Baseball Rebellion In-Season Quick Fix: Stepping in the Bucket or Striding Closed

Written By: Chas Pippitt

There is rarely a week that goes by that SOMEONE, whether an online client or a Baseball Rebellion Reader, doesn't ask me about 'Stepping in the Bucket" and how to fix it for their youth hitter.  I think there are many root causes for stepping in the bucket, such as  fear of getting hit by the ball, trying to pull the ball, or hit it for more power. Many coaches really focus on hitting the ball to the opposite field to correct this problem, but that approach usually doesn't stick with the hitter.  This leads me to the question:  How do you fix a young hitter stepping in the bucket?

Using the concepts of Reactive Neuromuscular Training or RNT, Baseball Rebellion instructors and youth coaches alike can really help a hitter FEEL the mistake and then correct an exaggerated problem.  Basically, RNT makes a mistake BIGGER, which forces the body to react to that mistake in a more drastic way.  This makes the body use the correct muscles to FIX the problem instead of just putting a band aid on it as I described in my video.  **You can read more about RNT by CLICKING HERE**

Here's what we do at Baseball Rebellion using the concepts of RNT:

What if your hitter strides closed?  Well, knowing what you know now about the CONCEPT and PRACTICE of RNT, what would you do?  

Here's what we do at Baseball Rebellion using the concepts of RNT:

The stride is one of the first things that happens in a swing.  Don't let an incorrect stride set your player up for failure by restricting their turn or pulling their bat out of the zone.   Use these easy conceptual fixes to get your hitter MASHING as soon as possible.

Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Rebellion

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I like the article. I will give this a try. My older sons likes to over-correct his stepping out issues by starting closed off. I told him the same thing you did. It’s only a band-aid to fixing the real issues in his stride. He should be stepping straight towards the pitcher. His doesn’t realize that he is cutting off some of the rotational part of his swing by being so closed up all the time (all because of the fear of stepping out). I told him pitchers will notice this closed stance and pitch him inside even more –… Read more »


Chas, Thanks for his article. My son Tripp has not had an issue with stepping in the bucket until this year. All of a sudden it has flared up to the point where he has been totally ineffective at the plate. It is to the point where he is having NO fun playing the game he loves. It actually came to a head last night after a BP session. He is now questioning whether he wants to play any more because he feels like he is hurting his team. At 11 years old he walked in the house after practice… Read more »

Coach Tate
Coach Tate

Going to try this with my 8 yr old DD. Any thoughts?

JK Whited

Coach Tate,

I am sure you know already but be patient. For the little guys and girls, it is important to remember that the result of the swing is not important. The fixing of the problem is.

Evan Leach
Evan Leach

this has really helped me fix stepping in the bucket and is going to help my friend stop striding closed! this is genius!

JK Whited


Glad it helped!