Elite 80 Pro Hitter Report
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Stance & Load
Stance is the full body position the hitter sets up in the batter’s box, feet positioning, body balance, hands positioning, weight distribution and how the hitter prepares to start the load of the swing. "Loading" is where the hitter starts their weight shift towards their back leg for power and quickness in the swing. The Loading of the hands should be small, quiet and diagonally upward which creates rhythm and proper timing to start the swing. The barrel of the bat MUST be controlled with the knob of the bat pointed to the catcher's feet.
Stride & Direction
BELOW AVERAGE PLUS
A hitter's Stride is where the hitter lifts their front foot up off the ground and sets back down either in the same place or slightly in front of the original position to create momentum to hit for power. The Stride should be small, and directly towards the pitcher to increase power and a proper swing path to the ball. Coaches like to see hitters "Stay Back" in the Stride position with their weight being slightly behind their center line or 60% on their back leg.
Stay Back & Momentum
Having good Backside Drive is where a hitter keeps their weight back or centered between their feet at the start of their swing. When the front heel strikes after striding, the hitter will push their weight forward from the backside towards the pitcher approximately 3" starting their swing. The head, back hip and back knee should be stacked on top of one another with the main focus of loading up the back hip and leg to provide maximum power. The hips should stay closed in this movement which promotes good Backside Drive resulting in a powerful hit.
Swing-Contact & Finish
The hitters' Swing Path is how the bat moves through the strike or hitting zone. The hitter should have a level or flat lifting barrel path as the barrel of the bat enters the back of the zone and works its way to impact similar to an airplane taking off the ground. The Swing path needs to be more linear than rotational in this phase which allows for more plate coverage and better opportunity to hit the softball. Keeping the barrel in the hit zone longer gives the hitter a chance to drive the ball where it is pitched.
The hitter's Overall Swing Aggressiveness is very important to keep track of and something each hitter should have every swing they take in practice or in a game. The level of aggressiveness will vary depending on whether the hitter is working on a particular part of their swing training in practice, but that level of aggressiveness should remain the same or be higher than normal in most cases. An aggressive hitter is fun to watch, swings hard every time, and does not get cheated at the plate. An aggressive hitter in practice gets their work done, swings with a purpose every-time to better their swing and learns more about what they can do as a hitter. The key is to have a grade of “Plus” or higher in this category. Stay Aggressive!
Bat wraps behind head during loading. Biggest flaw is too much of a lunge and shift forward leading to a backward tilt of upper body during contact. Strong kid!
DI/All-American/Pro Standout. Your swing is OUTSTANDING and now it's all about the fine tuning and staying consistent throughout your baseball journey. Work hard to keep what you have! Great swing here!
DI/All-American/Pro Player. Excellent job here. You're on your way to OUTSTANDING. The main goal when working on your game is to have "PLUS" mechanics and not only did you accomplish that goal, but you have surpassed it. Now reach for the Gold, and keep working hard on your game to achieve ultimate greatness in achieving all "8's", a Perfect Score!
College and possibly Pro Potential. In the MLB Scouting world, they call this "Above Average" or a "Plus" swing. Nice job in putting a very nice-looking swing together here. There are obviously always things you can do to improve, so pay attention to the videos that are recommended here to help your swing advance. Great job here!
High School Player/College Potential. Very nice-looking swing. It's good to know as a player that you have a nice AVERAGE swing, but there are pieces here in your swing that can improve, so work hard and focus on the areas of your swing here that have been identified that are not well above average (6+). Watch and learn from the videos attached and work hard. You can do this!
Middle School, High School Player. You have some really good qualities in your swing, and then there are areas that you need to improve in so pay attention to the videos that are recommended for you to watch and learn from, and go out and practice what you are being taught. I know you can improve here from BELOW AVERAGE with hard work, and believe you can achieve anything!
Middle School Recreational/JV,Freshman High School Player. Looks like there are some good things happening and there are categories in your BELOW AVERAGE MINUS swing we need to improve on to help you be the hitter you want to be. Take one category of your swing at a time, watch the video, and then go out and practice hard for a few days on that "one" piece of your swing. Keep things simple here and only work on the one part of your swing to make it better. Then move on to the next category and video and do the same thing. Practice that one thing you're working on in your tee work or batting practice. Don't get caught up in working on multiple areas in one batting practice session. One thing at a time. Move down your list in your scouting report here and practice-practice-practice. Your hard work will pay off!
Recreational Player. So, we have some work to do to climb out of the POOR category here and begin your journey to get better. The best way to get better in anything you do in life is to understand what you need to work on and accept that you need to work hard to get better. So, let’s get better. Take it one category at a time and watch and learn from the video in each category, and then go out and practice that one lesson and part of your swing one category or part at a time until you feel like you've mastered it. Rome wasn't built in a day, so realize that your swing will not just magically be great overnight. Takes time and practice to perfect it. I believe in you and so I want you to believe in yourself. You can do this!