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Top 5 Ways Player's Get Worse From Team Practice

The way team hitting / batting practice is organized, and the culture that is created during practice can be either very helpful or damaging to your baseball/softball player's ability to take quality swings and not feel afraid to take them. Here are just a handful of situations or batting routines that might be happening to your player at practice and if you are a coach, let's take some time to perhaps rethink how your baseball/softball team's hitting time is being used.

5.  Not Hitting

Yes, this does happen! Before I get to critical on coaches and their practice plans here, it should be said that I love defense. I was a catcher my whole career and love making defensive plays and stopping runs from scoring.  It's crucial for the outfield and infield to be able to communicate and work well together, but do we really need to skip hitting so that there can be 3 hours of bunt coverage? Especially on a play that gets ran once a year! Every baseball and softball player in the lineup will get at least two at-bats in a game. The one secret play, that never works, is not worth the time. Do the math, get some swings in.

Practice Solution: If you have to have entire practices dedicated to defense, just be sure to do the same for hitting. Even if a player has what might be considered a "bad swing," at least they can develop timing with their bad swing and have more of a chance for success.

 

4.  Throwing Bad BP or Front Toss

Bad Baseball Batting Practice Throwing

One of the more frustrating things for us to see is a player that has a good swing but gets worse because his coach can't throw front toss or batting practice. It is even more frustrating when the coach who just bounced five balls in a row gets mad at the hitter for not swinging. Most young players are afraid of their coaches already and don't want to"talk back."  So what happens?  The player will undoubtedly start taking awful swings at awful pitches just to appease the coach and ruin his own practice time. Every time the coach throws a bad pitch, the player should take, which can even be used to the hitter and coaches benefit. If the coach continues to throw poorly, the player should then be allowed to go work off the tee or go through dry swings where they can practice good movements.

Practice Solution: Coaches should practice throwing strikes overhand and front toss. Before any us at Baseball Rebellion became a full-time instructor, we had to become great at front toss and BP. Not to say we don't make mistakes, but baseball and softball hitters, especially ones learning new movements, have to have a certain level of consistency with each pitch so they can focus more on their swing. If one of your responsibilities as a coach is to front toss or throw batting practice, you need to be somewhat good at it, or you will only make your team worse.

 

3. Batting / Pitching Machines

If you are not currently an in-person or online client of Baseball Rebellion, it's challenging to visualize practicing a baseball/softball swing without hitting a ball. All of our clients know how to train at home with no bat, no ball, and have huge gains in their swing. Taking your team or player to a batting cage or even bringing in a "portable" batting machine to practice seems like a good idea in theory.

The problem with machines and creating a good swing occurs in the timing of the pitch, especially if your swing has a good loading phase. If you have followed Baseball Rebellion before then, you know we like to see hitters have a nice rock back or sway move to get some momentum started. Guys like Jose Bautista are great examples of this type of negative to positive move. For the hitter to properly execute the start of this move, they must use the load phase of the pitcher as a visual to know when to start. Since most pitching machines have zero to very little pre-release action, the hitter can struggle at getting started, therefore throwing off their entire swing pattern. This is especially difficult for baseball and softball hitters who have just started to learn this type of movement.

Bad Baseball / Softball batting or pitching machine

There are many different types of pitching/batting machines out there, and some are better than others. Any machine that shoots the ball out without any warning is one to watch out for. These can be extremely frustrating to a hitter with movement. The ball will suddenly appear which gives it the perception as fast, but the speed of the ball is normal to slow, causing the hitter to suddenly jump forward but then realize they are super early getting their front foot down. Unless you are very in-tuned with your body and timing, there is very little hope for consistent or powerful contact. No baseball or softball player out there wants to look bad in front of his teammates and coaches, so they will begin to strip away movement from their swing. Ultimately the once good swing is now sliced down to a panic-induced wrist snap. Months of training and money has been wasted.

Some machines like the classic Iron Mike model is the only one that I think can accurately give the hitter some kind of timing mechanism. But even that can be hard if the batter can't see the arm come around and back to the top.

