My players were stopping their swings in the tournament recently and I realized that I hadn’t done enough [tag]baseball hitting drills[/tag] in practice in a while.  We broke out this basketball drill and after only 4 hits with the basketball  drill they were hitting doubles and triples in the next game.

Take half deflated basketballs and place them on a tee. Have the players set up in a normal batting stance. When they swing it forces them to follow through and shows them whether the stopped the swing or not.

PURPOSE:  Increases the power of the swing but also stops that half swing that causes the ball to just drop on the dirt.  Insures that they remember to follow-through on the swing.

Another tip I like is to have my kids hit very small pieces of gravel or dirt clods with soft toss especially pregame so the [tag]baseball[/tag] looks like a watermelon to them after they hit the small object.  It’s also good to work on technique prior to game time.

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