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02 Oct 2020

3 Kids Baseball Drills That Are Fun to Practice Indoors

There is no better time for kids to be working on some fun baseball drills indoors. The current baseball season is winding down and next season is waiting in the batter’s box. Therefore, now is the perfect opportunity for youth players of all skill levels to continue working on consistent baseball swing mechanics by themselves at home.

A number of important hitting fundamentals can easily be practiced at home with a few simple baseball drills indoors or in the backyard.

All successful hitters and swing coaches agree that in order to have the best chance at making quality contact with the ball there are a few core components of the baseball swing that must be practiced repetitively:

  1. Proper control of the barrel of the bat. (Keeping the barrel of the bat through the hitting zone as long as possible)
  2. Optimal launch angle
  3. Good rotation of the body creating higher angular velocity or “turn speed”

When these components of the baseball swing are accomplished, the hitter’s giving themself the best opportunity to make contact with the baseball. Fortunately, for hitters of all skill levels and ages, these crucial parts of the baseball swing can be practiced and perfected with a few hitting drills at home.

Baseball drills for kids should focus on teaching the correct swing plane and bat path, but should also be fun. Here are 3 of the best baseball hitting drills for youngsters to practice at home that make learning these core fundamentals fun.

 

 

Drill #1: Youth Baseball Bat Path Drill

OBJECTIVE: Aim for A Large Target up The Middle 15-25 ft Away
Beginners should start with a simple drill first. After setting up a hitting net or target, attach the lightweight plastic cup to any bat with the velcro straps. Insert a standard tennis ball. The hitter should begin by taking normal swings. Start with trying to launch the ball straight up the middle. Launching a ball up the middle indicates they maintained the barrel through the hitting zone. Bat path is a very hard concept to learn without instant visual feedback.

Once they get the hang of that, set up a target that’s about 4 feet off the ground and 15-25 feet away. Aiming for a target using the swing trainer allows hitters to practice getting on plane with a pitch by visualizing as well as feeling the ball launch at a slightly upward trajectory or angle. When line drives are launched straight at the bullseye, the hitter knows their swing path is correct. And they know the barrel is staying long through the zone. Hitters struggling to get on plane with a pitch will benefit from self-teaching hitting aids like Line Drive Pro.


Drill #2: 500 Point Baseball Target Practice Hitting Drill

OBJECTIVE: First Player to Score 500 Points Wins
Use the LDPT Hitting Target to challenge opponents to a competitive game of point-play. Who will score 500 points first? Each hitter takes the same number of swings in each round. The first one to hit all the points wins. This is the most advanced drill for younger hitters. But without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable drills for kiddos to practice at home.


Drill #3: Indoor Batting Practice Warm-Up Drill

OBJECTIVE: BP Warm-up & Feel Proper Swing Mechanics
If you’re looking for a great indoor drill to get a feel for correct swing mechanics, mix in several sets of reps with the Line Drive Pro Trainer before other hitting drills. Use it as a warm-up drill or alternate between the swing trainer and soft toss, tee work, or batting practice. This reinforces positive muscle memory and increases the effectiveness of BP and live hitting drills. It’s also a great way to break up the monotony of batting practice and keep young ones engaged. The visual feedback allows the batter to make adjustments until the feel of a proper swing path is achieved.

 

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KIDS BASEBALL DRILLS SHOULD BE FUN/ENJOYABLE

Make youth baseball drills fun. Kids can practice their swing, get in reps, and improve without even knowing it if it’s fun and holds their interest. If your child is not interested in and enjoying the drills, they will not want to continue. Within these drills, players can create their own games. They can either challenge themselves or friends/teammates using the point system. The more games you come up with to test the players’ learned skills, the more they will want to compete and advance. Simply put, kids will be more inclined to repeat a baseball drill if it’s enjoyable and fun. It’s even more important for younger kids because the easier it is to understand, and the more fun you make it, the more they’re willing to put in the work to get better/improve their swing.

