- Dec 11, 2010
Once they start getting better with swing/don’t swing, the next step is probably strike zone management, where you talk to them about a very small strike zone with no strikes, which expands with each strike.This sounds fair. I started doing this at the end of the last season. Going to do more of this hopefully it helps! I have a lot of parents pitching to the kids too, need to give more instruction there I guess.
I think our 10u coach said/demonstrated the zone with no strikes was two balls wide and three balls high and then added a ball to each dimension for every strike.
I love front toss and I love to throw it. I tried not to rag kids about swinging at bad balls but I did sometimes asked them to tell me if that was a strike or not like I wasn’t sure and would ask them to tell me where the ball was…. Especially with younger kids I always hoped to not get in the way of them attacking strikes…
Good luck, rec is where every player starts. It’s where every kid in the WCWS was at one time.