Objective: This drill emphasizes “stepping into” the ball to generate power and bat speed. This is an excellent drill to help young hitters eliminate the bad habit of “stepping out” during the swing.
Procedure: The batter starts the drill by standing farther away from the machine than normal. This starting position allows the batter to take two steps inward before swinging the bat.
The batter will step first with the back foot and then with the front foot. When the front foot “lands” the batter attacks the ball. The drill may be performed with a still or moving ball. The batter should take the time to set and observe all body movement before and after each swing.
It is sometimes good to have the batter freeze after the swing to see if the proper finish position is reached after each swing. The batter should make sure to make contact with the ball component and not the shaft.
Recommended Number of Swings: 10 Swings
Coaching Point: The “Step-In-And-Hit” drill is a drill that every coach and parent should be familiar with and know about. At young levels of play we often see a batter “step-out”. The batter may have a fear of being hit. This drill works great in helping break this bad habit.