What are the hitting philosophies you teach your players? How did you come to embrace those philosophies? And what evidence do you have to support your philosophies? Josh Rodrigues, assistant coach at Salve Regina University, talks about modern hitting philosophies that's backed by stats and research. This is Part 1 of a two-part series.
Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about how to help kids get over being afraid of being hit by the ball. And find out how to win YBE swag (hint: listen to YBE Session #100)!
In this 39-minute episode, you'll learn:
- why Josh wants to challenge the baseball coaching instruction status quo
- five incorrect coaching cues Josh learned when he was younger
- how Josh realized that what he had learned was incorrect
- three things Josh believes that most people think are crazy
- why Josh believes bunting should never be done
- the value of practice time spent on situational hitting
- the state of hitting instruction today
- what should be the focus of hitting instruction today, whether tee ball or high school
- where teaching mechanics fall in the priority list of hitting instruction
- whether kids should swing up, swing level or swing down
- how coaches can discuss with parents who have a different opinion on bat path
- whether anyone can eventually be a home run hitter
Links mentioned in this episode:
- YBE 018: Helping Kids With The Mental Game with Justin Su'a
- Baseball Between The Numbers book by Baseball Prospectus
- Extra Innings: More Baseball Between The Numbers book by Baseball Prospectus
- The Book: Playing The Percentages In Baseball book by Tom Tango
- Justin Stone's EliteBaseball.tv
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