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Baseball Hitting Drills for Ages 9-11

Kid-friendly hitting drills and tips

Teaching your child to hit a baseball can be one of the most rewarding, yet difficult things to do. With so much information online — it can be extremely troublesome trying to decipher what information should filter down to the child. Ages 9 to 11 are crucial for developing a good baseball hitting approach. If children, for whatever reason, develop bad swing habits, then these will be hard to correct when they reach the high school and college levels.

Top 5 Worst Mistakes For Teaching Kids to Hit

Cause of Bad Swing Habits

  1. Teaching kids home run mechanics. Teaching your kids to hit home runs will trigger pulling off the baseball, jumping out, lunging, long swing and decrease game day performance.
  2. Teaching your kids to pull the ball too much. Similar to teaching home run mechanics, coaching kids in practice to pull the baseball triggers pulling off the baseball, flying open, long swing, weak ground balls, pop ups and increased strikeouts.
  3. Coaching high leg kick swing mechanics. Training a high leg kick will trigger lunging, a long swing, failure to hit off-speed pitching and decrease batting average.
  4. Practicing too much to hit a belt-high batting practice fastball out in front of the plate. Practicing to hit only to hit the easiest pitch fails to prepare your kids to hit quality game day pitching
  5. Copying Major League hitters who are 6 feet, 4 inches, 220 pound elite athletes who can hit successfully in any type of batting stance. Just because you see professionals hit on television doesn’t mean your kids can do the same. For example, if your kids ride a skateboard you’re not going to let them copy the professionals who fly 20 ft into the air on a skateboard ramp.

Question: I hit great during batting practice drills but can’t hit in a game, what am I doing wrong?
“You can’t afford to get fooled by hitting coaches who promise they’ve discovered the “secret recipe” for hitting home runs. Home run baseball hitting drills practice hitting a slow-moving belt-high pitch. The problem’s when facing a quality pitcher in your league chances are he’s not going throw a “mistake pitch” you can hit for a home run.”
Clinton Balgera. Founder of TheHittingProject.com and Inventor of the Laser Core Bat Speed Precise Trainer

Reversing Bad Swing Habits

Developing the Best Hitting Approach for 11U and 12U Players

TheHittingProject.com recommends you to keep hitting simple, especially with your kids. Focusing on a simple head down, opposite field approach helps to reverse bad swing habits.

Unlike most hitting websites encouraging bad swing habits, TheHittingProject.com focuses on a hitting approach designed to meet the realities of game day hitting.

Teaching home run mechanics is dangerous, especially for younger kids. It’s vital your kid’s develop positive swing habits, training to stay back and to hit the ball back up the middle and to the opposite field. Once your kids have developed a hitting approach you can start begin to implement power hitting mechanics.

Quality opposition teams pitch low and to the outside of home plate, aiming to make your kids roll over and hit a weak ground ball. You’ve to show you can hit the low and outside pitch to the opposite field. Failure to hit to the opposite results in quality opposite teams continuing to expose your swing weakness. Until you’re able to adjust you’ll continue to struggle to hit in a game.

Hitting Mechanic Drills for 11U and 12U Hitting

Minimizing Margin for Error

Tee drill’s one of the best way to teach kids to hit and to reverse bad swing habits. Tee drill allows you to isolate key parts of the baseball swing and trains a short and soft baseball swing, opposed to a high leg kick and long baseball swing.

Insider Hitting Tip

TheHittingProject.com recommends to coach hitting drills with simple instruction and avoid explaining complex hitting mechanics.

Example of simple and effective coaching instruction:

“I want you to hit the ball back up the middle of the batting cage and try to hit the back fence about half way up. I also want you to keep your head down with your eyes looking toward home plate after you’ve hit the ball. I don’t want to see you watching where the ball does.”

The Result

You’ll teach your kids to stay closed, prevent pulling their head off the ball, improve line drive hitting and game day performance.

Extreme Example of Complicated Coaching

“I want your back leg at a 45 degree angle wand your shoulders at a 90 degree angle and to keep your hands in the air like Mike Trout, by the way make sure you’re working on rotational mechanics and I want you to hit the ball for a home run”.

The Result

Your kids will lose interest. You’ll over-complicate hitting, hindering your kid’s natural baseball swing. Trigger pulling off the ball. If you’re lucky your kids may hit good in practice however fail to hit quality pitching in a game.

As you already know, your kid’s have a short attention span. One over-complicated coaching tip and you’ve lost your kid’s attention, highlighting the importance of simple hitting instruction.

How to load when hitting

How Can I Recognize When I’m Over-Complicating Instructions

  • Your kid’s look confused
  • You lose eye contact with your kids
  • Your kids give up and want to go home

What can I do as coach once I’ve lost my kid’s attention

More hitting and less talking. Stick to basic, simple hitting instruction and start hitting.

Parent and Coaching Cheat Sheet

  • 80/20 rule. Spend 80% of the time hitting and 20% of the time talking about hitting mechanics.
  • Keep it simple. Avoid big words and advanced hitting theories.
  • Remain positive and encourage your kid’s. Especially provide encouragement when your kids are struggling with a drill.

Simplistic Coaching Tips to Reduce Margin for Error and Improve Game Day Hitting

Make sure your kids set up in a batting stance close to the place their front foot lands after they stride. The further away from this spot your kid’s set up increases their margin for swing error.

Keep your kid’s load short using a small pick it up and put in down motion. Coach your kids to initiate their load with a in turn of their front knee.

5 Things You Can Learn From Your Kid’s Follow Through

Watching your kid’s swing follow through is a great indicator for overall swing performance

  1. Falling off-balance can be caused by pulling off the baseball, over-swinging or over-rotating on your back foot.
  2. Over rotating on your back foot indicates a failure to release your top hand on an extended contact zone, TheHittingProject.com’s 2-Swing Technique explains when your kid’s should keep 2 hands on the bat and when to release the top hand (see images below).
  3. If your kid’s head and eyes are looking toward at the sky on their follow through, this indicates pulling off the baseball.
  4. Cutting off your swing too early reduces bat speed and power and indicates a lack of correct rotational mechanics.
  5. Weight on the back foot indicates incorrect load (loading over the back leg as opposed to loading against), inducing your kid’s to spin off the ball.

How do I build my confidence to hit better in a game?

Game day confidence comes from practicing game day specific drills. When you practice drills that replicated game day situations your eyes transfer the message to your brain that you can do a specific task…In short, you need to see it to believe it.

Quick Tips to Improve Game Day Hitting

  • Close your mind and open your eyes: Improve game day hitting and unlock your kid’s natural, reflex swing. Your subconscious triggers your lighting-fast reflexes. Switch-on your reflex swing by clearing your mind of thoughts and thinking with your eyes.
  • Making physical and mental adjustments during at-bats, improves your batting average. For example, sometimes you’ve to swallow your pride when a pitcher’s throwing hard and shorten up 2-4 inches on the knob of the baseball bat. What’s more embarrassing? Shortening up on the bat, or striking out 4 times in a baseball game?
  • Train mental cues to remind yourself of important mechanics: For example, remind yourself to stay short if you’re having trouble hitting a fastball, stay relaxed and see the ball if you’re jumping out and lunging. You can tap your leg, stare at the label of your bat or step out of the batter’s box to clear your mind. Each of these actions can be a “mental cue” for some type of “hitting action”. Hitting is a game of adjustments. Mental cues can be used to help adjust from pitch to pitch.

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