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Pregame hitting routine for 10-11 year olds

What is your pregame hitting routine and Why?  Weighted balls, Soft Toss into net Wiffle balls any other ideas.

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Comment by Michael Paes on March 24, 2014 at 12:28pm

All you are looking to do is groove swing technique and get them focused and positive.

What I used to do is soft toss from the side, and have them hit the ball out into the field, where players would field them and toss in.  Focus on form - put some colored stripes on some balls and have them call out the color to make sure they have their eyes focused.  About a dozen swings each.

Gets them loose, gets them working on form (weight shift, etc.), keeps everyone interested and involved, and gets a full team done in about 15 minutes, and you can start with the early arrivers - when they are done they can go back to the dugout and get ready for infield.

Comment by Todd VanDerwerken on March 24, 2014 at 1:07pm

We are a 10U team and start with tee work into a net with normal baseballs focusing on mechanics. 

Then we move to front toss with wiffle balls, still focusing on mechanics and tracking the ball in. 

Then to a “normal” BP with wiffle balls to put it all together; on the front toss and BP we have the other kids w/o their gloves on tracking the fly balls; so it serves two purposes.

 

Comment by Aaron Reed on March 24, 2014 at 6:03pm

I always enjoyed a good game of pepper before games. I started around age 10 and used it through 18. Groups of 2-4 players; Find a spot on the field, toss the ball over hand at the batter and batter is to hit the ball back at the guys on the ground. (this is contact, not full swing, fielders are only 20-40 ft away)

Batter misses, thrower swaps with batter.
Batter hits ball in the air and it is caught, batter changes places with person who caught the ball

It's not a so called "hitting routine" but burns muscle memory of hand-eye coordination for contact and also fielding at the same time. Best thing it does is it keeps them moving and thinking about baseball. They have no clue they are practice while doing this.

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