Practice Solution: This is a tough one because I do understand the need to take swings with a moving ball and as mentioned earlier, and good throwers can be hard to come by. For players, if you can't work on good timing with a negative to positive move forward, then my advice would be to start with your front foot already down. If your mechanics are already good, you can still work on lots of other parts of the swing like hip rotation, front and back leg action, and barrel path, just to name a few. However, if the hitter's mechanics are already bad, I am afraid these types of machines can only cause more frustration and negativity.

 

2. Situational Batting Practice

A lot like bunt coverage practice, there is a definite time and place for situation hitting practice. But often baseball and softball teams spend countless hours of hitting/batting practice time on nothing but hit-and-runs, slashes, bunting, two-strike approaches, etc. Again these are times that may only happen one or two times a game, hence the name situational.

STOP slash bunting in Baseball or Softball

Now if you are dedicating the opening round of batting practice to a few bunts and one or two hit-and-runs, that is one thing, but making entire rounds dedicated to hitting the ball backside on the ground can be detrimental to a good swing. In rounds like those, the hitter is forced by the demands of the coach to hit every pitch, even inside pitches, to the backside of the field. Again, the hitter, being afraid to disappoint the coach, will adopt a weak backside mentality, creating a slower delayed turn of the barrel to flick the ball that way. Then when the game comes around, the coach wonders why his team can't drive the ball. The "backside approach" round can work for very specific cases of timing issues but usually not for the whole team. These types of rounds will create mental and physical issues in most baseball and softball hitters that could take a long time to overcome.

Practice Solution: Immediately after a brief situational round, allow your hitters to "let it fly." Get them ready to do what they will most likely have to do in the game, Hit! I think a lot of coaches out there would be surprised in the performance of their hitters if they introduced more power rounds in their practice or even dedicated one to a home run round. Not only would the players have ready their aggressive mindsets, but they would also have a lot more fun knowing they have the freedom to go for it. Less fear and more aggressive hitters should be what any baseball or softball coach should strive for. Don't be afraid to see how a player can develop over time with this kind of practice. The baseball and softball players that we work with everyday start to learn how to hit doubles on purpose and their mishits become hard singles.  As a hitter, it feels great knowing you can make mistakes and still get on base.

 

1.  Quick Pitching the Hitter

I chose this topic as number one because it seems to be what all of my clients have in common. We spend months before the season getting their swings to be powerful and consistent. During this process, they are allowed to move freely through the entire swing then reset before the next pitch. In this resetting time, they have they can regain their composure, think about and make adjustments, and then take another good swing. 

Coaches have to remember that practice time is the hitter's time to get better and not their time to see how many swings they can take in two minutes. Too many of our hitters will see us during the season, after months of training, and all of a sudden they have a shorter yet weaker swings with no finish. Before they even get their shoulders fully rotated, they are slowing down and hopping back into their stances. They cut out their rhythm, their forward move, and their finish to get ready for the next pitch. Time and time again they fall victim of the "practice culture" in baseball and softball. When they finally do take a full and aggressive swing at practice, the coach will already be throwing the next pitch before the player has a chance to reset. So when the player decides not to swing because they are not ready, they get yelled at. Now fear has been installed in the young player, and they cut down their swing to make the coach happy. This happens every day for some kids, and all of us here at Baseball Rebellion have to work on getting them back to where they were two months ago.

Practice Solution: Take less, but better swings. The old saying goes "quality over quantity," and nothing could be more true for baseball and softball swings and practice. With every quick restart with zero time to think, your hitters are getting worse. If you have a limited time for hitting at practice, then use the time wisely. Cut each round down by three or four swings and let the hitters focus on their swing and training, whatever it might be. If you're a player with this issue, don't be afraid to let a pitch go by from time to time or ask the coach to slow down. All players should be able to speak to their coaches and ask for time. It is the player's practice after all.

