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    Question Slam Ball

    DD is about to start working with the slam ball. We took a look at Rick Pauley's set up and ordered the same ball and added the PVC pipe. How many sets and reps are your DD's doing? Anyone have success when adding this to their training program?
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    A change up should be kept low so that if the hitter does time it, they have to make the secondary adjustment of going down to hit the ball also. 2 movements in the hitter doubles their chance of a bad swing. The combo of being able to read the pitcher's change up early and doing a backflip to keep it up in the zone is a deadly combo. - Bill Hillhouse

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    Was gonna order a slam ball yesterday but ran out of time. Been trying to figure proper weight to start. Have a 15yo 5-5 / 125#. Has been doing strength training since Aug. Looking to escalate intensity with slam ball. Any input would be appreciated.

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    I use a 4lb for the smaller kids and a 6lb one for my older ones...
    We have a leader board that we keep track of the number of wall strikes in a 30 sec period.
    She must beat her last recorded number by at least 1 rep... if she fails to beat her last score, she must continue to slam for an additional 15 sec.

    NOTE: make sure they're breathing... I've had a couple nearly pass out
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    Quote Originally Posted by diamond14 View Post
    Was gonna order a slam ball yesterday but ran out of time. Been trying to figure proper weight to start. Have a 15yo 5-5 / 125#. Has been doing strength training since Aug. Looking to escalate intensity with slam ball. Any input would be appreciated.
    I bought a 6lb "rope ball" from overstock ... I believe it was on sale for about $45
    this should be a good size to start with her.... 8lb will be a bit heavy to start with
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    Any videos or examples of kids working with the slam ball?
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    Quote Originally Posted by coach james View Post
    I use a 4lb for the smaller kids and a 6lb one for my older ones...
    We have a leader board that we keep track of the number of wall strikes in a 30 sec period.
    She must beat her last recorded number by at least 1 rep... if she fails to beat her last score, she must continue to slam for an additional 15 sec.

    NOTE: make sure they're breathing... I've had a couple nearly pass out
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    We picked up an 8lber so it may be a bit heavy so we'll start slow. I tried it last night and I was winded after 2 minutes. Appreciate the reply!
    A change up should be kept low so that if the hitter does time it, they have to make the secondary adjustment of going down to hit the ball also. 2 movements in the hitter doubles their chance of a bad swing. The combo of being able to read the pitcher's change up early and doing a backflip to keep it up in the zone is a deadly combo. - Bill Hillhouse

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    we got ours last week. need to hook up the pvc handle this week. I'm in recovery model from the Pauly clinic week.

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    Looks like a great method to build core strength. Arm and leg too. Makes me tired watching.

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