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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:
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 (email@example.com), Tyler (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mark (email@example.com)
In closing, I wanted to provide a video update for all of our members as a thank you for your continued support.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.