really good video explaining why the "flying open shoulder" is usually misdiagnosed. I have been down the road you are on with my 8 yo starting when she was 6. Best thing I ever did was go to a couple of lessons from a reputable guy and learned to be patient, my attitude always affected her even when I thought I was hiding my frustration. She has progressed a ton just from giving her 2-3 week breaks. I learned this after she broke her thumb during rec ball, missed to tb tournaments and came back hitting better than she ever had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeP View Post
    Check out Justin Stone at Elitebaseballtv.com and Antonelli baseball both are on youtube. Justin has a lot of video's but the one I used the most with my DD was the feet together step and hit. Matt Antonelli has a really good video explaining why the "flying open shoulder" is usually misdiagnosed. I have been down the road you are on with my 8 yo starting when she was 6. Best thing I ever did was go to a couple of lessons from a reputable guy and learned to be patient, my attitude always affected her even when I thought I was hiding my frustration. She has progressed a ton just from giving her 2-3 week breaks. I learned this after she broke her thumb during rec ball, missed to tb tournaments and came back hitting better than she ever had.
    Thank you.

    Yes, I follow both of those guys on youtube. We've done the feet together drill before and it helped.

    My patience is improving, slowly. One thing which has helped me is to periodically look back at her older swings to get some perspective on she has improved. I've also learned some tricks which seem to make our hitting sessions go
    more smoothly. For example last night I gave her a hug before we hit and told her that I was proud of how
    hard she was working to get better. Had a great session. Hug thing probably won't work when she is 14 but I'll roll with it while I can

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattar View Post
    Thank you.

    Yes, I follow both of those guys on youtube. We've done the feet together drill before and it helped.

    My patience is improving, slowly. One thing which has helped me is to periodically look back at her older swings to get some perspective on she has improved. I've also learned some tricks which seem to make our hitting sessions go
    more smoothly. For example last night I gave her a hug before we hit and told her that I was proud of how
    hard she was working to get better. Had a great session. Hug thing probably won't work when she is 14 but I'll roll with it while I can
    Based on my own experiences, it might end sooner than 14. Ride that train as long as you can.

    Sincerely,
    - Dad of a 13yo DD
    A TB parent's life...Drive. Write checks. Eat tacos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric F View Post
    Based on my own experiences, it might end sooner than 14. Ride that train as long as you can.

    Sincerely,
    - Dad of a 13yo DD
    I bet if the hug involves slipping her a new Iphone it would work like a charm

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattar View Post
    I bet if the hug involves slipping her a new Iphone it would work like a charm
    You're going to need a lot of iPhones.....

    DD is only 9 and she's already imposed the "can't show affection in front of teammates" rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightning View Post
    You're going to need a lot of iPhones.....

    DD is only 9 and she's already imposed the "can't show affection in front of teammates" rule.
    Lol..I don't even own a cell phone myself!! The hug was in the privacy of our garage..not sure it would have gone
    over so well in front of her teammates. I should try...Dad's are supposed to embarrass their kids right?

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    From tonight. Sorry for the view.

    My mother used to tell me if I had nothing good to say then to say nothing....

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