 

YOUTH HITTING DRILLS SHOULD REINFORCE POSITIVE MUSCLE MEMORY

All baseball drills should reinforce proper baseball swing mechanics and build positive muscle memory. Don’t practice bad habits. Having fun is a huge part of retaining your young slugger’s attention while practicing. However, if the drill is not reinforcing the above-mentioned hitting fundamentals and concepts of a proper swing then it will not be an effective drill or help with improvement.

 

NO BASEBALL DRILL EXPERTS NEEDED

Youth baseball drills should be practical and easy for both the coach/parent as well as the hitter to pick up. Little league coaches and parents do not hold PhDs in baseball swing mechanics. Baseball drills for kids need to provide instant and easy-to-decipher visual feedback. Easy-to-read visual feedback eliminates the confusion that may occur from different coaching techniques and/or verbiage. The more youth hitting drills can provide easy-to-understand feedback, the steeper the learning curve will be for youth hitters. Read more on why Baseball Hitting Aids Are The Best Coaches.

 

BASEBALL DRILLS KIDS CAN PRACTICE INDOORS

Drills must be easily practiced from home without a lot of space. With recent COVID-19 restrictions and weather changing, it’s more important than ever to find a way to practice by yourself in the comfort of your own home. Youth baseball drills shouldn’t require large expensive batting cages or access to a baseball field. With the Line Drive Pro Swing Trainer and a hitting net, players can easily get reps in anywhere, anytime using their own bat.

 

WHY DO YOUNGSTERS LOVE THESE BASEBALL DRILLS?

When all of the above-mentioned criteria is considered, one baseball training method stands out above the rest. And Baseball Made Fun agrees that the Line Drive Pro Trainer is one of the best hitting trainers for young players looking to fix swing flaws and improve their swing anywhere. Learning what proper swing mechanics feel like through fun drills at home is invaluable.

LineDrivePro hitting aids make baseball practice fun. The hitting target allows young players to challenge themselves or others to competitive games based on scoring points. Points are designated on the baseball hitting target and are scored like darts on a dartboard. These entertaining drills can be practiced from home, and stress the importance of barrel control through the hitting zone.

Not only are these competitive games within the drill fun, but they also reinforce the proper mechanics of a good baseball swing. Being able to integrate exciting games and competitive target practice drills indoors makes the LineDrivePro the best youth baseball training aid on the market.

 

KIDS BASEBALL DRILLS THAT PROVIDE VISUAL FEEDBACK ON THEIR SWING PATH

When a hitter has proper control of the barrel of the bat, they are allowing it to stay in the hitting zone the longest amount of time possible. Learning this control is crucial to a young hitter’s swing, which translates to success at the plate early on. Once the muscle memory for barrel control and optimal bat path is attained, hitters can focus on hitting the ball where it’s pitched.

Youth Baseball Drills for Swing Plane

 

Just as important as building positive muscle memory, is the ability to receive instant visual feedback so your hitter can diagnose common swing flaws on their own. Line Drive Pro Trainer drills offer instant feedback on every swing. This makes self-improvement easy to grasp and enjoyable for kids of all ages.

Kids will instantly know if they kept their barrel through the zone and maintained a proper bat path based on where they launch the tennis balls.


✓  PROPER SWING PATH

X  POOR SWING PATH

 

 

 

Conclusion

Drills that are fun and don’t require a lot of space create a relaxed environment where kids can practice important fundamentals on their own without complex technology or intimidating coaching terminology. There is no need to head out to a baseball field or batting cage. No need for an expensive hitting instructor to work on your child’s swing when there are basic drills you can do with the LDPT ProBundle in your own backyard or basement.

By implementing an intuitive training aid that allows kids to bring fun baseball drills indoors, you’re giving them the opportunity to not only train more but also have more fun. Although it’s relatively simple to use, it’s extremely effective and has been backed up with scientific data. Youth training aids and hitting drills should be exciting and teach proper mechanics at the same time. Developing proper swing mechanics at an early age in a fun environment is the best approach to achieving future success at the plate.

