Statement from Baseball Rebellion CEO Chas Pippitt

BR Family,

Yesterday, Durham County issued a “stay at home” order and ordered the shutting down and travel to non-essential businesses up until possibly April 30. 

With that said we must comply with the county’s orders and temporarily close Baseball Rebellion Headquarters starting at 6:00 pm on Thursday, March 26th.

ALL IN-PERSON TRAINING WILL BE CANCELLED BEGINNING MARCH 26TH AT 6:00 PM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

We are all dealing with something right now that has an importance far beyond baseball and softball training. And we want to do our part as a company to make the right choices and help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Just like many small businesses across the country are being affected we will be too. There are a few ways you can help out Baseball Rebellion during this time:

  • Renew Membership Early (reach out to mark@baseballrebellion.com)
  • Buy Training Products You Don’t Have (Bat Drag Buster, Launch Angle Tee, Rack Bat)
  • Please consider signing up for BR Premium
    • Where we put out weekly drills and articles for members only
    • Get it for $6.99/month or $69.99/year
  • Virtual Training (FaceTime Lessons $50 - 40 minutes, booked just like a normal lesson on the app)
    • This will be available to book on the lesson from 11:20 am - 7:20 pm M-F
    • We have been offering this service to out of town clients for years with a ton of success.
    • The tools needed to book a FaceTime lesson are a tee/net combo, or a Rebel’s Rack for hitting and a glove/ball and a catcher or net to throw into for baseball and softball pitching. 
    • If you are an out of town client please reach out to mark@baseballrebellion to book a lesson.
  • We are offering gift cards for in-person training for future lessons (BRHQ Members Only)
    • You must have access to our scheduling app, if you don’t have access already please click here
    • Visit the “store” section of the app and you will see the gift card section
    • If you have any trouble with this please email mark@baseballrebellion.com
  • If you have already prepaid for a lesson that will be applied to your account to be used for a future lesson.

There is a lot of uncertainty during this time as there is no playbook for this. And we will be anxiously awaiting the time we can reopen our doors and get back to a sense of normalcy we all are seeking. Please understand during this time there will be no one answering our phone. If you need assistance please reach out to me (chas@baseballrebellion.com),  Tyler (tyler@baseballrebellion.com) or Mark (mark@baseballrebellion.com

In closing, I wanted to provide a video update for all of our members as a thank you for your continued support.

-Chas

Think of a hitting flaw you've heard of. Now, what do you think is one of the most common flaws? Over and over when our highest level clients come into train they struggle with one thing. Almost all of them struggle to pull the ball in the air and keep it fair. Most of them hook the ball, roll their hands over, and top-spin pulled balls. Luckily for us at BR/SR, fixing pull side power issues is pretty much our specialty. Because of this, it's simple for our high-level athletes to make the adjustments needed to give their 'hook', the hook.

Everyone knows what that hard-hit ball feels like that juuuuuust hooks foul. Nothing is more frustrating than turning a double or a home run into a strike. Often times, that ball the hitter pulled foul is the best and most hittable pitch they'll get in that at-bat. Giving those extra-base hits away is a team killer, especially with runners on base.

Another interesting issue that arises from the inability to keep inside pitches fair is how the pitchers attack hitters. Pitchers will eventually figure out which hitters pull across their bodies and hook balls foul. They can feed inside locations to get an easy strike and get ahead of these types of hitters, which opens up their off-speed arsenal. Any way you look at it, the symptoms of hooking the ball are easy to see and easy to exploit.

Now that you've learned the symptoms hooking the ball, the causes of the hook and the 4 cures we use at BR/SR to fix the hook get to work! I know that if you take the time to read this article, and then do the drills inside of it either with your team, your young player, or yourself that you will see results. The pull side balls will be straighter, have more carry, and most importantly, stay fair! Often in lessons, I say, "Hands high and let it fly!". If you perfect these drills and put it into your game swing, the fans will say "Oh my!" as you trot around the bases.

