Illinois Hammerheads Baseball

Batspeed Program

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There are a lot of things you can do to try and create more batspeed.  For our program, we focus on a few stations throughout our practice sessions to help give our players more batspeed.  We also encourage a good weight lifting program for our high school players to help get them stronger and swing the bat faster.

10, 9, 8 Drill

The 10, 9, 8 drill is an awesome drill and it works great, especially for players that have never done it before.  We can usually improve player’s ball exit speed by 2 to 3 mph very quickly by doing this drill.  It is part of our winter training program where we see players gain an average of 7 to 8 mph at the youth levels.  At the high school level, it depends where they are in the process.  For the players in the 70s, it usually isn’t that hard to get them into the 80s.  It’s a little harder to get players to jump into the 90s, but we have 6 to 8 players every year who get up over 90 and this drill is one of the big reasons why.

Ball Exit Speed

We do a basic tee station with a Stalker Radar Gun.  We are just hitting balls back up the middle, but the goal is to swing as fast as possible.  We are working on hitting line drives as hard as we can.  By doing this, our players learn how to swing with maximum batspeed on a consistent basis.  Continue to do this over several weeks and you should add some batspeed to your swing.

Hitting the Tire

We love hitting the tire with sledge hammers.  This helps strengthen our legs, core and hands.  There is a definite different in gains from our players who come in and put in the work vs. the players that don’t do it.