To sum it all up, I understand how difficult it is to be a coach at any level. Every level of baseball and softball has its obstacles to hurdle when it comes to practice. Things like field time, coaching assistance, even balls can be hard to come by. I don't want this article to bash on all coaches, everywhere, who try hard to do it right. But trying hard and not knowing, are two different things. We have tons of FREE articles on here that can help you become a better coach. If more coaches took the time to improve upon some of this issue, everybody and the sports of baseball and softball would benefit. Lastly, if one of your parents is taking a player on your team to see a professional instructor, please respect their choice to outsource their information and invest their money. Let their players focus on his or her specific goals and work on their swing regardless if you think it's right.

JK Whited - Hitting Instructor for the Baseball Rebellion

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Drill This, Not That: Timing Drills

 

Seen above, the countdown drill is used to teach a hitter to be quick to the ball as well as be able to adjust to different timings. The thought behind this drill is if a hitter is able to square a ball up with a very short amount of reaction time, they will be able to adjust to different pitches better. The problem with this drill is that it doesn't allow for a realistic pitch angle. With the coach or instructor dropping the ball from straight above, it doesn’t allow the hitter to adjust to the plane of the pitch.

A drill that you could implement instead of the countdown drill is the Rebel's Rack Timing Drills. This allows a hitter to time their turn to certain pitches as well as giving them a realistic pitch plane to see.

 

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The Truth About Hand Path in the Baseball Swing - Revisited

Years ago, I wrote an article on Hand Path that featured the Rebel’s Rack.  If you have not read that article, or it has been a while, please visit that article first by CLICKING HERE before reading on.  It is a quick read so enjoy.

Now that you’re back and have refreshed yourself on see-saw elbow movements and hand pivot concepts, let's talk some more about how we show hitters how to turn their body to turn the barrel and not pull their hands across their chests to hit.

There are two main drills that we have started using to illustrate the difference between a ‘hand path’ swing and a ‘body turn’ swing.  At Baseball Rebellion we want a 'turn dominated' body swing that uses as little arm extension as possible to generate power.  Arm extension swings eliminate timing adjustments and make the hitter much more likely to swing at changeups or curveballs.  We want a longer ‘hand path’ to be a timing adjustment not a necessity in our hitter's swings. When arm extension is used as a timing adjustment, instead of a power generator, the hitter can hit the ball much deeper in the zone, allowing for more adjustments if late on a fastball. Conversely, a hitter can also extend to a pitch they are early on after accelerating the barrel with the turn instead of the

The first article about Hand Path (which you hopefully just read) showed how we use the Rebel’s Rack to ‘learn to turn’ and deemphasize the use of the hitter's arms in the baseball swing.  Turn driven swings are more adjustable and faster than arm driven swings because they use larger muscles of the body to move the bat head.  Using your large muscles in your turn-dominated swing creates more power for hitters of all shapes and sizes.  Also, using the body to turn the bat allows a later decision to turn, which helps eliminate bad swings at poor pitches to hit.  Next, I’m going to show you 2 new drills we use to help hitters ‘learn to turn’ instead of ‘push’ their bat forward in the swing.

The first drill is the Ball in The Back Arm Drill.  One of my professional clients named his back arm ball “Kevin”.  Kevin goes everywhere with him and you can even see him on the field in pregame warmups as he goes through his hitting ‘feels’. 

The Ball in Back Arm Drill:

Keys to the Ball in Back Arm Drill

  • Get a ball that’s ‘rubbery’ in texture, we use a TAP ball
  • Put the ball in your back arm so it’s touching your skin, not your shirt
  • Hold the ball pinched in your back arm all the way until ‘contact’ would occur.

You can hit front toss or balls off a tee using this drill if you'd like, either finishing the entire swing or holding the ‘turn’ position with your arms like I do in my dry work.  If you take a full swing, the ball should ‘shootout’ towards where you’re trying to hit the pitched or tee ball.  It should not drop out of your arms before you hit the ball. If the ball drops before contact, you extended your arms, which shuts down the turn in the swing.

