'Exclusive Guide for Sensational Youth
Baseball Coaching

tips for hitting, pitchers, coaches, position players, base runners, parents.

Don't Be the Only One to Miss 459 Essential Baseball Tips FREE

12 Checklists on Baseball Player Development

Sign Up Here and I'll send you a Free Copy

Best Batting Tips:
Are You Ruining Your Hitters?

The best batting tips often come from watching how the top baseball hitters go about their business of hitting. Now, we certainly are not major league hitters—or even minor league professional hitters for that matter.

But we can certainly learn how to become a baseball player by watching what kind of swing a professional hitter takes when the count favors the hitter. Even professional pitchers give up many more hits when the count favors the hitter.

Professional hitters are going to get a really good swing, likely hit the ball really hard and probably inflict some damage when the ball-strike count favors the batter.

Hitters have to do their damage when ahead on the count because professional pitchers with all their skill, control, command and mastery of different baseball pitches will be extremely difficult to hit against when they hold the count in the pitcher’s favor.

Baseball Basics: What the Stats Tell Us

coaching baseball hitting

Many statistical studies have been done to show how the batting averages and slugging percentages are significantly higher when the ball strike pitch count is in the favor of the hitter.

In this baseball article from the Baseball Research Journal by Bickel & Stotz, they report that, “All pitchers without exception, hold hitters to a lower batting average when the ball-strike count favors the pitcher.

Batting averages tend to be about 140 points lower when the ball is put in play on a pitcher’s count, as compared to a hitter’s count."

Baseball Hitters Tips on Hitting

There has been numerous baseball statistics studies into batting averages as to which ball-strike count we are breaking down. Some have argued the statistics are swayed with two strikes since that is the only count you can actually strike out.

If a batter were to swing and miss with less than two strikes they would still be at-bat.

What we do know is this. What ever level of youth baseball we are currently in the statistics will be similar across the board.

  • Batting averages are usually below or very near .200 when the ball-strike count has two strikes on the batter in 0-2, and 1-2 counts.
  • The batting averages hover in the .240-.285 ranges when the ball-strike counts are 0-1, 1-1, 2-2, 3-2.
  • The batting averages significantly shift higher when the counts favor the hitter at 0-0, 1-0, 2-0,2-1, 3-1. Usually from .300 to .400 range depending on the baseball playing level.

Baseball Coaches Teaching Hitting: What's the Point

baseball drills coaching tips on hitting
Pin It

The batting tips we want to show is a good hitter must ‘harvest their hay when it is ready to be cut.’ In baseball terms, you better get your hits when the ball-strike count is in your favor.

When a batter gets to a count in their favor they had better put their best swing technique on the pitch. If a hitter is late and misses, takes a good pitch, or fouls the pitch off then they likely just missed their best opportunity for a well hit baseball.

Now the pitcher may go to even or ahead of the count and the whole at bat changes to advantage pitcher.

Are You Harming Your Batters?

The top pro hitters know ‘When to cut the Hay.’ They know exactly what kind of swing they need to put on different pitches when they have the count in their favor.

When top hitters get a 1-0, 2-0, 2-1, 3-1 count they know they will get the bat out in front. To be ‘late’ on a fastball when the batter has the count in their favor is a mental error.

Repeat---Mental error to be late on the pitchers fastball grip pitch when the count is in the hitter’s favor.

How to Hit a Baseball: Coaches Often Give Wrong Tips on Hitting

The youth baseball coach almost never realizes how harmful and damaging their coaching tips do to young baseball players. Rarely or more often never will you hear youth baseball coaches give hitting tips to encourage hitters to take advantage of the ball-strike counts when they favor the hitter.

These are the counts when hitters should really pound the ball…or at least get take the best swing they have that day.

But batting coaches constantly offer mind cluttering, doubt building, negative thinking and approaches as the hitter get ready for the pitch.

Amateur baseball coaches and baseball parents will verbalize harmful doubt filled batting tips like:

  • Make it be right here on a batting tee.
  • Don’t help out the pitcher now.
  • Lay off that ‘high one’.
  • Make it be in there now.
  • Stay Back. Don’t lunge now.
  • Let the ball ‘travel’
  • Let the ball get ‘deep’.
  • Be ‘patient’

This is all amateur baseball code-word batting tips for causing doubt in the hitters mind. Coaches are now putting their own batters on a defensive thinking mindset.

The youth baseball coach is now doing a tremendous damage to their batter’s ability to take full advantage of the count in the batters favor by giving all these negative coaching cues.

Now the batter is so worried about making a mistake that they now will likely hesitate just long enough to be late on the fastball pitch….Result: Mental Batting Error.

All caused by poor coaching tips.

Contrast the Professional Way

Pro baseball instructors and coaches will rarely say anything to a batter during their at-bat except for encouragement anyway.

Over-coaching during ball games is not what pros do. They would think to themselves or maybe say batting tips like;

“Let it Fly”


Don’t be late.

Be on time.

Show me your best swing.

‘Unbutton your shirt on this one’

‘Give it a ride’


‘Come-on now…get it ready’

‘Be ready’ or listo to the Latin baseball players.

See, there are no batting tips here that impede a hitter’s thinking except to look to swing the bat.

Top Hitters know when to ‘Cut the Hay.’ And so do the top coaches!

Take a look at more hitting articles if you are ready to leave Batting Tips
If you are finished reading Batting Tips go back to the Main Page

Baseball Impossible: Player Development Make-Over
6-DVD Set Coaches Training Videos
Audio CD Sets Click Here

Coaching 6-DVD Box Set

On Sale Now

Coaching little league baseball & youth baseball can be a blast or could be a  DISASTER. 

Who in their right mind would come back year after year and have boring baseball practice and never improve their baseball skills? and get yelled at by adults?

Baseball Coaching Videos: Watch over 6 hours of tips on coaching approach, style, philosophy, and my unique player development system. 

Youth baseball careers are short-lived so lets make it count for our players. What do players really want out of playing baseball?

Please tell your fellow baseball circle of friends about the

Newsletter sign up page.

and Get 459 Essential Baseball Tips FREE

FREE 4-Day Coaching Course

Attention ALL Baseball Coaches. Check out my

Free 4-Day Coaching Course

Check out the all-new just released Audio CD Sets

Skip- Came across your books & videos 2 years ago at the end of the season.

I implemented your techniques the next season and can't thank you enough. The kids love practice, we accomplish a lot, and most importantly they all develop throughout the season. I don't worry much if we win or lose just as long as we try and they get better.

My pitchers only throw fastballs and a change up and we do just fine. If the other team hits the ball, great it gives the defense an opportunity to make a play.

I never coach from the box, I just encourage them to hit. And they all know the have the green light on 3-0. The best thing I can do for them is make them better hitters and the only way is to hit! By the way my kids are Junior Little league ages 13-14. Zach, Stockton, CA...

Do You Really Know What You Are Doing? Or Are Going to Wing-it?

See What Others Say

Take a Peek In the Book

Knowledge is Power

The Best Hitters Play the Most

Discover every strategy and secret I’ve learned from years of coaching, playing, managing and player development in pro ball to T-ball levels..

There are hundreds of tips you can use to make a magnificent difference in your success as a youth baseball and high school baseball coach..

Quick Look Inside

"My eBooks share my player development strategies to help youth ballplayers reach high school ball and maybe beyond."


A Never Ending Supply
of Pitchers

The key secret to consistently year after year have a steady stream of

quality pitching arms.

American Baseball Coaches Association ABCA

Unique Youth Baseball Coaches Clinic Training Video 3 DVD Set

coaching youth baseball training video dvds