"How many swings you take this week?" is one of the first questions I ask of my students. After hearing their answer, I follow that up with I hope you took that many ground balls or fly balls too. That statement about the defensive baseball side usually surprises them. The one thing I want young baseball players to understand is that making the routine plays will keep you in the lineup more than making the occasional great play and almost as much as hitting efficiency. Most youth players and their parents think the key to success is with hitting, but many players can swing the bat come high school. Not a lot of them can save runs on the defensive end though. Some degree of hitting success is necessary but most experienced baseball coaches value players that can get outs on the defensive side of the ball.
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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