 

The Barrel Support Drill:

Another drill we use is the Barrel Support Drill which teaches hitters how to handle the ‘weight’ of the bat as they swing it.  Supporting the barrel is a MUST because as you turn faster with heavier bats, the bat itself PULLS AWAY and DOWN, extending the arms, and disconnecting the hitter’s bat from the powerful turn engine of their swing.

Keys to the Barrel Support Drill:

  • Pick a weight the hitter can handle, but still feels heavy with your arms extended
  • make sure the hitter has a strong back shoulder and biceps, but a loose backhand wrist
  • make sure the weight TURNS with the body in a full supination of the back arm
  • once the hitter can handle a horizontal shoulder turn, start to add side bend to turn to different pitch locations

These two drills have really helped our hitters both in-house and online and are staples of how we train our MiLB and MLB clients as well as our top softball players.  I’m excited to share these and update the “Look Ma, No Hands” article I wrote years ago.  Look for more updates and re-writes as needed when our information advances and changes.

Chas Pippitt, CEO Baseball Rebellion

 

Fix Rolling Over Forever - Say Goodbye to Top Spin and Weak Ground Balls With Two Simple Movement Cues!

Many hitters roll over the ball way too often.  “Rolling Over” is when the hitter’s top hand in their stance pushes up and over the top of the bottom hand just before and during contact.  Rolling over causes top spinning grounders and generally weaker contact than without this movement.  Rolling over is a constant problem in lower levels of baseball and softball.  If the problem isn't fixed, it can carry over to high school and beyond

What Rolling OVER Looks Like

 

As you can see, the front elbow collapses DOWN and close to the hitter’s body. The hitter's hands pull across the stomach and over the top of the bottom hand.  These poor, subtle movements all cause the bat to have a little ‘hump’ in the swing plane as well as pull the bat out of the hitting zone.  Rolling over is quite a large issue for many younger hitters who do not have the strength yet to turn the barrel effectively.  Interestingly, we at Baseball Rebellion have had a lot of success in the top hand working UNDER the bottom hand when cueing the lead elbow working ‘up’ during the turn.

What Turning UNDER Looks Like

 

As you can see, when the hands stay high and the front elbow works UP, the hitter’s top hand turns UNDER the bottom hand and the barrel stays in the zone much longer.  This keeps the barrel supported by the body instead of disconnected from the larger muscles that supply the power and speed of the turn.  Interestingly, the front elbow direction is key in avoiding the rollover and maximizing the turn under of the top hand.  So how do we train IN the turn under move and train OUT the roll over move?

How We Train Turning UNDER at Baseball Rebellion

Whenever we see a hitter turn over their hands during lessons at Baseball Rebellion, we always get them on the Bat Drag Buster. When using the white band of the Bat Drag Buster, it is easy for the hitter to FEEL the success or failure of keeping his front elbow up in the turn.  The white band stretches between the elbows, and if used properly and the stretch is maintained, the barrel turns under the hands well and the bat is powered by the body turn.  It is amazing how quickly the white band on the Bat Drag Buster fixes rolling over and get the body back in sequence to support a fast turn and power through the barrel.  Other drills can work, but this is the fastest way we at Baseball Rebellion have found to eliminate the “Roll Over” of the top hand and program the Turn Under” of the top hand into all of our hitters both baseball and softball.

Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Rebellion

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The Movements That Made The Rebellion - The Rebel's Rack Revisited

As Baseball Rebellion/Softball Rebellion has grown, we have decided to be more open with the “HOW” of our process instead of just the results.  This, for years, was not the case at BR/SR, as we wouldn’t even let clients film the movement progressions we do with hitters.  We are all excited about how showing these movements can help players of all ages turn faster and hit with more power.  Releasing our movement progression has been something I’ve considered for a long time.  We haven’t done it, until now, and will be including an even more detailed breakdown inside of the Rebel’s Rack Drills for those who have and are going to purchase the Rebel’s Rack.  All in all, the movement progressions we are about to show you have built what we do here at BR/SR.  Without them, the Hittrax data we produce, the scholarships, draft picks/bonus money, and the opportunities for our position player athletes would be greatly diminished.  We at Baseball Rebellion are extremely excited to show our process and continue to push ourselves to be more transparent and give more back to the game that have given us so much.  Enjoy!

