Ballard Little League

Baseball Positive Skills Info
Posted Feb 2, 2017

Explanation of Classes: Parts 1-3

Baseball Positive’s comprehensive batting and pitching programs are comprised of 15 sessions. Part I is sessions 1-5; Part 2 is sessions 6-10; Part 3 is sessions 11-15.

Batting: Part 1 ('The Swing'), Part 2 ('Hitting to All Fields'), Part 3 ('Mastery')
Pitching: Part 1 ('The Delivery' and Change-up), Part 2 (Change-up, 2-Seam Fastball, Cutter), Part 3 (Curve, Slider and Pitcher's Defensive Responsibilities)

Class Descriptions

Batting - Part 1 (The Swing) 
Comprehensive teaching of the swing. Covers all aspects of an efficient, powerful and productive swing. Players with years of experience, as well as novice batters, start with Batting I. It is critical for players to master the skills taught in this clinic in order to be prepared to advance to Batting II.

Clinic teaches fundamentals that lead to sound body control and balance throughout the swing. Unnecessary movement in the swing is eliminated and players are trained in simple and efficient swing actions. Players learn to utilize the strength of their entire body in the swing and to direct that energy to, and through, contact with the baseball/softball. A major component of the class is gaining a sense of how their body works to produce the swing.

It is strongly suggested that players who took Batting I in the past repeat the program to retrain their muscle movements. (It is important to understand that learning physical skills is much different than cognitive learning. The brain retains information fairly well, while muscles need to be constantly retrained.)

Younger and novice players would benefit from taking Batting I more than once; mastery of the swing does not come in five weeks.

Highlights of what the batters learn
* Balance and posture throughout the swing
* Anchoring the swing
* The transfer of energy from the legs to the hands
* Path of the hands in the swing
* Developing swing consistency against live pitching

...A simple, easy to follow and comprehensive set of drills, for work at home, is provided during the program in an illustrated handout. Videos are also provided to support the principles taught.


Batting - Part 2 
(Sessions 6-10 of Baseball Positive's 15 session, comprehensive batting instruction program) 

Introduction to hitting the ball to all fields. Strike zone awareness and recognition of pitch location is taught. Advanced drills are added to the foundational drills learned in Batting, Part 1. Players are introduced to the concept of having an ‘approach’ to live batting.

Extension through contact point to maximize power and consistency of contact (‘staying through the ball’) is a major focus. Swing discipline during the batting workout is also a major emphasis. Fear of the ball is addressed as well as how to get hit by a pitch safely.


Pitching - Part 1 
Covers all aspects of an efficient, powerful and accurate delivery. Participants learn the three components of the delivery and gain an awareness of the 'feel' of an effective and sound delivery. The pitcher also starts on their way to establishing a consistent Release Point, which is the foundation for throwing effective off-speed pitches and eliminating the possibility of ‘tipping’ their pitches to their opponents.

A central focus of the instruction focuses on techniques to reduce pressure on the shoulder and elbow, minimizing the potential for sore arms or injury. The Change-up and Two Seam Fastball are introduced

A simple, easy to follow, and comprehensive set of drills for work at home is provided during the program in an illustrated handout.


Pitching - Part 2

The Change up and Two-seam Fast Ball are taught in detail, including grip variations.  The Cutter (a breaking pitch that is a safe alternative to the curve ball) is introduced.

The fundamentals of the delivery continue to be a focus in this class.  Pitchers develop a greater understanding of the delivery and develop greater discipline in their actions.  Advanced teaching, for maximizing power and accuracy, is taught.

Warm-up, stretching and a pre-game/pre-pitching routine are taught.



These classes are FREE for any coach who wishes to attend and participate....a coach does not need to have a child in the class. A cornerstone of the Baseball Positive mission is to help All coaches increase their knowledge, improve their teaching skills and to take this knowledge to the field and expose the greatest number of kids to simple, but sound instruction. 


Our youth leagues need greater participation from parents. There are many parents who consider coaching or helping out, but hold back thinking they do not have the knowledge or skill to help the kids. 

Teaching these skills to kids is not complicated. The Baseball Positive teaching approach demystifies the swing and how to teach it. 

You Can make a difference in your child's development, you Can help their team during practices in the spring, and your league Will become stronger when you and other parents take the knowledge from this program to the field.


Parents and coaches are encouraged to participate and learn 'How to Teach' the skills. , even if they don't have a child in the program. A core component of Baseball Positive's mission is to increase the knowledge and skills of anyone who works with youth baseball and softball players me for details and to let me know you are going to join in - Mark, 206 714 5276