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Basic Baseball Hitting Tee Drills

Baseball Tee Drills Instruction with Chad Moeller

 

So I got a tip for you. Maybe some of you out there have trouble dropping your hands, maybe even upper cutting at the ball. I got a basic baseball tee drills that’ll help you out. It takes place off a tee. What I want to do is start with a high tee. When I have the ball up high, an uppercut’s not going to work. You can do this drill repeatedly. But what it’s going to force you to do is stay on top of the ball, here. You have a problem dropping your hands and trying to swing this way, you can see I’m going to have trouble getting on top of this ball.

What you want to do, put the tee up high and work on hitting line drives of ground balls. From this point, I want to come down on the ball. It’s going to drill your back leg working. It’s going to work on your hands staying above the ball. This is going to need to happen over and over for you to get used to not doing this. But we want to stay up top and come down. I think that will help you.

Do this drill a lot. Remember, hitting’s muscle memory. The more often you can do it, the more you’ll get used to it. We can get rid of that dropping of the hands or that uppercut. So get in a good stance and work down over the top of the ball. So use this high tee drill to help get rid of an uppercut or dropping the hands. It will help you out immensely. It helped me. Use this drill and have a great game.

 

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Dr. Ken Ravizza – Bad Attitudes in Baseball

Chad Moeller and Ken Ravizza Discuss Correcting a Bad Attitude

 

Chad Moeller with Dr. Ken Ravizza Video – Bad Attitudes in Baseball Players

Chad – So I work with a lot of players and I hear questions from parents and one in particular is boys with bad attitudes. They got a temper especially if they get out and dealing with that and just being a good sport on the field, not being that kid, but being able to embrace the fact that you’re playing a game and being able to deal with not having success, what would you recommend?

Dr. Ken – Well I think one of the things is that you’re not going to be successful all the time and you’re going to hit a point where you’re going to have to learn to deal with your failure and your frustrations but the issue I think is when it reaches the point of anger, its little things building up because back to when we were talking about the signal light analogy. Athletic performance is like driving the car. You come to the light, if it’s green you go, yellow you tend to the intersection, red you stop. Very often the kid is going through some yellow lights and doesn’t even recognize it, so the little frustrations are building and then wham! It becomes anger. So as a parent I think one of the things that becomes important is first off, settle the kid down. It’s just like basic behavior in the home.

Chad – Right.

Dr. Ken – You know, go to your room, cool off, whatever the thing is. Get down to their level, ok what happened here? Alright hey, there was this frustration, that frustration, this frustration and then wham! Can we do something beforehand? Yes the umpire made a bad call, yes there was the error. Did you go to something to get control of yourself? Because the beautiful thing that the game has Chad. The game has a batter’s box. When I step in the batter’s box I’m ready.

Chad – Right.

Dr. Ken – The game has a rubber. When I put my foot on the rubber I’m ready. You need to make sure you’re ready. If you’re not ready, don’t put your foot on the rubber. Don’t step in the box. Yeah, time and space ok. I can be mad over here, not over here.

Chad – Right.

Dr. Ken – And that’s the control issue ok and it’s a parent validating for that.

Chad – For succeeding at doing yeah.

Dr. Ken – Yes, also if they’re getting that angry over the results, they’re too focused on the outcome because a lot of what the mental game. The mental game is in the present. The mental game is in the process. The controllable’s are the process. The controllable’s are the approach. You don’t have control of the outcome. You don’t have control of the results.

Chad – No that’s perfect and it’s a perfect life skill because we don’t, we don’t have control over most of the results and the sooner we learn how to deal with it and learn how to cope with it the better.

Dr. Ken – And this is one thing you see all the time Chad, at the higher levels. With the college coaches, the major league scouts. What are they looking at? They’re looking at a quality called mental toughness and how do you see mental toughness? You do not see mental toughness when a player is going 4 for 4 and hitting home runs. You see mental toughness when the player has to deal with adversity and how do they handle it. How did they do after they strike out with the bases loaded? Did they get back to the rail and support their teammates or in the dugout smashing the bat rack.

Chad – Yeah.

Dr. Ken – That says a lot.

Chad – That says a ton right there.

Dr. Ken – Yes and it’s not easy.

Chad – No it’s not easy.

Dr. Ken – And that’s what we need to validate them for.

Chad – Absolutely.

Dr. Ken – You know, now question.

Chad – Nope that’s perfect.

Dr. Ken – Yep.

