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MY grandson who is 8 has a bad hait of throwing his bat after he hits. he has a godo swing and makes very good contact and swings very hard.....in his follow thru he lets go of the bat always. He was called out 2 times in game tonight for throwing his bat.  As his grandfather i would like to help him gain better control....how can I help?

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Mike, thank you for your question.

What your grandson is experiencing is not uncommon.

I would start by talking with him and explaining that throwing the bat is dangerous to others on the field, and that the rule for not throwing the bat is there to protect other participants.

Practice having him take swings with the bat, no pitcher, no ball.  Swing, drop bat, 25 times.

Same swing, drop bat, run a few steps, 25 times.

Same swing, drop bat, run to first base, 25 times.

Over time, he will become comfortable with swinging and dropping the bat, then running.

When he is doing that successfully, you can add a tee and ball, repeat reps.

Final step is to take it back live, in a game, with a pitcher, or practice with a pitcher.  Once he has it, he shouldn't return to throwing it.

Generally, kids get excited and in a hurry, thus throwing the bat seems to be the quickest way to get out of the box.  Time and reps should get him past it, especially since the umpires have started calling him out.  

Good luck as you go forward.  Very fixable, just takes a little time.

Yours in baseball,

Rick  

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Rick Bundy

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I can answer all questions relating to the fundamentals of baseball from t-ball to college, individual and team instruction, game strategy, drills, practice organizaton, coaching philosophies and, last, but not least, the mental game.

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4 years little league 4 years high school baseball( 2 varsity) 2 years junior college baseball 1 summer, Central Illinois Collegiate League, Galesburg, Pioneers 2 years, four year college

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Retired teacher 31 years (retired 4) 36 years high school baseball coaching/15 as a head coach/19 varsity asst, 2010 was the 36th. I am in my 10th year as a coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks Training Centers, the official youth baseball and fast pitch softball camps of The Arizona Diamondbacks.

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