Hey how’s it going? We’re gonna talk
about youth baseball hitting mechanics today and this is very important because
as coaches we need to be able to communicate with our players in a very
understandable way how to use these swing mechanics and implement them into
their swing so they can have success. Now, as coaches, sometimes we do too much
and I really want to break down the big ideas and the fundamentals in this video
so your players can have a lot of success when they’re hitting but before
we get into the video I want to say thank you to Big League Grips for
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youth baseball hitting mechanics the first thing we want to think about is
the stance right now I see a lot of players they want to start open with
their stance a lot of guys want to start close with their stance and really I
don’t have a concern with either one of these typically when you start open guys
who start open usually have a hard time seeing the ball or they when they start
close they open up with their front foot so coaches like to implement this to get
them to start moving towards the ball that’s a great idea
same thing for being closed some guys fly open so some coaches think let’s
start them closed so when they do open up it’s not as much
okay you got to play around with that one and see which one works okay so I
don’t really have any issues with either one of them and it can be different for
every single player but the number one thing the main thing when it comes to
youth baseball hitting mechanics in the stance is that you have to be athletic
what I see too many times is the players being really tall or you know and not
having any bend in their knee whether they’re open or closed or they’re kind
of just real narrow with their feet and standing here like this we don’t want
that at all so whether they’re open or closed I want them to be athletic be
athletic okay have that data but out that that chest out
knees bent okay you want to be athletic tell them to think about it as if they
were playing basketball defense or something like that or being a
linebacker in football they want to be athletic you could try to even
push them when they get set up have them get set up and give them a little push
to see if they’re off balance right you want to make sure that they’re on
balance they’re strong they’re athletic they’re ready to swing because that’s an
important part of the baseball swing which brings me to my second point which
is setting a body angle and this just means that we want to have them create
an angle to swing around their spine so that means having their chest tilted
over a little bit now this goes in to tip number one because that puts us into
an athletic stance right we want to have our chest over our toes if we’re sitting
back like this we’re not athletic we’re on our heels right we want to be
athletic we want to be on the balls of our feet so when we tilt this chest
forward not only are we being more athletic in our stance but we’re also
creating an angle around our spine to swing around right so now my spine is at
an angle this way right so when I’m swinging I can get on playing with that
pitch a little bit better if I’m standing straight up my spine is
straight up and down and I go to swing I’m gonna have a very level swing and I
don’t want that a lot of lot of times those guys get really rotational the bat
gets away from their body they get around the ball they roll over and
they’re hitting weak ground balls if they’re hitting anything at all so be
athletic set the body angle chest over toes and have that angle within your
spine to swing around to get better contact and hit more line drives the
last thing I want to mention about body angle is you’ll see a lot of MLB guys
starting straight up and down but as they get into their stride then they’re
getting that into that angle as youth players let’s just preset that angle
right away so we have less room for error okay again we’re not MLB players
just yet so we want to work on making this movement simpler getting the
feeling of it so we can have a lot of success then as you get older when you
get into high school college professional baseball if you want to
start more erect and then get into your body angle that’s totally fine but for
youth let’s start preset with a good body angle so the third thing you want
to think about when we’re talking about youth baseball hitting mechanics is
knocking the knees in okay so we talked about being athletic setting the body
angle but now we want to knock the knees and one thing I see guys do who are even
in a good let extense they’re bent at than these
but they’re stacked their knees are stacked over their feet and we don’t
want that because baseball is not only rotational energy but we also got to
have some drive some linear energy some drive off of that back leg and if our
knees are stacked over our feet it’s hard to do that so what we want to do is
just have our players knock their knees in just a little bit we don’t want them
to force them in too much where they’re like really squeezing in but just get
them to their natural stance here good and athletic create the body angle and
then wherever they’re at just have knock the knees in just a tiny bit this way
it’s easier for them to create that linear energy and create that ground
force from the back through their swing so they get more energy more power and
they’re hitting more balls hard the fourth tip for youth baseball hitting
mechanics is that for the stride and the stride is a tough one because young
players sometimes don’t have control of their body we want to start small and
then get bigger with our stride over time and as we get better okay so if we
got a guy who’s not swinging that great and he’s really struggling we want to
keep his stride very minimal okay maybe it’s just a rock and a go okay maybe
we’re not even picking that foot up and down these have having way too much
trouble timing the ball maybe we start with a very simplified stride okay maybe
just a toe top and get down and go okay now as the guys get better they have a
better understanding of their body they’re having better timing they’re
having better movement better mechanics then we can get a little bit more with
the stride the next phase of the stride I would say is to lift it up and gain a
little bit of ground going forward okay that will be the second progression of
the stride if the players doing well after that we can go into a modified leg