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Dr. Ken Ravizza on Dealing with the ‘Yips’

Chad Moeller and Ken Ravizza Discuss the ‘Yips’

 

Chad:  – So Ken, there’s a common problem in baseball and no one wants to talk about it. I dealt with it when I was in high school and I battled it my entire career although no one, or very few people, know anything about it. It often has nicknames, the thing. Its most commonly referred to as ‘the yips’ and what have you found with ball players and dealing with it. Have you had any success with dealing with this because it’s a scary, scary thing for a ball player and it’s being able to not do the most remedial thing, throw a ball where you want to?

 

Dr. Ken:  – Right. I think one of the things Chad that’s real important is it’s not just in baseball , in golf, it’s in almost every sport where the most basic fundamental skill. I saw it in gymnastics where they couldn’t do the most basic move you can learn as a ten year old in Saturday gym two weeks before nationals. I saw figure skaters before the Olympics; they couldn’t do the most basic things. Then a lot of the stress of the situation gets played out on that thing and I think, first thing I would say is anyone who is dealing with this or you have a child who’s dealing with this is just how courageous that person is in taking this on because their being embarrassed, their embarrassed and there’s fear and their addressing it and their dealing with it so, I mean being as supportive as you can. I think the common thing is well just do it, just throw the damn ball you know and if they could they would.

 

Chad: – Yeah.

 

Dr. Ken – I think some of the things that with different people it works different ways. I wish I could tell you do this, this and this and it’s guaranteed for success but I think one thing is that if you can just settle yourself down, get relaxed, see if you can visualize yourself, see yourself go through it, feel it, taste it. Go through it almost in slow motion, making the throw, visualizing it. If you can’t see it sitting down then stand up and go through the actual movements. That would be one thing I have found for some people that helps. Sometimes throwing into a net where you eliminate the target and you keep the focus just on good sound mechanics and stay with the mechanics and it’s almost something in some cases that you can work through over time but there’s no guarantees here. I wish I could say this is going to do it. Another thing would be after you make the throw or as you’re throwing, don’t have the throw end with the throw. Have it end with hitting the glove. If you can put the thought process, the focus, on hitting the glove it’s not on am I going to throw the ball away. Another, I have a graduate student that said what he focused on was the footwork instead of the throwing action. Whatever it takes for you but you don’t want to start well I’m going to do this this throw, this this throw, I’m going to do this today. That didn’t work. I’m going to do another one tomorrow. You want to stay with these for a little while and try them out.

 

Chad: – Right.

 

Dr. Ken: – But most importantly Chad it’s sort of like your son or daughter’s very courageous in taking this on and really be there to support them and validate them with that.

 

Chad: – I think you’re exactly right because it’s a scary time and I’ve found that catchers I’ve worked with and dealing with it myself, a lot of it has to do with fear, embarrassment, that whole question am I good enough? You know what they are being courageous and it is something difficult and they can overcome it. I know it never totally left me. It always was in my head. I played and 99.9% of people would have no idea that I dealt with it besides people that I divulged it to. But I also find that it makes it worse sometimes to hold everything in as opposed to just let somebody know and be open that this stinks and it’s uncomfortable and I don’t like how it feels and then I find that you can breathe a little bit easier and you know it makes it a little bit simpler from that standpoint. It’s still difficult.

 

Dr. Ken: – And I think it’s something Chad I know in our conversations when we used to talk about it when we were first working together. The thing I got from our conversations specifically was some days it’s there, some days it isn’t there, some days it’s there to different degrees and to have something in place for when it’s there and to not be so is it there, isn’t it there, oh it’s there ahhhh!!! But ok I got to deal with it today. This is what I’m going through.

 

Chad: – Yeah.

 

Dr. Ken: – And I think from a parental analogy, where we can tie life analogy, is hey we have good days, we have bad days, we have days where we break an arm. We got to go through work with a cast on and you’re learning to compensate and adjust.

 

Chad: – Yeah. Thanks that’s great Ken and it is, it’s tough and if somebody’s going through it, I feel for you and I’ve been there and hopefully you’ll be able to get through this.

 

Dr. Ken: – But I think the point your saying is reach out, get some support.

 

Chad: – Absolutely.

 

Dr. Ken: – And hey you’re courageous in terms of getting after it.

 

Chad: – Absolutely.

 

Dr. Ken: – Definitely.

 

Chad: – Thank you Ken.

 

 

Dr. Ken – Yep.