Did you like this content? Check out some of our Products or Other Articles!

  • Rebel's Rack

    The Rebel’s Rack

    $74.99
    Select options
  • Bat Drag Buster

    Bat Drag Buster

    $44.99
    Add to cart
Are you constantly doing one hand hitting drills and seeing no results? Find out why you could be hurting your bat path from doing these drills.

You've Reached a BR Premium Article

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR BR PREMIUM! (Use Code BRP25 AT CHECKOUT FOR 25% YOUR SUBSCRIPTION. AND RECEIVE A 5-DAY FREE TRIAL!)

LOG IN HERE TO ACCESS BR PREMIUM!

Learn How to Throw to Your Hitters

It is the start of the season and you need your practices to be smooth and efficient. And you know that is not possible if you don't have a good batting practice thrower. We know that throwing BP isn't easy. It has taken us a lot of practice to become a professional BP thrower. Today we are going to take you inside the training we make our employees go through to become better batting practice, front toss, and side toss throwers.

If you watch these videos and practice using our tips, you're going to see a dramatic change in how you throw to your hitters. And trust us, your hitters will appreciate it!

Tips for Throwing Batting Practice

  1. Set Up a Target
  2. Four-Seam Grip Always
  3. Loose Arm Action- Don't be Stiff
  4. Firm Throws on a Downward Angle- NO Lollipop Throws (THIS IS TERRIBLE FOR HITTERS!)
  5. Stay Behind the Screen!

Tips for Throwing Front Toss

  1. Stiff Wrist on the Toss
  2. Sit Down for Better Accuracy
  3. Downward Angle at the Hitter
  4. Get Farther Back from the Net Than You Already Sit/Stand
  5. Aim at a Target

Tips for Throwing Side Toss

  1. Four-Seam Grip
  2. No Wrist Action- Keep it Firm
  3. Throw to Middle of the Hitter
  4. Straight and Strong Throws
  5. Sit on a Bucket or on a Knee

Your Hitters Will Thank You

If you can learn as a coach or parent how to throw effective batting practice to your team or kid then you are helping them out more than anything you can buy them. That $400 bat won't do your kid any good if he doesn't have any strikes to hit with it. Learn how to throw BP and your hitters will thank you and want to hit more.

Did you like this content? Subscribe to The Rebellion Newsletter!

The best way for players to communicate with their coaches what they have been working on in their off-season training program.

You've Reached a BR Premium Article

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR BR PREMIUM! (Use Code BRP25 AT CHECKOUT FOR 25% YOUR SUBSCRIPTION. AND RECEIVE A 5-DAY FREE TRIAL! )

LOG IN HERE TO ACCESS BR PREMIUM!

Hitting assessments should not be thought of as a quick solution to a long term problem. Learn what hitting assessments mean and how they can help.

You've Reached a BR Premium Article

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR BR PREMIUM! (AND RECEIVE A 5-DAY FREE TRIAL!)

LOG IN HERE TO ACCESS BR PREMIUM!

STILL UNSURE? SIGN UP USING PROMO CODE: BRP25 AT CHECKOUT FOR 25% YOUR SUBSCRIPTION

Should your son or daughter be a switch hitter? Today we'll talk about the 5 best switch hitters of all time and the reasons why switch hitting isn't ideal.

You've Reached a BR Premium Article

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR BR PREMIUM! (AND RECEIVE A 5-DAY FREE TRIAL!)

LOG IN HERE TO ACCESS BR PREMIUM!

Are you having trouble with your hitters being too early or too late and you don't know how to fix it? Check out our tips and drills to help with timing.

You've Reached a BR Premium Article

BR Premium gives you access to premium online content that will make YOU a better coach, instructor, or player!  Being a BR Premium member gives you access a new and consistently updated library of high-quality research articles, videos, drills, vlogs, and practice plans!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR BR PREMIUM!

LOG IN HERE TO ACCESS BR PREMIUM!

