Can Your Hitter Explain A Swing This Well? If not…What Are You Buying?

Written by on December 5, 2013 in Case Studies, Case Studies, Hitting Theory - 13 Comments

We recently decided to have a contest At I.T.S. Baseball, the research facility for Baseball Rebellion. We wanted to see how well our hitters could really explain the swing mechanics they’re learning in their own words. The contest was open ended meaning the hitters could write a paper, do a powerpoint, or a video. We wanted the kids to take some time, be creative, and do their best to show us how much they know. At the end, there was a clear top three we collected all the papers, videos,  and power-points.  Kevin P. and Ben R. both had really well thought out presentations complete with their own demos, Ken Griffey Jr. pictures, and descriptions.  They will win FREE I.T.S. Baseball Dri-Fits of their choice for their efforts.  But the winner came out of left field…

I’ve written about the winner before in my “How Young is Too Young” article that you can see here, and many people throughout the internet had their own differing opinions on if Carrick should even be allowed to take lessons, or the motivations of his parents for bringing him to lessons in the first place.  Lots of people were concerned that he ‘couldn’t really understand’ the information we teach or that his parents were ‘pushing him too hard too early’ and that he’d be a ‘prime candidate for burnout’.  Clearly, in a vacuum, I can see how people would have those concerns. But as an ethical business man and a person who genuinely cares about our hitters and pitchers both here at I.T.S. Baseball and Baseball Rebellion, I evaluated him as someone who I thought could try out our lessons and see how it goes.  He has done great, but even I was surprised about how thoroughly he’d taken in the information and could not only demonstrate his knowledge in his swing, but also explain it.  See Carrick’s information for yourself in the video below.



Honestly, when I saw this the first time, I teared up out of pure pride in what I had helped him build.  Carrick, you’re a role model to all the people in this program, even if you only weigh 45 lbs.  Every Single Player Learn From Carrick.  Pros, College Guys, High School Players…Can you explain your craft to this level?  If not…why not?  You all tell me you want to play ‘in the big leagues’, but do you really have the informational mastery to achieve your goals?

And to those who STILL AREN’T SURE if Carrick likes our lessons and that his parents are PUSHING HIM TO BE HERE…the picture below pretty much stomps that out.

Baseball Rebellion Thankful














Parents:  I assume many of you reading this article are paying for lessons, either in person or online.  Can your kids explain the information at the same level as this 7 year old?  Is your instructor getting his/her points across to your young hitter in a way they can repeat, understand and practice?  If not, what are you buying?  Every professional hitting instructor is friendly. We are all personable. We all have baseball stories about guys we played with/against.  You’re not buying a friend for your child.  You should be buying a technical and informational advantage.  Again, all the ‘fun’ parts of lessons are just par for the course.  They’re included.  They’re easy to replicate.

What’s not easy to replicate, is this type of mastery by any hitter, let alone a kid at 7 years old.  This is the difference we make in kids lives.  And this is the example I want all of my players to follow.  Carrick, take the lead young man, you’ve shown us all what’s possible by listening, learning, practicing, and loving not only the game of baseball but your lessons.

Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Rebellion

PS:  I showed my 5 month old son, Bryant, Carrick’s video…He told me, “TAKE ME TO THE GYM DAD!”  Heres what happened…

He’s coming for you Carrick…better keep working!

About the Author

Chas has done over 11,000 hitting lessons since 2006. He is the sole owner of ITS Baseball, Baseball Rebellions research facility. Chas is a Hitting Theory Innovator and the author of Baseball Hitting Rebellion Blog. He invented the Drive Developer and Rebel’s Rack, which are sold around the world. Chas played Division I Baseball at N.C. State and UNC Asheville where he contributed to the winning of the Big South Conference Championship in 2006.

13 Comments on "Can Your Hitter Explain A Swing This Well? If not…What Are You Buying?"

  1. Ryan VanOeveren December 5, 2013 at 6:06 am · Reply

    That’s was flat out awesome! I love the forward thinking of the Rebellion. Keep on keeping on!

  2. JohnW December 5, 2013 at 8:58 am · Reply

    Wow – great video by Carrick! Love your comment, too, about explaining hitting as simply as a 7 year old. It IS that easy. I look forward to my Ryan starting up again in January….

  3. Drew December 5, 2013 at 8:58 am · Reply

    I can’t wait to see Carrick playing in the College World Series and being a number 1 draft pick. It’s great to see this kind of passion for this great game from a 7 year old. I don’t believe his parents are pushing him to early; You can see the love for the game in his face, voice, attitude and his work ethic.

