No Stride Tee

Tech in Baseball
Presented with Diamond Kinetics

Skill Set: Hitting
Difficulty Level: Easy
Number of Athletes and Coaches: 1-2 athletes and 1 coach, or 2 athletes as partners
Average Time to Complete: 5 minutes
Equipment Required: Bat, tee, baseballs, net or screen to hit into

Goal: Focus on staying balanced through the entire swing and after the follow through

Description of the Drill: 
• Tee set up in front of the middle of the plate
• Hitter sets up even with the plate, and takes a practice swing with a stride, this is the position they should stay in for the rest of the drill
• Other partner puts a ball on the tee and hitter hits the ball off the tee WITHOUT striding again
• Hitter should be focused on staying balanced throughout the entire swing and after the follow through
• Partners switch after 10 swings

Add Difficulty:
• To add a degree of difficulty, one of the partners can stand on the other side of the plate facing their partner and throw side toss for their partner to hit while still not striding
• The partner can also throw front toss from behind a screen to their partner still not striding
• The hitter can also move the tee to different contact points (inside, middle, outside) 

Using Diamond Kinetics SwingTracker Sensor and mobile App - the following metrics and tools can help you measure your swing and see improvement when doing this drill:

Hand Cast Distance
Overview: Using the Distance in the Zone metric, hitters can determine when their barrel is entering and leaving the hitting zone.  The longer the barrel stays in the hitting zone, the better chance the player has to make consistent, solid contact.  This is clearly depicted in the 3D viewer as the blue portion of the swing path.

Optimal Ranges by Age:
• U10-14: Good is 29-32 inches
• U15-18: Good is 31-34 inches
• College-Pro: Good is 33-37 inches

Coaching Insights:
• Having a swing that maintains a good Distance in The Zone gives the batter a better chance of making contact with the pitch. It also means the swing is “more forgiving” 
• Having a good Distance In The Zone can account for small errors in timing because there is more “space” for the batter to make contact and still put the ball in play.
• This metric can help coaches identify loopy swings based on how early the barrel enters the zone and if there is a ‘hard-turn’ coming out of the zone.
• Additionally, based on where contact is most often made, it can help identify if a hitter is having issues with timing up the pitch.

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