Coaches Corner

The Balance Bat Academy uses eccentric, isometric, and isokinetic (constant velocity of motion) muscle actions to train young hitters. Our goal is to teach and train young hitters to understand their body patterns as they are their best coaches. The following areas of focus guide our training process:

For 6 to 10 year olds the following should be considered:

  • Movement patterns – Physical limitations
  • Visual stimulation
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Reaction Time

At the age of 6 to 10, the initial preparation stage begins for players. This stage is more about developing athleticism and not baseball specific body patterns. Although, this is widely acceptable, Balance Hitting believes that baseball specific body patterns do neurology develop during this stage and should be integrated into the players program.

For 10 to 12 year olds the following should be considered:

  • Strength – Flexibility – Mobility
  • Endurance
  • Movement patterns
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Reaction Time

A readiness to learn is key to this stage of development. Players will begin to understand how their bodies perform certain task and therefore, begin to teach themselves how to maximize their potential with a skill or task. The concept of ‘repetition’ begins to be a focal point of the player’s development plan.

For 12 + year olds the following should be considered

  • Absolute Strength
  • Absolute Speed
  • Flexibility & Balance
  • Spatial Awareness & Responsibility

At 12 + years old, the player body system must engage in more complex stimulus to achieve great goals. When the players, body begins to adapt to increase volume and loads the players overall skill specific patterns fine-tune and become innate. An increase in baseball specific achievements do correlate with the players motor abilities.

Balance Hitting has a simple approach; to run faster, then run faster; to throw far, then throw far; to swing faster, then swing faster. Balance Hitting develops a players overall force production by training ground reaction force. Such training will improve a player’s vertical leap, broad jump distance, hip and shoulder mobility, and hip and shoulder separation.

 

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