Baseball And Softball Players Tips When Going To Your Local Batting Cages
It’s important for youth players to use the batting cages correctly and having adequate instruction is necessary. To get the most out of the batting cages and when possible, coaches should do some of the following to make it more on-the-field like and exciting for the hitters.
- Baseball and Softball players should wear helmets and face mask protection for live batting practice and even for short flipped balls in cages. Ricochet balls off nearby poles or the top net can still do damage to a player’s face and head.
- Live batting practice pitches should be thrown from the same distance as batters face in games. Because of the increased length, that is difficult for teenage and high school-aged players. When coaches cannot throw that far, they should throw from a close range but not “fire” balls because that can throw the batter’s timing off.
- Baseball and Softball coaches should set a marker down for the first and third base line, so players know what fair, and foul balls are. It’s good to know whether balls would be in-play or foul in the cages too and that can be difficult without designations with the nets.
- When taking short flips and practicing with a batting tee, batters should hit the whole length of the cage instead of hitting balls into nets from a short distance. Seeing the ball flight and trajectory is imperative. Many hits that appear to be struck solidly from a short distance may not be that when examined over a more extended range.
- Targets on the cages to show line drive areas and to make practice more fun is a good idea. Little hitting contests are easy to have with targeted regions in the cages.
- Baseball and Softball coaches can also off-center the protective screen when flipping from behind it so balls can fly to the back of the cages. This technique can also help players stay in on the ball when it comes from their closed side and mimic a curve ball when it comes from an angle from that side.
- Batting cage nets can be used for some hitting drills, too. For example, coaches can have them stand belly button away from them before swinging to help them from casting the bat out.
Batting Cages and Training Facilities in The Phoenix Metro Area
Batting Cages in Chandler, AZ
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Batting Cages in Mesa, AZ
- D-Bat Mesa Batting Cages Arizona
- Extra Innings East Valley Mesa, AZ
- Home Run Stadium Batting Cages Mesa, AZ
Batting Cages in Peoria, AZ
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Batting Cages in Tempe, AZ
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