If you’re looking to introduce your child to some new baseball drills, integrate target practice drills or point-based games that use LDPT Training Aids. Kids as well as MLB players can benefit from hitting aids that are easy to grasp and can be used indoors. It’s a great way to improve all aspects of swing mechanics and make baseball drills fun!

03 Mar 2018

Proper Swing Plane / Bat Path Drills

Proper swing plane or bat path through the hitting zone allows for various points of contact, which helps the hitter impact the ball more consistently. Developing the barrel control to stay long through the zone gives the hitter some room for error in making contact with a pitch. By getting on plane with the pitch, the hitter can be slightly early or slightly late and still have a good chance of impacting the ball.

Proper Baseball Swing Plane

The physics are pretty simple. Get the bat on plane early in the swing and you will have more of an opportunity to accelerate to the ball. The longer it’s accelerating on that path, the greater the bat speed, and the faster the bat is moving, the harder you will hit the ball. Developing muscle memory for getting on plane quick and staying on plane longer will provide various points of contact and more power.

The correct angle at which the bat enters the zone is crucial to consistent and solid contact, but this can be a very difficult component of proper swing mechanics to master for any player. Common swing flaws can usually be fixed by focusing on how the bat is working through the zone. These are the 2 most common issues hitters usually experience:

  1. The barrel is in and out of the zone: The hitter works across his body and across the plate. While using the LineDrivePro Trainer, the hitter will see the ball launch to the pull side.
  2. The path is too long: The hitter drops (loses) the barrel early and either drags the bat across the plate or swings up through zone. With the LDPT, the ball will launch up or to the open side.

A Swing Path Trainer with Instant Feedback on Proper Bat Path

The instant visual feedback from the trajectory of the ball enables the hitter to learn how their bat is working through the zone and feel what adjustments need to be made. The LineDrivePro Swing Plane Trainer simplifies technical jargon and complicated terminology. The baseball swing plane trainer visually demonstrates hard-to-explain fundamentals so hitters of all ages and skill levels can learn how to eliminate common swing flaws and focus on building proper baseball swing mechanics.

Utilizing baseball hitting drills that promote proper swing plane is paramount for baseball or softball players looking to get more hits. LineDrivePro gives hitters the tools to see how the barrel is working through the hitting zone so they can make the proper adjustments to their bat path.

Swing Plane Drills

Aiming for a target 25 or 55 ft. away allows hitters to practice getting on plane with the average pitch by seeing & feeling the ball launch at a slightly upward trajectory.

Setting up the LineDrivePro Hitting Target either 25’-30’ (for juniors) or 55’ (for advanced players) away at the proper height ensures hitters practice staying on the exact plane of 5-7 degrees – the downward angle of an average MLB pitch (softball will vary). When line drives are launched straight at the center of the target the hitter knows the bat path is correct and the barrel is staying long through the zone. Hitters struggling to get on plane with a pitch will benefit from the self-teaching hitting trainers.

The LineDrive Pro Swing Trainer & Hitting Target keep hitters engaged and having fun while they practice. These simple drills can be set up anywhere and provide hitters with a visual target to aim for and a point system to make things competitive. Get ready for the season and order the ProBundle during our Spring sale now! 

27 Feb 2018

Best Hitting Aids for Youth Baseball

As parents, we all want to see our kids performing at the top of their hitting game. However, the road to achieving peak performance can seem complex and daunting. There are numerous hitting aids for youth baseball players on the market. There is also an abundance of coaches willing to offer expensive private hitting lessons. So which youth baseball hitting aids make the most sense for your son or daughter?

The key is to select the training source that makes developing the proper swing path a fun and intuitive process. Preferably without draining your wallet. Enlisting the help of a hitting coach tends to be thought of as the most trusted route to take. While hitting instructors will agree that having strength through the hitting zone is an absolute.  Each hitting instructor teaches bat path in a unique way that can sometimes be controversial. This can cause issues with learning proper baseball swing mechanics for youth players. However, The LineDrivePro Swing Trainer takes the guesswork out of it through visual feedback that the hitter sees and feels. The baseball hitting drills are also fun. Check out our list of kids baseball drills for 3 youth hitting drills young hitters will enjoy.

