Jenks Hitting Lessons | Routines
Athletic Mission Baseball Academy is become the go to when people start talking about Jenks Hitting Lessons. Our whole process is developed around a system, a process, routines, and great desire to help hitters be successful in both baseball and real life. One of the things we take great pride in is the development of routines and being consistent with routines. When we work with our hitters we work with them to develop seven different routines to get them ready to play and hit in games. These seven different routines includes the following: night before games routines, pre-warm up routines, warm up routines, dug out routines, on deck routines, at bat routine and post at bat routines. There is a lot to developing this process and because there is a lot we tend to focus on one area at a time. Get one set of routines down and set before developing then next. Athletic Mission Baseball Academy takes great pride in making this a huge part of our Jenks Hitting Lessons.
The night before routines has to do what we want to do the night before games. You need to go to bed somewhat prepared to play your next game. This includes the following things, getting a good meal to eat. We all have those food that makes us feel great when we wake up and those food that make us feel like crap when we wake up. We need to identify what those are and ensure we pick food that energize us and make us feel great in the am. We need to drinks lot so water the night before games. I tell our guys they can either drink H2O or Water. At least 6-8 glasses of water the night before you play. We also want our guys to visualize four at bats the night before. You can get an extra 1500 game at bats per year by taking mental at bat every single night. We tell our guys who take Jenks Hitting Lessons that you need to take two good at bats and two bad at bats. Always begin with the end in mind. Meaning layout the desired results and what the situation is and play it out mentally. The next routine we have guys focus on is the pre-warm up routines. This is especially important for guys whose teams do not already have a set routine that they go through. You have got to get there early and get yourself ready to play and hit. It is not worth ruining minute an half of your at bats of the game because your coaches fail to get you ready. You need to take ownership, get there early and find a way to get yourself ready to play. Warm Up routines are what you do to get yourself ready to play. By this time you have already gotten warmed up and ready to play because you got there earlier than everyone else. As you go through this warm up routines, just continue to take an easy to get loose and find your barrel.
Once the games has started you are now going to send at least 24-41 minutes of your hour and half game in the dugout. This is where you need to learn as much about the pitcher as possible, where you need to learn about the field and the weather, where you need to observe what the pitcher is doing, and how the pitcher is tipping his pitches, because he will tip his pitches. Types of questions we want to ask our self is: is the pitcher a lefty or right? what type of velocity does he have on his ball? can he control the fastball? He is wild or crafty? does his fastball moves? what other pitches does he throw? can he throw these other pitches for strike? Where does he stand on the rubber? does he work north to south as he does east to west? How big is the field? Does the field have any weird shapes to it? What is the whether like?Is it windy? What does he start every batter off with?Does he fall into a pattern? What does he throw when ahead of the count? What does he throw when behind in the count? What does he never throw when ahead of count? What does he never throw when behind in count? What does he throw when runners are on base? What does he throw when runners are in scoring position? What does he throw when picking runner off, does he fall into pattern? Does he double up or triple up on the off speed? What is the clutch pitch, what is he getting hitters out with? Does he tip any of his pitches? Every pitcher at the amateur level tip their pitches. You just have to study each pitcher and know what is coming.
Now when you get to the on deck circle, you need to turn all that information to help you develop your game plan. You need a routine on deck that almost puts you in the batter box to execute the situation. We tell our hitters to get as close to the plate as possible, push the umpire limit and then go through the exact routine you do when you get to the plate. Pick up the coach and get the signs and visualize what we are waiting for the hit and what pitch you want to hit and execute the on deck at as if you were actually in the batter box. You now to the plate at which you will star the process of going through your at bat routine. Your physical routines need to be executed so much and so well that you are not even thinking about these and focus intently on your mental routine and anticipation of what the next pitch will be based on the count and situation. After your at bat, you need to evaluate your at bats. These evaluation keep you in the present moment and help you recognize where in the swing it went wrong. Ask yourself if you saw the ball? where you on time? did you hit it hard? did you have good ball flight? did swing at a good pitch? were you satisfied with the results? You wont find anyone that gives Jenks Hitting Lessons that will go in this depth of what it takes to hit.