A Baseball Strategy Which Boosts Your Team’s Overall Batting
Every good high school coach is
trying to find ways to get his team to hit better. One such way is to have your entire team take the first
pitch. By always taking the first pitch from a pitcher, you can increase the overall batting average
of your team. This strategy is especially effective in high school and, we have put together list of the
1. Batters learn discipline at the
plate. By taking the first
pitch, you prevent your team from making in easy outs early in the pitch count.
2. Batters see the pitcher and his
stuff. By viewing the
first pitch, the batter gets to see the pitcher’s windup and delivery, his pitch speed, and even his
movement. In addition, since most high school pitchers start counts with fastballs, the batter is
likely to see the pitchers best fastball right away. This viewing helps the batter know where he will need to
adjust his swing.
3. Force the pitcher to be on top of their
game. By taking the first pitch,
the batters are forcing the pitcher to throw strikes on the first pitch. If the pitcher is wild, he will
already be giving the batter an advantage by either eventually walking the batter or at least, giving the batter a
pitch count that favors the batter.
4. Pitcher must throw more pitches. By causing the pitcher to throw more pitches, you are
increasing the chance the opposing pitcher will need to be taken out of the game early or that he will be very
fatigued towards the end. This fatigue can lead to additional walks late in the game or the pitcher serving up some
fat pitchers for the hitters to swing at because of a lack of control.
5. Create Favorable Hitter Pitch
Counts. If the pitcher
gets wild, he will start to have pitch counts of 3-1 or 2-0 or even 3-0. These pitch counts favor high
school batters because a high school pitcher is far more likely to throw a fastball in these situations
because of not wanting to walk the batter. Over time, this means the batters will be getting good balls
to hit which will lead to a rise in their batting averages.
technique is especially suited to high school baseball playoffs. Since high school baseball teams usually
play three game series and only have 1 or 2 ace pitchers on the opposing team, using this strategy in the
playoffs could lead to your team
o Forcing one of their ace pitchers out of the game early
because of wildness
o Causing the pitch count of their ace pitchers to rise so much
that they will be unable to come back and pitch in the third game, or
o Have a severely fatigued opposing pitcher late in the game.
caveat in implementing this strategy with high school baseball players is that you will have to manage their
egos about their hitting. They may be initially resistant to this idea because some will feel either
disadvantaged of possible giving one strike to the opposing pitcher from the start or rather swing at bad
pitches than take a walk. These type of complaints should be disregarded and allow for this Baseball
Strategy to be applied in a number of games. Over time, the results should speak for themselves with
higher batting averages. However, one thing you can do to encourage this strategy is to put more emphasis
and praise for those who are getting a lot of walks or have a high batting average. This type of praise will encourage the other players to fall into
second caveat is to ensure your hitters are actually sizing up the pitcher with that first pitch. The best
way to do this is to ask your hitters questions about what they say and to encourage them to share this
information with the other players on the team. Get the idea into their head that they are giving valuable
information to the other players on your team. This type of questioning will keep their attention on the
pitcher and will lead to them having better concentration at the plate.
applying this baseball strategy and taking into account the caveats, you should be well on your way to
increasing your team’s batting average. This step may be the one that pushes your team far into the
Another tip you should consider is using wooden bats to improve your batting. You can see
that article at baseball hitting with wooden
bats. Also, check out baseball strategy: winning without great
hitting to discover another way on how to be successful at