Hitting Aids Youth Baseball

Ranked One Of The Best Baseball Hitting / Training Aids

BY BASEBALL MADE FUN

The LineDrivePro Trainer baseball hitting aid has a proven track record of helping youth baseball players to both develop a feel for and see the results of a proper swing path through a no-pressure, natural progression. In fact, a recently posted article by Baseball Made Fun named the 5 Best Hitting Aids, and LineDrivePro Trainer was #1 on their list of hitting aids for youth players. The site found LineDrivePro to be the most effective training aid. This is due to the simplicity of how it straps directly to the player’s own bat, creating a natural experience for the hitter. The immediate visual feedback offered by seeing the ball leave the bat makes the process of learning proper swing mechanics intuitive for the player and shows that baseball hitting aids are the best coaches. Plus, learning to control ball movement makes training fun by turning hitting drills into a game of target practice using our Hitting Target & Swing Trainer ProBundle.

We know that each player is unique and improvement is a continuous process.  You may find the need to re-evaluate your young hitter’s training needs as they grow and develop. The great thing about LDPT is that it is applicable to a hitting program designed around its sole use or utilized as a hitting tool within a broader training approach. Athletes of all ages and skill levels can benefit from the use of The LineDrive Pro Trainer as it is one investment that will continue to help your hitter refine his or her ideal bat path for years to come.

 

ALSO SEE: 5 Best Baseball Hitting Trainers – A Guide To Selecting The Best Hitting Aids for Improving Your Swing

 

02 Dec 2015

3 Quick Tips to Fix A Slow Swing and Increase Bat Speed

Improve Bat Speed + Swing Mechanics

proper-training-ldpt1 – STOP BAD TRAINING HABITS

  • Practice hitting line drives, not home runs

Generally, line drives develop into home runs over time. It’s important to master hitting drives up the middle and to the opposite field before trying to swing for the fences. As your baseball swing mechanics develop and get stronger, bat speed will increase and you will start seeing doubles turn into home runs naturally.

  • Run rather than jog / lift faster rather than slow.

Baseball is a game of short bursts of strength, speed, and power. You can’t get faster by running slow laps around the warning track. Sprints and agility drills combined with explosive lifting to enhance fast-twitch muscle fibers are key if you want to run faster and hit the ball harder. The goal is to train muscles to trigger faster and contract quickly, providing the short bursts of energy needed for stealing bases and proper baseball swing speed.

 

 

 

 

2 – STAY LOOSE TO INCREASE BAT SPEED

baseball swing speed

It is important to feel comfortable at the plate so that you can block out distractions and concentrate on what’s important – seeing the pitch and utilizing the proper hitting mechanic. By staying relaxed you are able to avoid muscle tension, specifically in the arms and legs, and remain mentally focused which are the components needed to make hard contact consistently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

bat speed3 – MAKE SURE SWING SEQUENCE  IS CORRECT

An effective swing is a fluid swing in which you unlock your body parts in order. Your stride should be early and easy, remembering that the majority of your power comes from your lower half, your hips lead your hands keeping your wrists locked until after extension.

31 Aug 2015

Top Baseball Hitting Drills

Using Baseball Hitting Aids To Teach Proper Baseball Swing Mechanics Effectively

The hardest concept to teach during baseball hitting drills, especially youth baseball hitting drills, is keeping the barrel in the hitting zone to achieve the ideal bat path. This one element of baseball swing mechanics is an absolute of all the great baseball hitting pros. If the hitter works across his or her body or gets outside the ball, it will launch to the pull side. If the hitter drops the barrel or carves a swing, the ball will launch to the opposite field. Firing a baseball or softball up the middle requires the hitter to learn correct baseball swing mechanics. Integrating baseball hitting aids like the LineDrivePro Trainer into your program’s hitting drills can help teach proper swing path fundamentals to any player in a short period of time.