Top Hitting Articles of 2019

To end the calendar year we wanted to highlight our top hitting articles of 2019. We have been putting out hitting content since 2011 and this year was our best year yet. And we have you to thank! So sit back, relax, and catch up on our most-read hitting articles of 2019.

1. The Truth About Extension in the Swing

Extension is a very common hitting cue. You hear it at all levels in both baseball and softball. But is that phrase even the best to use? In a previous article, I wrote about how the hitter creates top barrel speed and where the acceleration happens.  In this article, I'm going to discuss what happens next, EXTENSION. Or to use an even better term, 'barrel release'.

Barrel extension in a swing has been cued the same way for a long time.  Like many of you reading this, I had dozens, if not hundreds, of hitting lessons growing up, and apparently did not know the information I know now. Having said that, one cue I remember hearing a lot was "get to extension" or "get extended."  Anybody who studies a high-level swing knows that the arms become extended.

Click here to read the full article.

The Truth About Extension

2. The Best Way to Train for Increased Power

I am going to take you through HitTrax data of ALL ages. The data will show you sessions from hitters from 8u to college for baseball AND softball. Showing the success they have hitting the ball in the air (between 22* and 36* Launch Angle).

One of the biggest things you'll see is that most hitters, especially younger, are unable to hit the ball over the fence in this window.  What these charts do show is that these hitters must CONTINUE to train to hit the ball high. If they learn to hit in these windows as much as possible now, they will eventually give themselves a better chance for homers as they advance. Read through the article to see Baseball Rebellion certified drills to help you hit the ball farther!

Click here to read the full article. 

The Best Way to Train For Increased Power

3. Hitting Terms Every Coach Must Know

Do you know today's most commonly used hitting terms? If not, this article will be extremely helpful for you. It's important for moms, dads, coaches, and players to understand these terms. Knowledge is power, and knowing these terms and what they mean will help everyone learn faster and share hitting information better.

Exit Velocity

The speed the ball comes off the bat, this has nothing to do with the bat itself, just the ball once it’s hit. Another term that means the same thing as Exit Velocity is Ball Exit Speed

Launch Angle

The angle at which the ball leaves the bat once it is hit...
Hitting Terms

4. Stop Striking Out with One Simple Move

Strikeouts!  The bane of every coach and player's existence.  Since the beginning of baseball and softball, players have and coaches have hated striking out. It may be surprising to read, but this article is not about how strikeouts are okay.  Also, it is not about how strikeouts can be good outs, or how they're just part of the game.  This article is about limiting strikeouts with one movement change and one approach change.

Approach: See Fewer Pitches

Interestingly, the more pitches hitters see in an at-bat, the less likely a hitter is to be successful.  Most of the 'quality at-bat culture' is just incorrect.  Seeing more pitches does have a place in the game, but in individual at-bats, it decreases success rate.  Period

Click here to read the full article.

Stop Striking Out

5. Increase Power with Side Bend & The Rack Bat

Are you seeing a lot of strikeouts or popups from your son or daughter? Are they rolling over or getting jammed more than you'd like? One of the most likely problems is their posture and the answer is side bend. Side bend occurs as the hitter is turning their bat behind them and (hopefully!) working back up to the ball.

Side Bend is bending towards home plate at the contact position.  The body has now rotated to the ball so the hip hinge in the stance has transitioned to side bend. You cannot achieve proper side bend however without first getting into the proper hip hinge position. Check out our article and drills to get into a perfect hip hinge position. 

Click here to read the full article. 

Increase power

Did you like this content? Subscribe to The Rebellion Newsletter!

Baseball Rebellion's CEO Chas Pippitt talks about the difference and benefits of blocked vs random training. See how both types of training affect the development of your players.

 

You've Reached a BR Premium Article

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR BR PREMIUM! (AND RECEIVE A 5-DAY FREE TRIAL!)

LOG IN HERE TO ACCESS BR PREMIUM!