Background

On May 29th, 2012, I launched the Rebel’s Rack, a rotational power trainer and ‘hitting aid’ that helps baseball and softball players hit the ball harder and farther.  At the time, Baseball Rebellion had no Hittrax machines, so all we had was a stalker gun we held up at the hitter to test their exit velocities.  Softball and baseball players of all ages and ability levels were radically increasing their ball exit speed in matters of minutes using our movement progressions and the Rebel’s Rack.  

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Over the years, the Rebel’s Rack has changed some.  No longer yellow in color, the Rebel’s Rack now has 4 sizes that fit kids as small as 50 lbs up to 250lbs.  The ‘wings’ on the Rebel’s Rack are longer now, limiting any pinching that the first iteration of the Rebel’s Rack could cause.  More importantly, how we USE the rack has changed, as we’ve learned the nuances of training rotation and preparing to rotate and timing that rotation to a moving ball.  At the time, I had no idea how much I’d grow to love training movement and improving rotational range, speed, and power.  The first lessons with the Rebel’s Rack, the ‘non-hitting’ lessons, are my most favorite to teach.  The foundation of movement quality and speed built there translates into game acceleration, adjustability, speed and power almost immediately for most players.  Watching a player find out what ‘FASTEST’ really is inside of their bodies and inside of their turn/swing for the first time and their eye’s light up and the green numbers flash on the Hittrax is what I love most about my job.  The Green Bell has been a great culture builder, pushing players to want to come out of their comfort zones to get the applause of those in the building when they ring the bell after a new personal record.

BUT HOW do we as instructors help players, even pros, generate so much more distance and exit velocity so fast?  Over the past 5 years, through trial and error, painstaking video analysis, and constant exit velocity and distance monitoring, the team of instructors at Baseball Rebellion have created the Rebel's Rack Movement Progression. Below, you will see the three (3) main moves we use, and make hitters MASTER before they are allowed to hit (in the cage) again in our program.  These foundational moves are practiced over and over, deliberately, with internal cues that the hitter must make on their own before he or she re-earns the right to hit.  

Movement One: The Stride (Tempo Based, Slowing the Game Down)

Once any hitter returns for their first ‘lesson’ after the evaluation they don’t even need their bat.  We head over to a mirror and the hitter is instructed to stride ‘at the mirror’ as if the mirror were the pitcher.  I want the hitter to see themselves move and hear our cues.  "The mirror is the best teacher in the building" is often said at BR/SR.  Another favorite is, “your eyes are for the mirror, your ears are for me”.  The hitter, strides and strides and strides.  Over and over.  All while watching themselves stride in the mirror and reacting and evolving their movements based on the cues and instructions of the BR Instructor.

Keys to the Stride:
  • Extremely Slow in the landing
  • Open front foot/kneecap towards the mirror (pitcher)
  • Heel to Heel Landing position
  • No opening or ‘flinching’ of the chest at landing
  • Head BACK over Back Hip (this is a change from what we taught years ago, as hitting is more than just generating rotational power…you have to be able to hit and lift a moving ball)
  • Once these keys are achieved, we move on to the Rebel’s Rack Movement Progression to Movement Two. 

Movement Two: The Show (Preparing to Turn, Storing Energy)

Now, the hitter has mastered the slow stride (this can be a leg kick, small lift, toe tap, pretty much anything the hitter wants) with an open front leg/kneecap towards the mirror.  The hitter’s head is back and he or she is not ‘flinching’ or opening their shoulders at any point in the movement or at landing on the front foot.  The hitter has earned the right to progress into the "Show” phase of the Rebel’s Rack Movement Progression.  Still in the mirror, facing the mirror as if it were the pitcher, the hitter is instructed to stride exactly as they did before with a few simple, and extremely important changes.  As the hitter lands, they are instructed to open their pelvis towards the mirror as they keep their front shoulder closed.  Cues we use range from “show your belly button towards the pitcher” to “open your stomach as far as you can while you show the back ‘wing’ of the Rebel’s Rack in the mirror".  Essentially, we are twisting up the body in opposite ways.  The lower half is opening, and the upper half, specifically the upper back and back arm, are resisting that opening as hard as they can.  This stores energy and prepares the body to TURN as quickly as possible.  EVERY SINGLE THING done in “the Show” phase is preparing the body to turn quickly and instantly.  Store as much energy as possible and completely wind yourself up as far as you can without losing sight of the pitcher with your back eye.