A baseball hitting coach named Jacob Cruz designed revolutionary baseball hitting trainers to teach muscle memory and provide instant visual feedback – two mysteries many coaches find very hard to instill during batting practice or hitting drills. With continued use of the swing trainer during hitting drills, the proper “feel” of keeping the barrel in the zone is attained.

Baseball Hitting Drills – How To Implement The LineDrivePro Trainer Into Your Routine:

  • Begin hitting drills by attempting to launch balls up the middle, towards a desired target on a net or in the direction of the pitcher’s mound.
  • The hitter should pull the bat back in their regular hitting stance and swing with normal bat speed. For youth baseball hitting drills, start with holding the barrel out, pointing the LDPT baseball swing trainer towards the pitcher. Older players who understand palm up, palm down through the zone should start with the barrel out in front and the LDPT pointing towards the ground.
  • Hitters of all skill levels will receive instant visual feedback from the ball trajectory and can then make adjustments to their swing.
  • With continued repetition during your swing plane drills, the hitter will begin to feel the hands work longer through the zone as he/she consistently fires the ball back toward the pitcher or net.
  • After obtaining barrel control and the proper swing path, the hitter can work on intentionally firing balls to right field, left field, and back up the middle again.
  • The baseball hitting aid attaches to any bat and can be easily removed so that the player can move on to the next hitting station or live batting practice.

 

Use these 3 fun baseball drills for kids to keep beginners engaged.

 

Why Is This One Of The Most Effective Baseball Hitting Drills?

  • Using the baseball hitting aid correctly forces the hitter to maintain the barrel in the zone.
  • Proper bat path through the strike zone allows for various points of contact, which helps the hitter impact the ball more consistently.
  • The longer the barrel of the bat stays in the hitting zone, the less perfect the hitter’s timing needs to be to hit the ball well.
02 Jul 2015

4 Tips For An Effective Baseball Offseason Training Program

Summertime is full of fun and exciting distractions. So, whether you are gaining momentum into your summer practice schedule or fighting to stay faithful to a softball or baseball hitting training routine, it is important to keep in mind that if you apply yourself in the offseason, you will get results. To make the most of the time you spend in the gym and on the field this summer you may want to focus on these 4 areas to make next season your best season:

1.) Training For Consistent Power At The Plate

Basbeball Power Training

Most softball or baseball players with high batting averages hit the ball hard and often. To increase your ability to hit for maximum contact, you will want to add balance training and core work to your fitness program. To generate consistent power at the plate, lower body training is essential. The waist down is responsible for over 80% of power and bat speed. Training that focuses on the hips and other lower body areas will help encourage proper baseball swing mechanics. The proper hitting stance and weight distribution gives the hands a clean path to be able to keep the barrel working through the hitting zone longer. When the lower half spins, the upper half will spin and the bat will work in and out of the hitting zone. When the lower half (back knee) drives toward the pitcher, the upper half (front shoulder) stays closed. If done properly, the back side naturally knocks the front side out of the way allowing the hands to work independent of the body. Nothing is more important than staying inside the ball, behind the ball and through the ball. This is an absolute of all good hitters and requires core training. For younger athletes, try these fun baseball drills indoors.

 

2.) Include Baseball Speed Training

Baseball Speed Training

Speed and quickness are important for both base running and running down balls on defense. On the field, enhance foot speed and body control by integrating ground and fly ball drills. To increase speed you will want to incorporate a lower body workout as well as resistance running drills into your weekly training regiment. Lateral Strength Exercises and Sliding Lateral Lunges are perfect. Performing exercises that improve your ability to maintain a tight core during running can have a tremendous impact on your sprinting speed. Make sure your routine emphasizes hip and glute activation. The hips and glutes are critical areas for increasing your speed.

 

3.) Maximize Batting Practice With Baseball Training Aids

Baseball Training Aids

The best thing you can do for your swing is to keep batting practice simple. Work on fine-tuning your swing mechanics during batting practice with fundamental hitting drills using baseball hitting trainers and tools like the LineDrivePro Trainer. The correct angle at which the bat/barrel enter the hitting zone is crucial to consistent hard contact. When line drives are launched up the middle using our baseball training aid, the hitter knows that the angle is correct. It’s as simple as that.