lift which is just lifting it up a little bit and get going forward and
then the last thing will be your regular leg lift stride where you’re here you’re
lifting that leg up and drive it forward now that is the most advanced of these
strides and I wouldn’t implement that with any players who aren’t fully
comfortable with their mechanics their movements and already having a ton of
success so start basic and then as the player develops you can progress them to
the next ride to the next ride to the next ride as long as they’re having
sess in the one previous before that tip number five for youth baseball hitting
mechanics is to get on plane with the pitch now this one’s very debated topic
right your a lot of coaches say swing down to the ball you hear a lot of
coaches say turn the barrel get on on underneath that ball hit the ball up in
the air get some good launch angle the main thing is you want to get on playing
with the ball okay if you want to hit line drives you want to hit that ball
back where it’s coming from right the pitcher is going to be throwing the ball
on a slightly downward angle we want to swing on that slightly upward angle now
if we set our body angle we create that axis with our spine to swing around we
don’t really have to swing on that slight upward angle right I said slight
upward angle but if we create this axis we’re actually doing that ourselves
because now we’re swinging down it feels like we’re swinging down we’re actually
swinging around our axis on plane boom we hit that ball now it feels like I’m
coming upward but because I set that body angle I’ve got this angle here
where my bat is coming up because my spine is this way does that make sense
so if we set our body angle we’re gonna be able to get on clean with the pitch a
lot better and we’re gonna hit more line drives so being able to communicate this
with the player is the hard part okay makes sense to us coaches but to
communicate that with the player is a tough one so really stick with the body
angle and tell them to get on playing with the pitch when they can see a
visual of that pitch coming in and having their bat go on that same plane
and hitting line drives they’re gonna be a lot more successful so try to
communicate this as best you can I usually just start with talking about
body angle we’re setting your spine so that you can be an athletic position
once they get that typically the swing takes care of itself so start there and
then you can elaborate depending on how well the player is understanding what
you’re saying the sixth tip for baseball youth hitting mechanics is to keep your
body angle throughout the whole swing so that you don’t pull off what I’ll see a
lot is players will start good and athletic and they go to swing in the
first movement is coming off that body angle and they come straight up their
spine comes straight up shoulder pulls out sometimes their head pulls out and
then they’re long and around the ball so we want to start with a good body angle
but we also finish with a good body angle a good
finish should look like this boom contact and then finish I should
still have a little bit of a tilt over the plate I should have kept that spine
angle I should be almost leaning over the plate this way sometimes you’ll see
young players when they swing if they create a lot of rotational energy this
back foot will actually come this way that’s okay I tell my guys the only way
I want to see you fall off balance if anywhere is this way I don’t want you to
be going forward I don’t definitely don’t want you to be
going this way or going this way so if they come off a little bit this way that
usually just tells me that they’re keeping a good body angle and they’ve
got good rotational energy because what happens is this back kind of pulls them
out and then that back foot kind of pulls them over the plate which is okay
so just remember when we’re setting that body angle we’re trying to keep that
body angle through the whole swing tip number seven for youth baseball hitting
mechanics is to not be a robot right now we talked about a lot we talked about a
lot of mechanics different movements in the swing and this can be overwhelming
to these youth athletes when we put it on them so start slow when you’re
explaining it to them and then give them something new over time over the course
of the season to work on okay development is a slow process if we give
them too much sometimes they’re gonna be like robots they’re gonna be thinking
too much and they’re gonna be real stiff and then it’s like okay aesthetic here
we go and throw the hand oh and it just looks horrible right we can’t overwhelm
them if they got too much information in their head their swing is gonna shut
down so work on one thing at a time even though you see something like you tell
them to work on something and you see something else let’s try to stay away
from giving them that piece to work on until we’ve fixed the main thing so
maybe just start with this dance right just start with the stance gettin
athletic knees knocked in boom those three things work on it until he gets it
then we can work on some of the other things if he’s pulling off of that body
angle fly and open whatever it is because the last thing we want is our
guys to be like robots up there we don’t want them being real short real tight
and having bad swings of course a swing is supposed to be very fluid have good
momentum have good movement in our bodies and that’s what we’re trying to
incorporate with these young players again the hardest part for us coaches is
communicating this we understand this you see it I’m
explaining it to you and I’m sure you’ve already heard this and you already
understand it the issue comes when we try to implement it and we know so much
now that we’re trying to give these players all of that information and then
we just overwhelm them so start slow use these fundamentals these youth baseball
hitting mechanics and give them a piece at a time build them up slowly develop
them slowly they’ve got a long time they’re young so they’ve got a long time
to develop and just get them motivated to really want more information from you
so they could work on it and keep getting better over time that’s what it
comes down to for youth baseball hitting mechanics I hope you guys like this
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  1. 📍Subscribe now for more baseball tips that will explode your game on the field!