Keys to the Show:
  • Open the pelvis from ABOVE the pelvis, using your lower back and stomach muscles.
  • Soft and slow landing with the front side, no ‘bouncing’ into the ground or ‘stomping’.
  • Keep your front shoulder totally still or ‘slightly close’ your front side shoulder by pulling back with your upper back and resist the opening/turn/swing with your back arm/upper back.

Movement Three:  The Turn

Now the hitter has mastered the MOVEMENTS of slowly striding and slowly storing up as much energy for the turn as possible.  It's time to put that energy to good use!  The hitter goes into the “Show” phase of the turn move and lands and stops.  From here, we teach the hitter the turn, from a dead standstill.  Basically, the turn is three basic movements that happen all at once.

The hitter must SIMULTANEOUSLY pull their back hip forward from above the pelvis (this moves the back foot as well), forcefully straighten their front leg into the ground through the front heel of the front foot, and turn their belly button past the pitcher and back shoulder all the way to centerfield.  Usually, there are many different mistakes that happen, and almost ALL of them are caused by the hitter turning too slowly.  Remember, the turn must be LEARNED FAST while the preparation to turn must be learned and executed slowly.    The faster you turn…the faster you learn!  Slowness in the turn causes the hitter’s head to drift forward, the front leg to fail to straighten out, the back foot/hip not moving forward far enough or too far (both can happen) and the shoulders not to turn all the way.  Many balance issues arise when the turn is slow…and the hitter MUST be totally committed to the idea of achieving maximum speed in the turn from the beginning to the finish.  There is no slowing down…no easing into it…the turn must GO and be done.  

Keys to the Turn:
  • The hitter must turn as fast and completely as possible, there is no ‘almost’ or ‘kinda fast’
  • The hitter must lock out his front knee completely and hold the finish
  • The hitter must pull the back foot forward with no dragging of the toe
  • The hitter must land on the ball of their back foot and not let the heel drop
  • The hitter’s back knee must be in front of the hitter’s face at the finish of the turn (swingman finish)
  • The back shoulder must completely replace the front shoulder and be higher than the front shoulder at the finish

Master the Movements

If a hitter is willing to spend the time mastering this movement progression with these executable internal cues, then the ‘chaos’ of hitting gets much much easier to deal with.  Problems like a change of velocity or break are more easily solved by ‘sinking into’ the front side.  Remember, we learned the turn from a dead stop position (Show Position), so now the hitter knows he or she can go fast from there.  If a hitter gets fooled, they have a better plan…and it’s built in.  

Wax On, Wax Off

Mr. Miyagi did this to Daniel Son by having him Wax on, Wax off and Paint the Fence.  These repeatable actions became ingrained in him so when Miyagi attacked Daniel, he knew how to defend the different punches.    Likewise, hitter’s posture and turn aggression become what we call ‘unbreakable’.  The "unbreakable" posture and turn speed can be practiced daily and once these movements are mastered, they become subconscious and are instantly recalled by the body when needed in games.  In minutes, a hitter can do hundreds of turns with the rack without any failure at all!  Imagine how efficient your training could be if you took away the stress of hitting?  No more frustrated faces from a rollover or a pop up...No more hitting until your hands bleed...no more confusion about WHY you went 0 - 4...you'll know why you failed...your posture and speed of the turn broke.  The less a hitter 'breaks' within the game turn, the better he or she will hit.  Period.  