 

4.) Develop A Strength & Conditioning Training Plan

Baseball Training

To help make tough plays look easy at any position, concentrate on agility and upper body strength training. Plan and stick to a routine to make sure you’re hitting the gym at least 3 to 4 times a week. It’s no secret that the best players on the field are the first and last players in the gym. Segmenting your weekly workout schedule will help reduce boredom and allow you to rest certain major muscle groups without avoiding the gym. On the days when motivation is lacking, try to keep in mind that developing a routine over summer and sticking to it is your best opportunity for seeing serious improvement before next season.

26 Mar 2015

Baseball Hitting Aids Are The Best Coaches

Recently I went to the little league park just to sit, relax, and watch a baseball game. As I walked through the clover of baseball fields I heard a coach exclaim, “Johnny get your elbow up. Get it UP!” Then my attention was drawn to the baseball field on my left where I heard another coach yell to his player, “Get that elbow down. Get it DOWN!” This conflicting information got my wheels turning and I began to think about what we as coaches tell our kids. Again, I heard the voice of the first coach, “Son, you need to stay back.” and seconds later, “Be aggressive. Go get the ball,” rang out from the coach on the opposite field. I went to the park knowing that the team likely to win would be the one who made the fewest errors and I left thinking about the impact misinformation can have on a baseball player’s development.

So what message are we sending our kids who we expect to do well? We buy them fancy cleats, the big league glove, the magnetic wristband that is supposed to increases power. But where do we go to buy the right information to help our kids succeed in a very difficult sport? We can enroll them in expensive private lessons, with the hope that the instructor can connect with our hitter. After all, there is an abundance of individuals willing to sell their expertise to help your son or daughter become a better hitter. The problem lies in that anyone can offer private instruction, yet we are not all experts.

More frequently we rely on the advice that is most readily available, and often free, to our child. Being a dad and coach myself, I can say that most dads and coaches believe that their information is correct. If I read it in a book, saw it on YouTube, or heard other coaches give the same advice it must be true, right? Baseball is a sport that is such a part of our culture that overtime many aspects of the game have been simplified so that anyone can understand the basics. However, any player will tell you that baseball is anything but simple. It’s a tough sport to succeed at, only made harder by bad instruction provided with the best of intentions.

So how do parents with limited or no baseball experience help young athletes become the best players possible? Fortunately, effective baseball swing trainers and hitting tools are available to make hitters better and coaching simpler. The LineDrivePro Trainer has been quoted as being “ingenious, absolutely simple and effective.” We all know that good hitters manage to keep the barrel of the bat in the hitting zone, but how is this taught? How does a player know if his/her swing is good or not? How do they know that the drills they are working hard at are working to make them better? Unlike traditional tee practice which can inevitably promote swinging without a purpose, the Line Drive Pro Baseball Swing Trainer provides instant feedback so that your hitter can make beneficial adjustment to their baseball swing mechanics rather than reinforce bad hitting habits.

As a coach my goal is to guide a hitter to learn how to fire the baseball back at the pitcher. Again, this is often easier said than done and since instruction doesn’t always translate seamlessly into an intended action, The LineDrivePro Trainer was developed to takes the guesswork out of finding the right swing. The product is a cup that attaches to any bat that is designed to release a ball with the force of the hitter’s swing. If the hitter is able to fire the baseball up the middle then the bat was in the zone. If the hitter fires the baseball anywhere else during these fun baseball drills, the barrel did not work properly. It is the only baseball hitting aid that truly simplifies the tough process of developing good baseball swing mechanics to the point that all the hitter needs to do is consistently fire balls up the middle. Feel it. See It. Hear it. Keep doing what works and repeat. That’s it! Your hitter will quickly learn how to keep their barrel in the hitting zone and with continued use of the LineDrivePro Trainer they will develop the muscle memory to succeed at one of the hardest things to do in sports.

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