I didn't want to hijack the bats thread, but had some other questions related to little league baseball.
I am not understanding the aim of some drills I'm seeing. One is soft toss, where the coach sits on the ball bucket beside the hitter and tosses a ball up in the air for the kid to hit. The ball is coming at the hitter from the side and then they want them to hit it straight out into the field. How could this be any better than standing at the plate and swinging at live bp with the coach pitching?
Which leads to the other, I have had my kids on teams two different times now where the coach has kids pitching bp. Inevitably, my kid gets plunked. Not to mention the farm league kids pitching can only maybe get 2-3 out of 10 pitches in the hitting zone. This year it has only happened occasionally, but another year it was the predominant bp method. Is this common now days, or is this just bad coaching?
I mean, how hard can you make baseball practice? Coach or coaches pitch bp, kids take their licks seeing live pitching, field the balls in play, then line up at the positions and take fielding practice. Base running practice, sliding practice (have seen none of this), and pitchers working on the side (also have seen none of that this year). Am I just old school, or is this a poorly run team?