  2. Hey coach can you do a video for throwing over the top as a pitcher my little brother is 14 and he short arms the ball and throws from the side.

  3. Can I have one of the grips plz it would help me by teaching me where to put my hands on the bat and also how to chock up on the bat because most I'm chocking up too much or I'm not chocking up at all. So it would help out my swing a lot. Thanks

  4. Great video and the big league grip seems like a great product.. Feel free to send one my way and I'll put it to good use with my baseball and softball kids.

  5. Thanks John great vid! I would use the grip for my 11year old son. He’s transitioning from golf to baseball and as you know the grip is a bit different. Using the grip tool will be one less thing to remind him about during bp

  6. Legend has it that if Coach John pins this comment everyone in the comment section will hit a homerun in their next at bat.

  7. We would use this grip for our girls club softball team . Would be a great idea to introduce this grip to the girls fastpitch scene.

  8. This video is good, but I think the kids would need to have at least a mediocre stance for this advice to work. We have about eight kids who stand stick straight and I can't seem to get them to bend their knees for anything. I can get a few of them to get semi-athletic by saying "bounce bounce" to them right before they receive a pitch, but I would have to keep saying it over and over every pitch. I'm coaching kid-pitch 10U. Any advice?

  9. I would use this grip to help my boys and a couple of the girls learn to get their hands in the right position to give them the best chance to succeed.

  10. 10:51 Al Cowlings and O.J. driving by to get a look at your new bat grip!

    I would use it for the high school baseball team I help coach. Thanks for all your great videos!

  11. A 14u travel ball team is struggling hitting the ball… I would love to have this to get them back to basics and focus on fundamentals!

  12. Id give the big league grip to my son hes 10 and this is his first year playing thanks for the opportunity. I watch your videos they're great and now having my son watch them also

  13. I need a few of those big league grips. We took a team who won 1 game out of 40 plus games. Turn their attitude about hitting around and went from single a to AAA in two years. Watching alot of your mechanics in hitting. Thanks for the videos

  14. hey coach, i have a question and i would really like you to tell me if this is a bad thing, a good thing, or just weird. but the way i pitch includes both over hand about three quarters arm slot and i throw a little bit under the normal side arm, meaning i change the way i throw almost every pitch, depending on what the count is and stuff like that. when i throw more side arm, my cutter and slider have more movement, meanwhile my over hand has better curve ball and sinker movement, but my coach has been telling me that i should just stay with one wind up, although my arm never really hurts and im doing well against the batter, they just really have a harder time adjusting to however it throw. and i would really appreciate it if you could tell me i should stick with this, or just stay with one or the other. please tell me if you have any questions, thanks!

  15. Great video and good tips. I'd use the grip for my son's team practice. Maybe they won't look like the bad news bears after practicing with the grip and using your tips!

  16. Coach i hyper extended my elbow and its been a year of rest and my elbow hurts when i trow i've gone to physical therapy and nothing. Any advice? Thanks love you r vids!

  17. I would use it help our team improve there their grip technique. To help them to continue to grow to their full potential.

  18. First year coach here and I use your videos for advice daily. Also watch some of the other guys you have collaborated with found them on your channel. Big league grip would be great for the few kids on the team struggling with proper grip and my son included. He likes to open up and I just started getting him to start closed off so when he does take that stride he doesn’t open up as much. Thanks for the videos much appreciated

  19. Thanks Coach! Awesome help and hints for coaches and parents around the world! This helps a lot of coaches! I do truly believe mechanics is the root of a good swing.

    If I were to win the contest I would have my team to use it with our Easton thunderstruck drills. This should help with correcting their grip while improving their tracking skills. Kills 2 birds with 1 stone!

  20. I have coached youth ball for many years… AND … in training them , it does take a youth approach mentality in order to share a coaches knowledge successfully .  You have a great understanding of the process. Thanks for sharing . The grip looks like a great training tool to add to the tool box in order to teach the fundamentals of the swing. Keep up the good work.

  21. I'd use the BigLeagueGrip at our little league group practices (since we only have few teams). That way we could see how many of these kids have proper grip, then show them this video to start helping batting stance. ⚾️👍

  22. We need something like that grip in our 8-10 yrs old instructional league one less this to worry about when teaching the kids to hit

  23. Great tips here! I’m trying so fix my 11 year old daughter’s softball swing. She gets so frustrated with me that I can’t explain to her in an understandable way that she needs to be palm up palm down at point of contact. I’ll also have her subscribe and watch your videos 😉 Thanks for the great info!

  24. I was actually just out earlier today teaching these same exact things to my 7 year old son and a couple of his teammates. Would love to be able to use that big league grip to help emphasize the palm up palm down as they get their bats through the zone. Keep up the videos coach. Love the content.

  25. I'm coaching minors in little league and all of them are new and pretty raw with their swing mechanics. I would use that grip trainer to lock in the basic fundamentals.

