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Struggling Hitters

Jun 27, 2008
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Just a quick question for coaches, say you have a good hitter who is in a slump lately. They are usually top 4 in your lineup but can't seem to be connecting lately, would you move them down in the lineup to possibly give someone else a better chance at getting on base or just keep them there and hope they turn things around soon?
 

Jul 17, 2008
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in the dugout
we usually just left them alone unless they struggled for an extended period of time. our top two batters were almost automatic on base hitters so it was important to get someone behind them that would reward them for getting on base. but i would give the hitter a few games to get things worked out. hitting is such a mental thing i don't want a good hitter thinking we don't believe in them just because they're in a little slump.

we had a dad that kept telling us this summer that his dd was hitting .800??? she was hitting closer to .250. when i told him that our batting lineup was based on how well the girls hit he told me he could do lot better job at the lineup and some of our leadoff hitters hadn't had a hit all summer. he said it wasn't just batting% but it was on base% that he looked at and he "knew" because he kept track of girls... he eveidently had a photographic memory becuase he didn't keep a book:eek: PARENTS...
 
Jul 16, 2008
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Oregon
Did you keep stats to show the parent? I update our stats after every tournament and post them for all to see. Believe me I didn't have one parent say that their kids were doing better than the numbers showed. Sally batting .071 with 105 strikeouts, wasn't hitting .400.
 
Jul 28, 2008
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I never posted them for all to see, but I did email out a copy to each parent of their own DD's stats. That tends to quell them a bit.
 
Jul 17, 2008
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in the dugout
Did you keep stats to show the parent? I update our stats after every tournament and post them for all to see. Believe me I didn't have one parent say that their kids were doing better than the numbers showed. Sally batting .071 with 105 strikeouts, wasn't hitting .400.
no but i think that may be a new policy next year. this parent is a nice guy but i think on the particular night that he was giving me down the road about being able to do a better lineup than i could, he maybe had a few too many adult beverages before coming to the field. he did contend throughout the season that his daughter was hitting .800. if you had of figured in walks, hbp and sac hits she wouldn't have been above .300 on base% much less than hitting%.
 
May 7, 2008
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Tucson
Most parents that I have a problem with have been drinking or using drugs. I believe that recreational drug use is as common as drinking. (As always, moo.)
 

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