YRA- Year Round Athlete teaches how to stand in the batter's box.
How to stand in the batter’s box- Bend, Lean, Lift
1. Be ready to swing the bat at every pitch, get into an athletic hitting posture and find a comfortable batting stance for you. Your feet should be slightly wider than shoulders with your knee bent, chest over knees and knees between the inside of your feet with the weight on the balls of your feet applying equal weight to your front and back leg.
2. There are three types of batting stances, squared, open, and closed. In a squared stance, your feet are perpendicular to home plate and your toes are pointed at home plate. Your toe line is a straight line towards the pitcher. In an open stance, your feet are perpendicular to home plate with your toes pointed at home plate. Your toe line is a straight line towards third base. In a closed stance, your feet are perpendicular to home plate. Your toes are pointed at home plate. Your toe line is a straight line towards first base.
3. Bend, Lean, and Lift- Place front foot at front edge of home plate for a starting point about a typical foots distance away not to close or far away for maximum plate coverage. Place the bat on the shoulder where knob is pointing slightly beyond back foot which will set bat angle-lead elbow point down and lead arm, between the forearm and bicep is at or approximately 90-degree angle, back elbow relaxed- bend your knees, lean forward, and lift your bat off the shoulder. The lead elbow is down and the back elbow is at or slightly below shoulder height bat will or should be 45 degrees. The back elbow is up and relaxed at shoulder height to create whip once swing is initiated. The hands are in front and close to body to make a direct path to the ball.
4. Relax the eyes. The head is up and turned toward the pitcher. The chin is over lead shoulder, eyes parallel to ground or slightly tilted, eyes focused on the emblem of the pitcher’s hat.
5. Get in a routine of standing in the same place with the same stance to keep the contacts points the same, moving around in the batter’s box, forward, backwards, closer to home plate, and away will affect timing and ball contact on the bat. You want to be consistent by hitting the baseball on the barrel of the bat.
6. Stay relaxed and loose while in your stance helps to stay in rhythm, keeps you balanced, and allows freedom for the body to move efficiently