I am not a big believer in buying high priced baseball equipment for youth players, except for when it comes to buying a baseball batting t.
One of the very first questions I ask my baseball students is, "Who has a batting tee at home?" An often-heard response is, "I do, but it's broke."
Baseball gloves and bats wear out relatively quickly and/or kids want a new glove and bat each year. Buying the highest priced gloves and bats can help parents go broke. A baseball batting t is different, as I have not experienced kids that want a new one each year, as long as the one they use still does the job.
With that in mind, parents should look at buying a baseball batting t as a long-term investment. Of course, the first thing parents should consider before buying one is how interested players are in baseball. There is no reason to go out and buy an expensive tee, when their son or daughter is not that into playing, as the tee will turn into a long time nuisance in the closet or garage. On the other hand, for players interested in playing baseball, the baseball batting t may turn into their best friend.
Do not go cheap spending twenty-five dollars four or five years in a row is more than buying a dependable one and having it for that period. Additionally, the cheap ones tend to last much shorter than one season.
The older the player, the better the tee needed - along the lines of the previous reason, once players get stronger, around age 11 or so for most kids, cheap tees will not last long at all.
Find a tee that goes very low many batting tees only go as low as about kid's thighs or higher, so half the strike zone is eliminated when the tee only goes to that height. Players can set it on an object for higher pitch locations, so buying tall ones are not as important.
Get a tee that has durability at the top the top portion of the tee is the part that takes the blow, so make sure that is durable, which usually only comes with higher priced equipment. Reinforcing the parts of the baseball batting t that take the most abuse with duct tape can add to its durability.
Small, portable, and easily set up and taken down tees are best
The most durable batting tees are not generally available at the big sports department stores shopping on-line or at a nearby baseball/softball academy may give buyers the best option.
Do not be friend friendly - because this baseball equipment breaks down relatively easily, players should be careful of letting others use theirs, especially non-baseball playing friends. Kids unfamiliar with baseball and those with bad swings often break tees with incorrect contact on the tee.
Learn how to set the batting tee in the correct location in relationship to home plate and their batting stance batting t use is useless, so to speak, when players do not know where to set the tee to help make it realistic to game hitting. Otherwise, players are practicing the wrong or different swings than the ones they need in games.
Find a safe area to practice this is very important and preferably, the area is indoors, so kids can practice during inclement weather times.
Finally, people should read customer product reviews to help them find a durable and dependable tee, which will last many years and be a baseball tool kids practice on.
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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