Seeing Gains Away from the Cage

Training movements away from the cage and then taking them into the cage is common in instruction nowadays.  But much of that training and 'feel work' doesn't translate and is just feels for feels sake.  We want everything a hitter does to increase their ability to accelerate their turn, time their turn, and find their top speed as fast as they can with their BODY, not with their arms and hands.  We even take the Rebel’s Rack into the cages at first, before they hit, so they can time a moving ball with their turn after they time their load with the pitcher's arm swing or windup.  This sequence leads to the fastest improvements we have ever seen on Hittrax, the fastest 'ah ha' moments for our clients, the most confidence in our shared process, and the fastest carry over into games.  

Conclusion

Writing this article and posting these videos was scary for me.  I’ve had many, many people tell me ‘they just don’t understand what you guys do’ when people come at us on social media.  Players we’ve helped say, ‘Chas, if they knew how fast you and the guys did it, and how you guys did it, then they’d understand’.  For years we have hidden this information from ‘outsiders’.  Now, we at Baseball Rebellion and Softball Rebellion are going to bring you behind the curtain and you can try to duplicate our results for yourself.  Get some Racks, and learn how to turn.  Enjoy the success this will bring you, your team, and or your players.  The Rebel’s Rack Movement Progression is a secret no more, now let's unlock what's inside your body already…the fastest turns you’ve ever experienced!  

Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Rebellion

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Whenever I talk with people about the online baseball/softball lesson program at Baseball Rebellion, it is usually a new concept to them. The first question usually asked is, Why don’t players  just take lessons from someone local? Unfortunately the number of baseball/softball instructors who are armed with good information, have good character, and know how to produce consistent results are very limited. If you are lucky enough to be within driving distance of these instructors, I highly encourage you to work with them! For the majority of parents and players who are looking for a proven plan and instructor who will tailor a personalized training progression to the individual client, Baseball Rebellion Online Hitting or Pitching Lessons might be a great fit! Below are 5 reasons that you should strongly consider the online lesson approach to learning.

1. No More Guessing

As someone who took a large number of lessons and gave a few lessons while I was still playing (and had no idea what I was doing), I can tell you that the vast majority of hitting coaches are guessing regarding the problems their players are facing when hitting or pitching. The human eye is too slow to see exactly what is happening in the baseball/softball swing or throw at full speed. This leads to inefficient results and often the player  begins practicing things that are detrimental or irrelevant to their swing at best. This doesn’t sound like something most players or parents would want to pay for. With the use technology like slow motion video analysis of clients and professionals, Baseball Rebellion works to systematically understand optimal body movements and train the movements that produce successful results. Baseball Rebellion has shown the impact of these movement changes time and time again via the Hit Trax system that tracks the velocity, Launch Angle, and Distance of every ball hit at the Baseball Rebellion facility. The Baseball Rebellion website has a wealth of FREE material from the hundreds of articles and case studies we have written. These should serve as proof to you of the quality and depth of information you will be getting from the Baseball Rebellion staff. Below are just a few of the case studies from our site:

Case study 1: https://baseballrebellion.com/cpippitt/baseball-rebellion-case-study-online-in-person-effective-either-way/

Case Study 2: https://baseballrebellion.com/gabedimock/baseball-rebellion-case-study-hannah-morris/

Case Study 3: https://baseballrebellion.com/category/br-case-study/

Case Study 4: https://baseballrebellion.com/jkhittingrebel/case-study-more-than-just-a-good-swing/

2. A Clear Plan

While some instructors can identify problems in a swing accurately, it is even more important that they know how to improve the issues they see. This is something that takes a great deal of skill from the instructor because many players with similar mechanical problems will respond differently to various drills/cues that are designed to promote a positive change. Baseball Rebellion makes a clear plan that is tailored to each individual client according to their specific age, needs, and learning style. Below is a template of our training progression that we make for each player:

3. Quick Feedback With Explanations That Are Thorough Yet Simple

Baseball Rebellion’s online hitting instructors have a great turn around time of no more than three business days. This allows for quick and effective communication of feedback, concepts, drills, and next steps for clients. The feedback given is delivered with the appropriate “voice” for each client. Our goal is to give in-depth and thorough feedback but in away that is simple and easy to understand. One of our mottos is that if an Elementary school student can’t understand the feedback, then the feedback needs to change! One of my favorite videos to watch is of one of our 6 year old breaking down the baseball swing. His great explanation is a result of the common and easily understood language used at Baseball Rebellion.

