Belgrade Bandits Take a Different Approach to Hitting
There's really no "correct" way to learn the game of baseball.
More often than not, teams typically do the same drills and use similar technology.
But the Belgrade Bandits are taking a different approach to learning and practicing, with the help of some objects you would rarely see on a baseball diamond.
"I think we all to a degree teach the same stuff,” said head coach Johnny Graham. “It's a bunch of individual movements in a sense that need to flow together as one movement. There are pieces of it that are difficult I think. Every one of these drills you see today have a different purpose in mind, and they hammer out one piece of the swing."
Today the Bandits are practicing their swing with the use of a slab of wood under their back foot, a dodge ball between the legs, and even a Frisbee.
"The Frisbee is working that hand route of that bottom hand, that lead hand, and making sure it doesn't get outside of the elbow because that's going to make us wrap around our body when we're getting to it so we can get to it instead of around our body,” Graham said. “It's making a big zone for our hands, so to speak."
You might also find the bandit hitters practicing what they call the "Skater Girl".
It's a rhythmic motion before hitting the ball.
"The Skater Girl is going to work our lower half or load, and have some rhythm involved. It's not a stagnant movement,” Coach Graham said. “So we're working a negative move into a positive move. Or a load into a stride, whatever you want to call it. They all have different names. We call it negative and positive."
Whether it's the skater girl, the six-by-six drill, or tossing a Frisbee, all these drills contribute to the Belgrade hitters being successful.
"They all have a reason,” said Coach Graham. “The nine we chose today kind of work, when they're done. work the lower half, their upper half, their arms, their hand route, their timing, so on and so forth."