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Old 01-31-2011, 03:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do you teach a 7 year old to swing through a ball and to swing hard. We have been working with our kids this winter and inside they do good but we took them outside and the majority of them would either not swing hard or stop their bat when they made contact with the ball. What do some of you coaches do to overcome this?
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Old 01-31-2011, 03:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We teach a lot of 7 yr olds throughout the year. The key is to educate the parents and change the expectations for the 7 yr. Meaning that getting the technique over the result of hitting is key. Great topic though. Our website kind of addresses this topic. Best of luck to you.
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I 2nd the to the forum. And I hope some coaches see your post to help you out!
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Show them videos of how to hit and try to demonstrate as much as you can. There only 7 so cut them a little slack. Welcome to the forum.
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I have a video on Rotational hitting and we have had one of the local Middle School baseball coaches working with a few of the kids and us coaches so we are all learning but just don't know how to teach them to swing the bat fast and not stopit. Does anybody have any drills or that could be used with 7 year olds that are fun. As far as getting them all together and watching the video I don't think that will work with a bunch of 6 & 7 year old boys.

And their form looks great indoors but outside on some dirt it was like they forgot everything.
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Practice makes perfect! I remember when I played little league they made us practice drills until they were tattooed in our brains and mechanics.
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Maybe get set up a tee ball stand and put a ball on it. Then just get behind them and show them the proper technique and let them practice. It will give them something to aim at and you can watch and give them advice on it as well.
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Hey man, I'm happy to help. I've actually made a product that goes into more detail on how to become a better hitter. It's got lots of great tips and it will help your son. Dynamite Hitting - How To Become A Better Hitter - Baseball Hitting
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I think you have to make sure that all the 6 and 7 year olds are using the proper size and weight bat first. Use the formula: height/4 + 4 (example: 50 inch kid would need no more than a 16.5oz bat). Then, like others have posted, practice the individual points of the rotation. Depending on which theory you subscribe to, there are 6 to 8 points of the hitting rotation. Once the mechanics are down it will be easier to put that into use in finding the sweetspot with a full swing.
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