A common problem with young hitters is foot placement when they get in the box. Many kids stand too close or too far back. Some kids are in the front of the box, some in the back. Some fields have GIANT HOLES in the batter’s box, so kids aren’t really sure what to make of that either.
I’m going to talk about a simple and easy check, that EVERYONE can do before they bat. Simply make sure your back foot is straight towards the other batter’s box and does not point towards the catcher at all. I call the incorrect stance a “Duck Foot.” There have been times that I’ve made my students run around the cage quacking like a duck after repeated “Duck Foot”‘ infractions. Doing so tends to make them slightly more aware of what their feet are doing. After all, when there are 5 lessons going at once, about 20 people see the ‘Duck Foot’ punishment and that’s never what a kid wants. Check out my video below about the benefits of having your back foot in proper hitting position.
By pointing your toes straight towards the other batter’s box, the hitter puts himself in position to properly stride and rotate into the baseball. Simple Check. Small Change. Big Results.
Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Rebellion