Welcome to Discuss Fastpitch

Your FREE Account is waiting to the Best Softball Community on the Web.

Register Log in

Gather

Oct 2, 2017
360
28
Is a higher leg kick batting gather to much for a 7-8 yr old? Today my daughter tried different ways to gather and she said she felt most comfortable doing a higher leg kick.I'll admit on video she looked the most athletic and fluid doing it. There was no leaning over the back knee and foot etc. What concerns me is head/eye movement doing it. Just curious of what your guys opinions are.

Sent from my FRD-L04 using Tapatalk
 
May 24, 2013
9,620
83
So Cal
If the leg kick is affecting her ability to be on time, it's an issue. If she is able to use it at a mechanism to help her be on time, that's a good thing. Expect to run into coaches who want to take it out of her swing as soon as they see it.

As for head movement, I like to see the head work along a horizontal line until foot-down. I don't like to see changes in head elevation while the player is reading the incoming pitch. Once the stride is down, the head should remain fairly still (some players head's will go backwards, and that is usually okay).
 
Oct 2, 2017
360
28
If the leg kick is affecting her ability to be on time, it's an issue. If she is able to use it at a mechanism to help her be on time, that's a good thing. Expect to run into coaches who want to take it out of her swing as soon as they see it.

As for head movement, I like to see the head work along a horizontal line until foot-down. I don't like to see changes in head elevation while the player is reading the incoming pitch. Once the stride is down, the head should remain fairly still (some players head's will go backwards, and that is usually okay).
Thanks for the reply. I can understand it affecting her ability to stay on time. She will have to start early and slow.

Sent from my FRD-L04 using Tapatalk
 

pattar

Clueless..
Jun 8, 2016
2,806
83
Is a higher leg kick batting gather to much for a 7-8 yr old? Today my daughter tried different ways to gather and she said she felt most comfortable doing a higher leg kick.I'll admit on video she looked the most athletic and fluid doing it. There was no leaning over the back knee and foot etc. What concerns me is head/eye movement doing it. Just curious of what your guys opinions are.

Sent from my FRD-L04 using Tapatalk
If she likes the leg kick go with it...its her swing :cool:

Timing issues will work themselves out over time, just be patient and give her lots of front toss.
 
Sep 19, 2018
98
8
Is a higher leg kick batting gather to much for a 7-8 yr old?

Sent from my FRD-L04 using Tapatalk
I am new here and learning a lot. My first though here is, "Does she have the strength to stay balanced enough to be consistent in her stride?" I did my first 10u coaching (Rec) this year and I had 9 and 10s that couldn't stay balanced with a leg kick that didn't seem very high at all. I know I need to change expectations.


cmn
 
Oct 2, 2017
360
28
She's not too bad in her balance. When i say leg kick I dont mean no major high mlb leg kick, like Justin Turner for example.
I am new here and learning a lot. My first though here is, "Does she have the strength to stay balanced enough to be consistent in her stride?" I did my first 10u coaching (Rec) this year and I had 9 and 10s that couldn't stay balanced with a leg kick that didn't seem very high at all. I know I need to change expectations.


cmn
Sent from my FRD-L04 using Tapatalk
 

Members online

Latest threads

Forum statistics

Threads
33,666
Messages
487,648
Members
15,321
Latest member
bwpersy
Top