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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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Baseball Workouts – Throwing Program

 Dana Cavalea Throwing Program

There is nothing for valuable to the ballplayer then their arm.  So how do you take care of it?

The NY Yankees Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach Dana Cavalea was kind enough to share this

workout with Chad Moeller Baseball.  Follow this and protect your most valuable asset.  Your arm!

Baseball Workout Throwing Program

The Impact of Baseball and Softball Coaches

The Impact of Coaches

The impact a coach has on his or her player may have effects lasting a lifetime.  As a player, I had coaches that would build me up and I had others that simply tore me down.  Both coaches wanted to win but these are two different angles trying to achieve the same end result.

For me, I would stop listening when I was being torn down.  I’m not talking about constructive criticism; I’m talking about something closer to abuse.  The sign of a good coach is someone who gets the most out of their players while instilling values such as selflessness or team concepts.

Baseball or softball is a sped-up version of life.  There are ups and downs like in life, but they happen much quicker, like striking out with the bases loaded only to be the hero in the next at bat.

The coach has an opportunity to use these critical moments to teach kids to never give up, never stop working to achieve a goal, and how to deal with failure and success.  All too often this gets missed in the heat of the game because of a sole focus on winning.  Trust me, I wanted to win every game I have ever played but I learned the most in my defeats and difficulties.

Coaches: Don’t lose focus because in many cases the winner and loser of a certain game will not be remembered in a month or a year, but the sharp word of criticism may have lasting effects. Use the opportunity of coaching not just to teach players the fundamentals of the game but also the fundamentals of life.

 

Until Next time

Chad

Baseball Hitting Timing Drill

Baseball Hitting Drills For Timing

 

Rhythm and timing are so important to a hitter. For a hitter to get loaded, we need him to get back.  We need to him to be in a good position.  The timing of that, and when does it take place.

I have a drill that can help with that.  It can take place in a cage or on a field, like we are right now.  But the idea behind the drill is that I am going to load back.  As I go back, Coach Casey is going to toss a ball into the air.  From here I’m going to drive down through the ball.  It’s really important that I get a good load, that I get behind this ball because you will see, as the drill goes on, the speeds will change.  Much like they do in a game.

So, let me show you what this is going to look like.

BALL HIT

That simulated a fastball with his toss.  They are down and away.  He’s not going too high with it.  I’m loading as his hand goes down.

BALL HIT

You could see that he tossed the ball a little higher right there.  That would simulate a change up.  As time goes on and you get better at this drill, you mix it up.

Kind of like what the pitcher does to you during the game.  Let’s take a look at a few more.

BALL HIT

That would have simulated a fastball.  The toss was low.  I got back in time.  I’m in position, and I’m driving down.  Let me show you what it looks like when you don’t know what’s coming.

BALL HIT

You could see that was a change up.  The toss was higher.  I have to be ready for the fastball still, and how I’m going to drive down at the ball, depending on the pitch.  It is so important that we get back behind the ball and be in a position to always hit the fastball number one, and we can react to a change up.

Let’s take a look at another.

BALL HIT

The lower pitch was the fastball.  We got to be back in time.  We got to be in position to hit the fastball every time.

Use this drill.  It’s a fantastic timing drill.  Tony Gwynn swore by it.  It saved seasons for me.  Use the timing drill.  It’s going to help you become a more complete hitter.

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Catchers Gear and Protective Equipment

Which Baseball Catchers Equipment is Right For You?

 

So catchers are the leaders on the field. Were the only ones that see the entire diamond. We stand back here. We have a view of everything. We get to give signs. A lot of people like that part of it. The other part of it is we get to wear some pretty cool baseball catchers gear. We got our chest protector, our shin guards and our mask. Often called the tools of ignorance. It’s part of what sets us apart. We’re baseball catchers. We look almost like soldiers back here. That’s part of what made me want to be a catcher. We got all this on. We look great. We look even tougher than we might really be. So lets talk about the gear.

The Shin Guards

We have one on each leg. The name kind of says a lot. They protect our shins, our knees, our ankles and our toes. Their invaluable when it comes to kneeling down and blocking balls. Be awfully painful without them. If looking for a pair, I recommend something that’s lightweight. Something that’s comfortable. But make sure that there long enough. I’ve seen a lot of catchers with shin guards that don’t go up high enough. It leaves part of there knee exposed. There here to protect you. They need to at least get to the top of the knee.

Chest Protector

The name kind of says it all. It protects our chest. Also protects our stomach, part of our neck and both of our shoulders. It should fit nice and snug. We don’t want it hanging down low. We don’t want it hanging forward. It only works if it’s fitting properly. When we drop down to block, if it’s hanging all the way down it can’t do it’s job. So make sure it’s snug. Make sure it’s fitting tight.

Catchers Mask

When it comes to a mask. There’s two different types of mask. We have the traditional two-piece mask, which is what I wore for almost my entire career, and the hockey style mask. Both work. In a lot of youth leagues, the hockey style mask is required. Their forced to wear this mask. So it makes it simple, you don’t have a choice. They give you a slightly different view. The hockey mask is closer to your face. The two-piece sits a little further away but it’s much much lighter. So make sure you check the league rules before you purchase a mask.

Overview

Always make sure the chest protector’s long enough. Always make sure your shin guards fit. And lastly, do I even need to say it? Make sure if you get behind the plate, you always have a cup on. Coaches never let a kid get behind the plate without a cup on. And as a player I mean do I really even need to explain it. Also knee savers. Not mandatory when it comes to catching gear. A lot of catchers wear them now. They are more comfortable. They can put a little more stress on other parts of your body. Just look into them. And if you do wear them, make sure their put on the bottom of the shin guards, not half way up. We don’t need to see Yogi Berra coming back. We don’t need to see catchers sitting up here again. You want to be able to sit low. You need to be able to block from there. Knee savers sometimes can get in the way. So the next time you get behind home plate, go ahead put some good looking gear on. It’s what sets us apart out there. Were catchers.

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