  26. Man, I need you to come help my kid swing a bat. He's so stiff and robotic…and like most kids just doesn't want to listen to dad.

  27. Love the videos, really helping me work with my son on the hitting mechanics. Anything to help him become a better ball player.

  28. Another great video Coach John! I'm the head coach of a 9/10 yr old team, and your videos have been very helpful to me.
    I'm a little confused about the role of the hands in the swing. Am I supposed to snap my wrists at impact? Or is that something that should happen naturally? Thanks!

  29. I would use this for my 12 year old son. He has been struggling at the plate and one thing Ive noticed is he is gripping the bat so deep into his hands he has no flexibility in the bat. This grip would be perfect as he has middle school tryouts at the end of the month. Love the vids coach

  30. I would love to try that grip on my youngest son who is struggling in his first year of kid pitch. Thanks!

  31. Would use the grip for my son who is finishing up his rec baseball play and moving into summer practice prior to travel ball start

  32. I love this video and would use the big league grip to help my 11 year old get his grip more consistent.

  33. Great video and information. Feel free to send a Big League Grips my way so I can continue to develop my son and his teammates on proper hitting mechanics and grip.

  34. Love the video. I would use the big league grip to help my little league team improve their grip during BP

  35. Great stuff coach, I would use it to reinforce my conversation with my 11AA team about what I called grip the bat in your finger pits , which I believe is what that product produces. Love the channel

  36. I would use the Big League Grip to reinforce how important it is to always go back to the basics when you find yourself struggling in areas that you previously excelled. My son is currently a freshman. He made his varsity team. He has played competitive/travel ball since he was 7 yrs old. We have played on the best teams in our area and at the highest level. Perfect Game etc. He has always hit in the 3/4 hole for every team. This year he struggled. Due to such high expectations, in my opinion, he was trying to do too much. IF THE HANDS ARE NOT RIGHT YOU WILL NOT SUCCEED AT HITTING.

  37. Thanks for the video – this really helps for working with the real young ones – I coach my twin 4 yr olds in t-ball and my 10 year old in kid pitch and having each section broken down really helps – oh and the bat grip wouldn't hurt 🙂

  38. Great video. Like the way you go into detail about how to implement it with younger players. Always looking for good tips for my 6 yr old son. Would be good to see if that grip helps any.

  39. My Grand son had been tearing the cover off the ball this year.He was hitting like .800 with lots of home runs.His last 2 games he had hit the ball but they were weak hits.
    I took him to the field and we hit off the tee.That is when I notice he was not standing like he usally does..with his butt out and bent over.As soon as I gt him into the right stance
    he drove the ball hard and far. Thanks for validing that I was correct about his tsance.

  40. I would use the Big League Grips with my Little League Minors players. Routinely getting palm up palm down is the unicorn of hitting

  41. Great video!!!! Thank you for posting these to help us Dad/coaches to help our teams on things that the kids struggle with. Great points in here and will definitely be implementing these to our team. We could definitely use that grip to help our kids work on there timing for their swings!

  42. I coach Pony League baseball. I think your videos are great. We were in the cage today doing soft toss and full bp. One of my young 12 year olds is having an issue with what you refer to as an athletic stance. Everything in this video was perfect for his situation. I can't wait until next bp to implement this. I would love to mix in the grip also. Thank you, John.

  43. Very good video. Working with our 11u team a lot on their hitting and all around fundamentals.
    Never realized how much you pick up over the years playing until I started coaching and explaining the little things.

  44. Well done. Please pay attention to last 2 mins "development takes time" & "no robots" – in most cases when is more important than how you coach'em up.

  45. I'm always looking to get my two boys and daughter something to help them with there swing. There grip with there little hands is something that is always challenging. But I'm always skeptical about buying something and it doesn't work. So if you are giving away a grip and it works the way you say it does. I would love to implement in my kids batting practices. Thanks for great Vid. Heading to cages to to work on it now.

  46. #7 gets my vote as the best overall tip… piecemeal all this great info to the kids. I've never focussed much on grip, but that tool looks interesting and I'd use it to change up hitting practice for the kids… Introduce something new.

  47. How long on each step should not only coaches but us as parents who are working with our little leaguer work on them so they don't get bored or tired from doing?

  48. Hey Jhon let me congratulate you on this work , excellent , to me personally you and Matt Antonelli are the two guys with more knowledge, wish I can have the chance to spent a baseball hitting Clinic with both of you , I played minor leagues for Colorado rookies , and Phillis, now I transfer all my knowledge to my son , who I believe can make it. Thanks and make god and the universe to keep helping players .

  49. Thanks for the video! Definitely will use this to help my little one bat. He would love the grips as well. Your coaching is appreciated.

  50. I would really like a big league grip to work with my high school prep and my 10u travel ball team. I think this week help some of my players with their swing. Thank you for the hitting mechanics video. Very helpful.

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