Strike Zone Secrets: 2 Realities about Umpires You May Not Know

How to Understand the Strike Zone as a Parent and Player

Recently, a few parents and players have talked to me about the ‘strike zone’ issues. Usually, they describe a bad call or two that the ump called on their son or daughter which resulted in a strikeout. I also had a parent submit a video recently in a 10u elite travel ball game where the pitcher appeared to be lobbing the ball in.

This article is important because it’s going to help you reframe your expectations of the umpire and give you a strategy based on your hitting style and size that will help you control the zone as a hitter.

What is the Strike Zone?

Before I get into the “Strike Zone Secrets”, we must define the strike zone. MLB.com defines the strike zone as follows: 

The official strike zone is the area over the home plate from the midpoint between a batter's shoulders and the top of the uniform pants -- when the batter is in his stance and prepared to swing at a pitched ball -- and a point just below the kneecap. In order to get a strike call, part of the ball must cross over part of the home plate while in the aforementioned area.”

Picture From MLB Desbribing the Strike Zone
Picture From MLB Desbribing the Strike Zone

Two Secrets to Better Teach Your Kids the Strike Zone

Now that we’ve defined the strike zone, here are 2 facts about umpires and a strategy that will help you get more pitches you want to hit versus take based on your size and hitting strengths.

Secret 1: Most Umpires Call Strikes Based on Where the Catcher Catches the Ball

The strike zone at most youth tournaments MUST be larger than the MLB definition. Players are LEARNING...and honestly, so are the umpires, coaches, and parents. In the video below, Garret stands in different parts of the batter’s box and we freeze-frame the ball at different ‘strike zone possibility calls’.

As you can see, those pitches crossed Garrett at different places based on where he stood in the box. For the record, those pitches were intended to simulate a coach pitch or 9u game pitch from an average pitcher.

Umpires, parents, and players all would perceive those pitches differently depending on where they stand and how tall they are as a player. Check out the video below to see a 9u game and an example of game pitches looking like the one we demonstrated previously.

Players, coaches, and parents must be able to understand the umpire’s perspective on balls and strikes. And while they won’t always call balls and strikes to the letter of the law, their word is the law. And their perception and decision are all that matters.

Secret 2: The Umpires are NOT out to Get You

Umpires at the triple crown elite winter world series in Rocky Mount, NC are not highly paid individuals. They aren’t highly trained either. They are usually parents of players who no longer play ball that just love to be around the game. Sometimes, they’re younger kids looking to make an extra buck on the weekends or even volunteers helping out for community service hours.

None of these umpires are malicious or hate you or your player. All of these umpires are doing the best they can and have no intention of screwing up the game or making incorrect calls.

Strategy Based on These Videos

If you’re a shorter player, stand in the back of the box.

This will give the pitch more time to ‘fall’ into your hitting zone. If you’re a taller player, and low pitches get you out, stand more towards the front to increase the chances of getting a higher pitch. In both of those pitches in Garrett’s video, the catcher would have caught the pitch at perfect ‘target’ height. Because of this, it is extremely important for shorter players to stand in the back of the box to give them and umpires the most realistic view of THEIR strike zone. 

Did you like this content? Check out some of our Products or Other Articles!

  • Rebel's Rack

    The Rebel’s Rack

    $74.99
    Select options
  • Bat Drag Buster

    Bat Drag Buster

    $44.99
    Add to cart
If you don't have a live arm to throw to your hitters every day, check out how BR uses Spinball Sports to help recreate the game environment in training

You've Reached a BR Premium Article

BR Premium gives you access to premium online content that will make YOU a better coach, instructor, or player!  Being a BR Premium member gives you access a new and consistently updated library of high-quality research articles, videos, drills, vlogs, and practice plans!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR BR PREMIUM! (AND RECEIVE A 7-DAY FREE TRIAL!)

LOG IN HERE TO ACCESS BR PREMIUM!