    Congratulations to you, Chas, for explaining in a way a 7 year old can explain the proper swing. This should be motivation to everyone out there who thinks swinging down on the ball or “throw your hands” is correct. I believe in what you’re teaching, as I try to teach them the same to my boys. I can’t wait to show this video to my 11 and 14 year old boys, both who play travel ball.

    Thank you Carrick, great video! Thank you Chas for the website and your updates, keep up the great work.

  4. Andy R December 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm · Reply

    Wow is right!! Luv this kid! Great name too…, little bias! Chas, you must be proud on two fronts!!!

  5. Mike P December 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm · Reply

    Michael just watched Carrick’s video and loved it. I think Carrick even gave him a couple of new things to focus on when he’s working on his swing. As soon as he finished it, he grabbed his new wooden bat and ran outside to practice. You really do a great job of breaking things down for the young ones to understand their swings. Some might say it’s crazy for a 7-year old to do lessons, but the improvements have been incredible and that in turn has led to some moments of pure joy and more passion for the game. Thanks!

  6. Steve December 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm · Reply


    Thanks for a terrific lesson and example of how to teach the swing to younger players in THEIR language. I wonder if you could explain one thing, though. You seem to spend an inordinate amount of time talking about body action, but very little about the “club.” It seems to me that the bat is the most important part of the whole swing, since that’s what you use to propel the ball. The bat is attached to the hands and swung by the arms, but I’m having trouble understanding how the “swing” fits within the other body actions you discuss.

    Could you explain the role of the arms, hands, and bat, or else refer me to previous posts, so I can understand the whole picture? I’m a big fan of your approach and want to ensure I can convey the swing concepts to my students. Thanks in advance.

    Steve N.

  7. Randy Danford December 9, 2013 at 7:55 pm · Reply

    Hey Guys,
    Just to drop a line and let you know that I have been working with my son for two years using your approach to hitting. I immediately understood your basics as I used those as a hitter myself but could not teach the methods outright until I came into contact with your website. You made it very clear. The same old down and through teaching does not produce your results. Mac has led his travel team for two years in Batting average, Slugging Percentage and On base percentage, hitting in the third hole. He is a 700 hitter and may strike out 5 times in a season. Oh, and he is only 5 ft tall and 96 pounds and is leading in home runs. Thank you for teaching hitting the right way. Will continue following you guys and using your techniques.
    Randy D. ( The Benders)

    • Chas Pippitt December 10, 2013 at 8:49 am · Reply


      JK, Gabe and I are really glad you’re teaching our stuff to your son. Its awesome that he’s had so much success.

      Put a swing of his on youtube and send me a link, I’d love to see it.


  8. Gerty December 12, 2013 at 12:05 am · Reply

    Hey, I’m a big believer in teaching high level moves to young hitters. Worst case scenario… they don’t get it (which is the same as if you didn’t even try). Best case… six year olds who swing like this:

    Granted, this is my son, who has had hours and hours of bp since he could walk and is thouroughly brainwashed that baseball is the greatest entity in the world… but still.

    Keep up the good work!


    • Chas Pippitt December 12, 2013 at 8:53 am · Reply


      great to hear from you and I’m glad you liked the video Carrick made.

      That’s quite a hack from your little guy. I can’t wait to work with him in the future!


  9. Sam December 17, 2013 at 7:33 am · Reply

    Hey Chas,
    You should be very proud of your work with Carrick. One thing he says that hit me a little funny was the comment about separating the hands a little from the shoulder to give him room to turn. Wouldn’t that cause arm barring? I’ve always called. it “running away from the hands”. I find when my son looses that connection between the hands and the shoulder the results are not very good. Shouldn’t gravity of the bat head dropping to the catcher start the momentum. I may be way off…. could you shed some light on this?

    • Chas Pippitt December 17, 2013 at 9:45 am · Reply


      Carrick made a few errors in his video, that was one of them.

      As we’ve seen in his swing, he doesn’t do that. I wouldn’t over-think it.

      You asked about ‘gravity’ starting the barrel move, I’m going to talk about that more once I get some better video of that at high speed. I’m actively working on demoing that now…but my demos…are not good.

      It’s not a gravity move, it’s a rip move. I’ll get to it soon.


    • Chas Pippitt January 1, 2014 at 5:53 pm · Reply


      You’re right, my explanation would be that he’s 7 and had a slight misunderstanding there.

      We’ve since corrected that issue. It was advice he got elsewhere.


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