4. Access to Old Videos and Ability to Watch Drills Over and Over Through HUDL Technique

One of the best benefits to online lessons with Baseball Rebellion is that you can watch previous feedback and drills an unlimited number of times through HUDL Technique! While in person lessons are great, the benefit of watching feedback and drills remotely is not generally offered with in person lessons. With Baseball Rebellion’s recent switch to HUDL Technique, you will be using a unbelievably user friendly app that will give you easy access to submitting video. Here is a link to a recent article about HUDL Technique and baseball Rebellion: https://baseballrebellion.com/gabedimock/baseball-rebellion-online-lessons-hudl-technique/

5. Access to the Instructor of Your Choice

Every instructor at Baseball Rebellion has been trained and is certified in the Baseball Rebellion system of teaching. That being said, all instructors have differing strengths and voices that work better with different players. You have access to choose your instructor and change instructors at any time. Some clients choose to periodically switch instructors so that they can hear concepts explained in different ways. This can help clients glean the benefits of the strengths of all the Baseball Rebellion Instructors. All BR instructors are extremely accessible and can be reached through phone and email easily. Below are example lessons from each of the instructors.

Gabe Dimock

JK Whited

KC Judge

Tyler Zupcic

Dave Shinskie


For any of you who have been thinking about an alternative to traditional in-person instruction, I hope this has given you a picture and sense for the benefits of online lessons with Baseball Rebellion!

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

 

 

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Dylan S.

Dylan S. has been a long time online Baseball Rebellion client who has had ONLY online training with us. Dylan has done an amazing job of learning the biomechanics of his swing and taking the initiative to work incredibly hard in order to make positive swing changes. While there are many parts of his swing that have improved over the years, his body language at the plate has been the largest improvement. When Dylan 1st began in our program, it was clear during each at bat whether Dylan thought he was going to be successful or not. This depended heavily on the quality of pitcher he was facing. Dylan’s confidence and body language has improved immensely in the last year or so. He now looks confident and ready to smash the baseball against any pitcher regardless of their ability. Dylan is a great example of how the Baseball Rebellion Online Program can produce great results! If you are interested in signing up for online lessons click here.

Thank you for reading and watching!

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

In this week’s breakdown, I’m going to be looking at high school senior Spencer Smith. Spencer is a long-time client of Baseball Rebellion and is number 151 on Baseball Americas top 200 prospects for 2017. In his senior season, Spencer hit .414 with 7 home runs, 25 RBIs, and 10 doubles. He ends his 4-year career at Northern Durham high school with a .459 batting average to go along with 23 home runs and 100 RBIs. The clip I’m going to look at is from this year’s Power Showcase in Miami, Florida at the home field of the Miami Marlins. The Power Showcase is a homerun derby type event featuring the nations top high school power hitters from each state. The swing in particular that is going to be dissected is one that produced an estimated 487 foot blast. Good luck to Spencer whether he fulfills his commitment to ECU or decides to sign a professional contract after this years draft. Either way, a very exciting player to watch with serious power!

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown:

Eric Thames

Eric Thames is the early favorite for comeback story of the year in 2017. After struggling in his initial stint in the MLB with the Toronto Blue Jays (2011-2012), Eric Thames found success playing in Korea. He hit 37, 47, and 40 home runs in his three years there, earning him a second MLB opportunity with the Milwaukee Brewers. He has started the 2017 MLB season off with a bang, already having hit 8 home runs and 6 doubles. Watch the swing breakdown above to see how Thames changed his swing from 2012 to 2017. If you would like help with your swing, click here to check out our online lesson page! Thank you for reading and watching.

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor