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Fundamental Hitting Drills with Carie Dever-Boaz

Former Division One Head Coach and National Pro Fastpitch National Champion, Carie Dever-Boaz, demonstrates the ankle tap and knee touch drills. These drills will help with balance and separation of the hands and the front foot. There's no doubt Carie Dever-Boaz has a wealth of knowledge from years of experience as a player and a Division I coach. Watch and learn from one of the best in the game! If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us via JustBats.com Facebook or Twitter Page, E-mail: support@justbats.com, or our Toll Free Telephone: 1-866-321-BATS (2287).

Transcript

Hi. I'm Carie Dever-Boaz with JustBats.com. I have sixteen years of college coaching, two years in the Pro League, and multiple years at the high school and travel ball level. And I'm here to talk to you about basic hitting and the fundamentals that I want my athletes to get. One of the things I'm seeing with athletes is they're not getting good extension from their hands to their bottom feet here. It's like taking a rubber band. If you give 'em a rubber band and pull it, they don't pull it, bring it, and then let it go. If they're trying to make it across though, they pull it and keep it all in one. In order to do that, we have to get that separation, get in an attacking mode, and yet do it in balance as a pitcher is throwing anywhere from 40 to 70 miles an hour at you. So we do it off the tee to start with. And it's gonna be called an ankle-tap drill. All I'm going to do here is come to this direction, look, I'm gonna get myself set like I'm in that ready position to attack. My front foot's gonna go to my ankle. I'm gonna separate, and I'm gonna hit. You notice I rolled over on that. I want to hit palm up, palm down. We don't want that ball to be top ____ over. I'm looking at the center of that ball with the sweet spot of the bat. I'm gonna loo out. I'm going ankle touch so that I work on balance. I didn't even do that right. I'm gonna get my hands up. Ankle touch. Separate. Swing straight up the middle. That's an ankle touch. Once your athletes get good at that, we're gonna challenge them, and we're gonna take it to the next level. This will really push them in balance, in getting in that attacking position, and walking away from their hands to attack. They're gonna get themselves ready. And this is gonna be a knee touch. I'm gonna go to that next level. I'm here. I'm coming to my knee. I'm separating, and I'm hitting. Rolled right over the top of that one. Railroad tracks back. Nice and set. Going for a knee touch. Ready, knee, separate, and swing. Thank you very much.

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