Tuesday Tips to Tattoo the Ball
Many ball players zone out or try to impress people in the stands when in the on deck circle before their at-bat.
One thing I emphasize to ballplayers is that on deck circle time, before batting in games, is a valuable time when used correctly. Additionally, players should realize that the swing they take the most throughout the year is their swing, with no ball, for warm-ups and practice. When batters bat four times a game and spend two to three minutes in the on deck circle, they may take as many as fifty warm-up swings. When those swings are not done with a purpose, it is wasted time, as well as possibly reinforcing bad mechanical swings.
Of course, observing many ofthese from the bench before arriving to the on deck circle isalso goodand a sign of a well-coached team. Finally, good coaches point many of these things out forplayers until theyadvance enough to do them on their own. Coaches alsokeep an eye on the next up hitter so they are focused on the game.
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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