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Having youth play home run derby is frowned upon because of the bad habits it promotes. To hit home runs, hitters have to lift balls, swing as hard as they can and usually pull every pitch. For those reasons, home run derby is a negative, as it often leads to over swinging, bad timing, dropping hands and dropping back shoulder to lift balls. All of those are habits that hinder most kids' batting averages, as few players actually have real home run power.
However, some instances and batters benefit from a game of home run derby. Following are those times, and batters, when a game of home run derby may be good for youth.
* Coaches should arrange different distances, depending on the size of players, by moving closer or further from the outfield fence.
* Coaches should also realize there is danger in playing this swing for the fences game often, because the possible mechanical and timing changes it may cause.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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