NIKE US Sports Camps Director Offers New Hitting Technique for NIKE Baseball Camps

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At Nike Baseball Camps this summer, youth baseball campers will learn the latest hitting techniques from expert coaching staff. Contrary to popular belief, hitting the baseball is a three step process instead of the old-fashioned two step technique.

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It takes .4 seconds for a 90 mph fastball to reach the plate from the pitcher. That means a hitter has .15 seconds to decide whether or not to swing at a pitch. A hitter that waits to stride after “seeing” the ball is likely to be late to the contact.

Contrary to the old assumption that hitting a baseball is a simple as a step and swing, Nike Baseball Camps Director Kevin Haury explains that in hitting, the routine of stepping to the ball and recognizing the pitch, before actually swinging is a crucial element to getting a base hit. This sequence allows each hitter the proper time to react to the ball and swing if the pitch is in the strike zone.

“There are 3 basic steps to the hitting process: The stride, pitch recognition (“see”- velocity, location, type of pitch) and the swing,” says Haury. “It takes .4 seconds for a 90 mph fastball to reach the plate from the pitcher. That means a hitter has .15 seconds to decide whether or not to swing at a pitch. A hitter that waits to stride after “seeing” the ball is likely to be late to the contact.”

Haury’s advice to reinforce the process of striding, seeing, and then swinging is to incorporate the routine into tee work and soft toss drills. “When doing tee work I generally instruct hitters to stride, pause to simulate seeing the ball, and then swing. You can do the same thing with front or side toss. I show them the ball, then drop my arm and hold for a second before I toss the ball to them. With this, the batter is taught to stride during the pause and see the ball, then swing. These drills often help correct common stride errors in approaching the baseball.”

Kevin Haury is the director of the Nike Baseball Camp at Woodford County Park in Versailles, KY. Haury is currently a member of the Woodford County Youth Baseball and Softball Association Board, where he focuses on player development through the design and implementation of camps, class and other training programs.

Nike Baseball Camps provide focused, intensive training that is essential to improvement for all skill levels. Every facet of the game is covered with an emphasis on fundamentals to help players become valuable team members. At each summer baseball camp location, campers are broken into groups with other players of similar age, abilities and goals. Each camp director does their best to advance players to the next level, keeping in consideration each camper’s experience and desire to improve.

About US Sports Camps

US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America’s largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of NIKE Sports Camps. The company was started in 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.

Players, coaches, parents and others interested in the Nike Baseball Camp at Woodford County Park can visit ussportscamps.com/baseball or call 1-800-645-3226.

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