Batting Stance Tips
Start With The Feet
The foundation of a solid youth baseball batting stance starts with the feet. The feet should never be less than shoulder width apart. In fact, they should be wider than the shoulders. Balance is the key. When an athlete's feet starts less than shoulder width apart balance becomes a problem. When a basketball player guards another player, the feet are always wider than the shoulders. When a linebacker in football takes his stance, his feet are wider than his shoulders. The athletic position in almost every sport starts with the feet wider than the shoulders.
Bend The Knees
With the knees bent and the chest-over-knees, the youth baseball hitter will be in a strong, balanced position. Keep the knees bent during the load so that balance will be maintained during the transition of swing.
As mentioned earlier, it is important to be in a "chest-over-knees" position with the upper body. This will insure that the youth batter will be on the "balls of the feet" during the transition phase of the swing. If a hitter starts the swing with the weight on the heels, it will usually cause the hitter to open the front-side too soon.
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