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A to C Pathway
angular velocity
athletic position
back foot
back hip commitment
backside collapse
backside hitting
backside under you
balance, dynamic
balance, static
barred arm
barrel above hands
barrel up
bat angle
bat, flat
bat, horizontal
bat mass (weight)
bat path

bat selection
bat speed
bat, vertical
batters box
bisect the head
bottom hand
bottom hand pulls
bunt, drag
bunt, push
bunt, sacrifice
bunt, suicide squeeze
center of gravity
centering, fine
centering, soft
chicken wing
cocking the barrel
contact hitter
contact point
count, hitters
count, neutral
count, pitchers
delaying action
drag backfoot
dropping the barrel
elbow to belly button
elbow, high back
elbow, high front
elbow, lift back
elbows down
eye dominance
finish, high
five eyes on pitcher
form an “A”
form an "L"
front foot
front shoulder down & in
front side
front side collapse
front side, firm
front side, weight against
front side, weight over
grip, choked
grip in fingers
grip in palms
hand path
hand, bottom
hand dominance
hand, top
hand position
hand-eye coordination
hands away
hands, hide the
hands, high
hands, low
hands, barrel above
hands, dead
hands inside the ball
hands, noisy
hands, quiet
hands outside the ball
happy zone
hard inside, soft away
head position
head still
head flies out
head movement
hips under you
hips rotate
hit and run
hit the inside of ball
hitch position
hitter, dead stop
home plate
kinetic energy
knob to the ball
launch position
line drive
linear transfer method
load, bat
load, inward turn
load the knob
load, no
load, preloaded
load, reverse C
load, tiny circles
longitudinal axis
maintain angle
mash the bug
mechanical couple
muscle memory
off-speed pitch
number knuckles
on your heels
opposite field
palm-up, palm down
pivot on back foot
plate coverage
power base
premature extension
quiet eyes
release point
rotational method
short front arm
shoulder to shoulder
shoulder, high front
stance, close your
stance, closed
stance, open your
stance, opened
stance, parallel
stance, pigeon-toed
stance, square
stance, widen your
step in the bucket
stepping on ice
stride closed
stride, developing a
stride, direction
stride, length
stride, no-stride
stride, opened
stride, overstride
stride, toe closed
stride, toe open
swing, compact
swing length
swing, long
swing, short
swing, looping
swing, inside-out
swing, outside-in
swing, sweeping
swing, round
swing, uppercut
swing, wood chopper
take a strike
time, movement
time, reaction
time, response
top hand
top hand, hanging
top hand push
top hand release
top hand too early
top hand, too little
under the hands
up the middle
weight shift
weight transfer
weight forward
weight on front side
weight on heels
weight distribution
wrapping the barrel
wrist roller
wrists cocked
wrists flat
wrists, roll



stance, closed:
A stance in which the front foot is closer to the inside line of the batters box than the back foot. A closed stance many favor a hitter who hits to all fields.
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stance, open your: A phrase used instructing a hitter to move his front foot away from the plate, which would open his front side to the pitcher. (show more of his chest pocket to the pitcher) See stance, opened.
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stance, opened: A stance in which the front foot is further from the inside line of the batters box than the back foot. An open stance may favor a large chested hitter by improving their vision. It is also used by pull hitters who stand close to the plate. In an attempt to keep hitters from opening up too soon, some coaches start hitters with an open stance, and have them stride closed.
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stance, parallel: A stance where the toes are equidistant from the inside line of the batters box.
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stance, pigeon-toed: A stance in which the toe are pointing slightly inward. This stance promotes keeping the striding foot closed and also pivoting on the back foot.
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stance, square: See stance, parallel.

stance, widen your: A phrase used to instruct a hitter to increase the distance between his feet. When working with young hitters, it is best to error with a stance slightly wider than one too narrow. A stance with the feet well outside the shoulder can control many problems in young hitters regarding stride, weight transfer, head movement, and balance. By widening a hitters base, their center of gravity lowered. This puts more weight or inertia on their front foot, making it more difficult to lift and overstride, or step in the bucket. Eliminating these problems usually will reduce head movement, so the hitter sees better. The wider stance also makes it easier for a young hitter to hit against a firm, front side, making it more difficult to get their weight on top of their front leg.
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step in the bucket: A phrase used to describe the striding foot stepping away from the plate, causing the frontside to open up. This is a common problem in young hitters with narrow stances.
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stepping on ice: A term used to describe the action of the front striding foot as it reaching forward and is planted softly. Others teach the 3 S’s of Striding -- Slow, Short, and Soft.

stride: A term used to describe a linear movement of the front foot that occurs during the loading or cocking phase of the swing. This action prepares the front side to receive the weight transfer and must be completed before the weight shift occurs.
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stride, closed: A term that describes the direction of the stride that moves toward the plate.
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stride, developing a: Don’t worry about teaching a stride to young hitters who are just starting out. Encourage a wider stance with young hitters, advising they maintain a little wiggle in their butt. This will help develop rhythm and allow them to feel their weight moving back and forth. Soon you will notice their front heel starting to lift and front knee cocking . It will not be long until they begin to pick up their foot, which moves the weight to the backside and cocks the front hip, and then put it back down in place. Finally the hitter will eventually learn to take a short, controlled stride in which he maintains balance, keeping his head still. This young hitter has developed a controlled stride that progressed from a widened stance and a little wiggle in his butt.

stride, direction: A term that describes the location of the front foot lands while striding in relation to where it started in the stance. Normally a stride is closed, opened, or straight back toward the pitcher.
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stride, length: Refers to the distance the front foot moves from its starting positon in the stance to where it ends up after the stride occurs. Hitters can smooth the dirt in the batters box and check after each pitch both stride distance and direction.

stride, no-stride: A term that refers to a hitter who hits without moving his front foot, or striding. This may be advantageous to beginners. See developing a stride.
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stride, opened: A term that describes the direction of a stride that moves away from the plate.

stride, overstride: A term used to describe a long stride that adversely affects a hitters balance and can cause head movement. Some coaches feel a stride can not be to long provided a hitter can keep their weight and hands back.
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stride, toe closed: A phrase used to describe the front foot pointing toward the plate after completing the stride. Starting in a pigeon-toed stance can help. This is used to keep the front hip in longer, and causes the front knee to firm up during the weight shift. See front side collapse.
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stride, toe open: A phrase used to describe the front foot pointing toward the pitcher after completing the stride. Some coaches feel strongly that the hips must clear and lead the way for the hands. Others feel that striding with the toe open causes the hips to open too early, making it difficult to stay closed. This comes under about as much debate among professional hitting instructors as which hand is dominant in the swing..... the top hand or the bottom hand?
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swing: A term used to describe the striking action of a hitter using a bat to propel a pitched ball.

swing, compact: A description of a swing path that is very efficient, with little wasted motion. See swing, short.
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swing length: Refers to the distance the bat head must move from its loaded position at the top to contact.
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