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My son can't hit off a kid pitch. Why?

Anonymous asked:My son can hit off the coach pitch but not kid pitch. He is 8 loves, the game but is getting aggravated at not being able to hit. Help!


Rick answered: Thank you for your question.

It is not unusual that kids have trouble hitting as they make the transition from coach pitch to kid pitch.

Quite often the problem is one of being afraid of getting hit with the pitch.

There is a safety factor built into tee ball and then coach pitch. Players can get comfortable and just enjoy swinging the bat. Chances are they will never get hit at those levels.

They step up to kid pitch and the first thing they notice is the pitchers do not throw many strikes. Generally speaking, if a player is pitching at this level, he is bigger and stronger than most of the others and has the "best arm" in the group.

Now the possibility of getting hit with a pitch becomes a reality. Players often start their swing by stepping away from the plate, or even backing up as the ball is thrown.

Many just stop swinging entirely as they focus on being able to get out of the way.

If that is occuring to your son, the best place to start is to teach him the correct way to get out of the way, or to absorb the inevitable ball that comes at him.

I have a page on my site,fear of being hit. It is a process for providing the player with a way to keep from getting hit, or at least minimize the hit they cannot get away from.

It takes time and patience; but eventually they gain confidence once they feel they have a plan for dealing with this situation.

Getting hit with a ball, whether in the batter's box, or fielding, happens as a part of the game. Correct fundamentals for how to deal with the situation allow players to move forward and concentrate on seeing the ball and hitting it, rather than whether they will get hit or not.

If fear of being hit doesn't seem to be the problem, then it is most certainly mechanical at age 8. Most times things such as stepping in the bucket, which causes their front shoulder and head to come out, making it so they do not track the pitch. The barrel of the bat drops down and creates a long, looping swing. If they do make contact, generally it is a pop up or fly ball.

Hard to say definitively without seeing him in action. Those are some things to look for.

Correction for the above is to get him stepping to his power position as the pitcher is loading to his power position to throw. That way he can step online, sraight at the pitcher.

Good luck as you move forward. It is an exciting time for both you and your son. You are building memories.

Yours in baseball,

Rick

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Jun 17, 2016
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by: Anonymous

my grandson made the a team in his age group (8 years old) hit home runs and played short stop.. on this team they never gave him a chance to try out for short instead put him catcher... he also cannot hit coach pit.. never backs away..i grandfather also coaches but favors his other grandson--same age--could this be a factor in him playing..

Jan 11, 2015
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Transition from coach to kids pitch
by: Anonymous

My son is seven and he is the best hitter in the team when it comes to coach pitching. However when we play kids pitch he strikes out a lot. Maybe its because he plays against nine and ten year olds. I believe they should stick to playing kids their own age while making the transition.

Jan 11, 2015
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Transition from coach to kids pitch
by: Anonymous

My son is seven and he is the best hitter in the team when it comes to coach pitching. However when we play kids pitch he strikes out a lot. Maybe its because he plays against nine and ten year olds. I believe they should stick to playing kids their own age while making the transition.

Jun 19, 2013
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son having trouble in kid pitch
by: Anonymous

My son is having a little trouble batting against other kids. He does great with coaches or myself pitching but struggles a little vs kids? His swing doesnt change, he doesnt show any signs of being afraid of the ball either. Im wondering if it has anything to do with the delivery and flight of the ball when a kid pitches vs adult pitching? He is only 6 and playing with 8 year olds, the kids dont throw as hard as i pitch to him at times also? Not sure what the issue is. Nerves?

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