Thursday, April 26, 2007

batting practice  

posted by Michael Piwonka 9:27 PM
After getting off to a good start this season, Mason's confidence while batting has taken a plunge. He's been striking out, and then worrying about it during his next trip to the plate, causing him more problems.

So I took him to a batting cage next to the fields where his league is, and I pitched to him for about an hour. I had purchased a dozen balls for him at the beginning of the season, so we cycled through those balls over and over again.

His major problem was that he would step away from the plate as the ball approached, as if he was afraid he would get hit by the pitch. (I don't remember him getting hit by a pitch during a game, so I'm not sure when that started.) But after multiple pitches, his confidence started to return, and he started hitting the ball solidly again.

I tried to give him something he could tell himself as he gets into the batter's box: I'm going to blast this pitch. I don't know how much he understood, but I tried to emphasize that hitting the baseball, just like doing any sports, is all about confidence, about knowing that you're going to succeed.

We'll see how much improvement there is on Saturday morning at the next game.

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