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  • 23 Apr 2020 5:39 PM | Anonymous

    Hand-eye coordination is key when fielding and you'll want to fine tune your skills. And what better to improve your skills than to practice? To perform this drill you can use a tennis ball and a wall or you can have a friend toss you some short-hops. Check out our video to see Coach Ford explain this hand drill.

    Items needed for drill:

    • Baseball/Tennis Ball
    • Glove
    • A wall or a friend to throw short-hops

    How to perform this drill:

    • Begin on your knees, but keep your upper body in a ready position
    • Have a friend toss some short-hops that land about a foot in front of you
    • If by yourself, throw a tennis ball against the wall and make sure the ball lands about a foot in front of you
    • While scooping the ball, make sure the glove goes through the baseball. This makes it easier to field the ball and reduces the chances of missing a bad hop
    • Repeat this drill with the ball going towards the left side of your body (forehand scoop if right-handed), the ball going to the right side of your body (backhand scoop if right-handed), and the ball going towards the middle of your body
  • 2 Apr 2020 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Ready to start hitting off the sweet-spot of the bat more often? This sweet drill will help you focus your swing so that you're always aiming for that sweet-spot on the bat.

    Items needed for drill:

    • Batting Tee
    • Baseball
    • One bat

    How to perform the drill:

    • Take your bottom hand on your bat and place it toward the bottom of the bat
    • Take your top hand and place it a few inches above your bottom hand so that there is a few inches of separation between your two hands
    • Take your normal swing and focus on making contact with the sweet-spot of the bat

    To see an example of this drill, check out our Instagram post.

  • 29 Mar 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    We’ve all been to baseball games and we understand what’s going on, right? Baseball is full of little quirks and some of them might surprise the most knowledgeable of players. We’ve compiled a list of the weirdest rules in baseball to make it into the MLB’s set of official rules. For a full list of MLB’s rules, please visit MLB’s 2019 Official Baseball Rules.

    1) A runner can advance “Three bases, if a fielder deliberately touches a fair ball with his cap, mask or any part of his uniform detached from its proper place on his person.” - 5.06(b)(4)(B)

         - Yep, you read that correctly. A runner can advance three bases if a fielder throws their glove, mask, or cap at a fair ball and that part of their uniform hits the fair ball. Technically, a batter could get a triple without the ball ever leaving the infield.

    2) “Any fair fly ball is deflected by the fielder into the stands, or over the fence into foul territory, in which case the batter shall be entitled to advance to second base; but if deflected into the stands or over the fence in fair territory, the batter shall be entitled to a home run. However, should such a fair fly be deflected at a point less than 250 feet from home plate, the batter shall be entitled to two bases only” - Rule 5.05(a)(9)

         - Time to get out the measuring tape for this rule. If you want to hit a home run then you better be sure your ball flies at least 250 feet.

    3) “A pitched ball lodges in the catcher’s mask or paraphernalia, or in or against the umpire’s body, mask or paraphernalia, and remains out of play, runners advance one base” - Rule 5.06(c)(7)

         - Catchers beware - if you miss the ball and the ball gets stuck you’re giving up a base. Baseball games have actually ended because of this rule.

    4) “The Designated Hitter may not sit in the bullpen unless serving as a catcher in the bullpen” - Rule 5.11(a)(15)

         - Designated Hitters beware - why are you even in the bullpen in the first place?

    5) “When the bases are unoccupied, the pitcher shall deliver the ball to the batter within 12 seconds after he receives the ball. Each time the pitcher delays the game by violating this rule, the umpire shall call “Ball.”” - Rule 5.07(c)

         - Believe it or not, this rule has been around for a few years to help speed up the game. It’s also one of those rules you’ve probably never seen enforced.

    6) A batter can receive an RBI (Run Batted In) “by reason of the batter becoming a runner with the bases full (because of a base on balls, an award of first base for being touched by a pitched ball or for interference or obstruction)” - Rule 9.04(a)(2)

         - It may be common knowledge that a batter receives an RBI when walking with the bases loaded, but you have to admit it’s still weird to receive a “Run Batted In” in this scenario.

    Bonus: Weirdest way to get on base
    Thought the above rules were weird? Check out this scenario to get on base: imagine you’re a bench player in the dugout and your team has been making a comeback. Your team is down by one run and you have a runner on first base. The rain starts to pick up and the umpire decides to suspend the game until a later date. When this game picks up a few weeks later, it turns out your teammate who was on first base was recently traded and he’s no longer able to resume his position at first. So what happens? Your manager puts you in to take your former teammate’s spot on first base and voila! You’ve successfully made it to first base without having an official at-bat! (Courtesy of ESPN Magazine Presents)

  • 26 Mar 2020 8:00 PM | Anonymous

    This drill is designed for the hitter that wants to feel more comfortable getting their hips and shoulders into their swing.

    Items needed for drill:

    • Batting Tee
    • Baseball
    • Two Bats

    How to perform the drill:

    • Place one bat on the ground at about a 45 degree angle
    • Take your batting stance with your feet parallel to the bat on the ground
    • When swinging, your feet will stay still which will keep your hips open. You'll notice your back shoulder dips - this helps with launch angle during your normal swing.

    View our Instagram post to see an example of this drill.

  • 24 Mar 2020 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    All players need to know how well they are swinging. Blast Motion gives a competitive advantage by tracking data to see how well you are doing in certain areas. Coach Ford utilizes Blast Motion to track bat speed, peak hand speed, attack angle, and vertical bat angle. Interested in how Blast Motion looks in real time? Check out our Blast Motion video.

  • 22 Mar 2020 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    One of the most important things you can do for your swing is to get your hips and shoulders into it. Try out this drill to perfect your swing.

    Items needed for drill:

    • Batting Tee
    • Baseball
    • Bat
    • Rubber Playground Ball (slightly smaller than a basketball)

    How to perform the drill:

    • Place the rubber playground ball against your chest and hold the ball in place with your arm that is facing the pitcher
    • Take your normal batting stance
    • When swinging, focus on driving your hip through the ball. Your shoulders will naturally dip so that your back shoulder is below your front shoulder. Both of these combined will help your launch angle during normal swings

    Check out our example of this drill.

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