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Dr. Ken Ravizza on Dealing with a Game that’s based on Failure

Baseball is a Game based on Failure – Dr. Ken Ravizza

 

CHAD – So baseball’s a game based on failure basically, especially from a hitting standpoint. How do we deal with failure and mistakes in baseball because there always put out there, we have errors and we make mistakes constantly and at the plate we strikeout or we groundout and we fail 70% of the time and we’re great. How do we deal with that?

Dr. Ken – Yep, I think this is the key thing because one of the things that’s very important, especially the culture that were in today, is that everyone wants to feel comfortable all the time and his parents and I’m sure I was guilty of this Chad with my children and I’m sure with your children. You want to do everything you can so they feel good and they feel comfortable.

CHAD – Right.

Dr. Ken – But the issue is in life, things aren’t always comfortable, things aren’t always good.

CHAD – Right.

Dr. Ken – And part of it is we really have to help people learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable because that’s what competing and performing is going to do. It’s going to put you in difficult situations and the game’s going to test you and this is where the mistakes and failure come into play in terms of “failure is positive feedback, failure is information, failure gives me direction on what I need to work on to get better.” Now right after a game sometimes it’s difficult to sit down and talk about what went on is the game and why did I do this or why didn’t I do that because your too emotional.

CHAD – Right.

Dr. Ken – This is why the car ride home sometimes is not an interrogation of what happened blah, blah, blah. But now if your son or daughter wants to talk about it, then I would say talk about it. But if they don’t want to, wait till you get home. Give them some time to decompress.

CHAD – Right.

Dr. Ken – Because you’re going to get emotional, they’re going to get emotional. Now I’m speaking as the sports-psych person here but I’m also speaking as a parent who when my daughter played travel ball, we took a weekend to be on the road and she’s got an attitude out on the field and I could be at home doing other things and we’re here and you’re acting like this. See I have some compassion and empathy for what we’re going through but there’s a point we’ve got to talk about it, but right after is not necessarily the point. And then it gets back to the issue of what did I learn? What do I need to get better at? That is huge and that’s one of the big life lessons because we don’t go through life with success, success, success, success, success. You run into failure, there’s no question but it’s the failures where we really take the biggest strides forward. That’s where we really learn and that’s how we deal with those failures, is how we get better. And I think it’s apparent this is where you need to be there to support your child and it gets back to some of the things we’ve talked about in our earlier talks about responsibility and accountability. Did you do what you had control of?

CHAD – Right.

Dr. Ken – Because one thing Chad that I’ve learned over the years no one likes losing. If you like losing then it’s time to be done competing. But when you go to bed at night after a game and the opponent beat you, you can sleep.

CHAD – Right.

Dr. Ken – When you beat yourself, that’s when you toss and turn and you need to get the lesson from whether the opponent beat you. What do I need to get better at? what do I need to work on and if I beat myself, where did the breakdown occur. How can I get better at that?

CHAD – That’s perfect and that’s reality where these are life lessons as well as baseball lessons and sports lessons so.

Dr. Ken – And the other thing Chad I think that’s fascinating with hitting in baseball is yes, a 300 hitter fails 7 out of 10 times but also the other side of that equation is, as a hitter you only have to beat the pitcher one pitch.

CHAD – That’s it one pitch.

Dr. Ken – One pitch, one pitch and you can get beat the first two pitches and you have to beat him one pitch. We forget that. We always here unsuccessful 7 out of 10 times but you only have to beat him only once.

CHAD – Only once?

Dr. Ken – Yep.

CHAD – Now that’s perfect thank you Dr.

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How to Catch a Pop Up

How to Catch a Pop Up

 

The key is we want to make sure that I’m getting my back turned, I’m getting in position, and I’m not rushing after this ball.You can see that we can move the tennis ball around from side to side, I want to make sure that I can attack the ball, always keeping my back to the field and letting the baseball come back to me.I want to make sure that I’m able to keep this 45 degree angle when I’m looking up at the baseball. I want to make sure the ball stays in front of me and I work my way into it. If I get underneath this ball, it’s going to be behind me, because the baseball always comes back to the field of play.

By using a racquetball, you can get the ball as high as any major league popup – you’ll find out how difficult these things actually are to catch! But it will make you an all-around better catcher, it’s going to help you on popups which can be a very embarrassing play. We don’t have baseballs landing in the stands, we don’t have baseballs out in center field, we don’t have to go see an oral surgeon if this goes badly This is a great drill and will help you improve and make you much better on catching popups!

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