A Valuable tool to a coach and instructor
The score book can tell you a lot when it comes to mechanical flaws
of hitters. However, you may need to dig a little deeper than just
totaling up hits, runs, RBI'S and stolen bases. Instead, put more
emphasis on the at-bats that resulted in an out. Below, I have broken
down how a coach, parent and instructor can use the information
provided in the score book to make your child/player a better hitter.
Whether you are aware of it or not, you have all information needed to make your
corrections with each of your players, right at your finger tips. Set aside an extra
half hour after each game and look a little deeper into your score book. After you
have completed your offensive totals in the columns provided, create your own
spreadsheet focusing on the outs. Share this information with your team at your
next practice. Set up hitting drills that will work on correcting flaws based on your
I know there are a number of you who keep a score book during your child's
games. The question is, WHY? Most likely, it's so that you can keep track of batting
average and determine how well he/she is performing compared with teammates.
That's all good but it is also limited. Suppose your child is ranking low amongst
team members? What did those statistics do other than provide your child with
news he/she probably already knew? Instead, focus on the outs, Learn to become
a student of the game and use this information productively. Provide your
son/daughter's coach or hitting instructor with this statistical data.
As a hitting instructor, this statistical information can be priceless!! However, your
hands are tied when it comes to possessing this information. My recommendation is
to provide the parents of your students with a spreadsheet that they can keep
throughout their child's season. Once a copy is in your hands, it is now your job to
analyze the data and determine what flaws are leading to these statistical results.
Now you can set up an individualized program for this individual.
WHAT STATS SHOULD YOU USE?
Here is a breakdown of the specific statistics that you may want to
* TOTAL OUTS
* % OF OUTS COMPARED TO TOTAL PLATE APPEARANCES
* % OF OUT FROM STRIKEOUTS
* % OF OUTS IN THE AIR
* % OF OUTS ON THE GROUND
* % OF OUTS TO THE PULL-SIDE
* % OF OUTS TO THE OPPOSITE FIELD
* % OF OUTS WITH TWO STRIKES
Imagine having an entire season's worth of this information!!
If you have any questions on how to apply this information to your teachings,
please feel free to email me at email@example.com