Baseball is a great game. It's a game you can play, be a fan, a coach, or a parent of player for most of your life.
But it is not an easy game. It is challenging.
One of the biggest challenges is in hitting. It takes a lot of skill-sets to be a good hitter. To be a hitter what do you think is the number one thing yu need to master?
"Hit the ball"
"Hit a good pitch"
"Use a good swing"
"See the ball"
All are important and worthwhile answers, but number one is likely getting comfortable. But getting comfortable is close connected to your ability to see the ball.
For certain, at least the second thing you need to is to see the ball. Seeing the ball takes place in advance of using a good swing, hitting a good pitch or hitting the ball.
What do you see when you look out at the pitcher?
Where are you looking when you look out at the pitcher?
Some things you should know:
Every pitcher has a release point. It is relatively near the same spot on each ball he throws; however inexperienced pitcvhers will have greater range of release points.
From the dugout and in the on deck circle make a habit of identifying just exactly where is the ball released. How high off of the ground? How far to one's side.
On the bench, clap your hands together the moment the ball leaves the pitcher's hand. Strive for perfection. Then clap your hand the moment the ball hits the bat of the hitter or the catcher's glove. When the hitter swings and misses you will have 3 claps. When the hitter doesn't swing you wil have two claps. To do this accurately you have to watch the ball carefully. You have to watch it as soon as it is released and sta with itrack it until it hits the bat or the catcher's glove.