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Many young players waste valuable time waiting for their turn to hit. They stand in the on-deck circle and talk to teammates or take lazy swings with the bat. Poor on-deck preparation reduces their probability for success. Good on-deck preparation should include the following:
Position yourself in the on-deck circle so that the pitcher and home plate are both in view.
Quickly loosen up your muscles by swinging the bat back and forth and over your head.
Take your stance and focus on the pitcher.
When the pitcher releases the ball, stride and then swing hard, the same way you plan to swing when getting up to the plate.
Time your swing so that your bat head crosses the plate before the ball does.
Make timing adjustments on the remaining pitches until its your turn.
When leading off an inning, don't waste time talking. Go time your swing.
At least after a swing or two, do not use a bat donut on-deck. This will throw off your timing (studies have found that the probability of hitting the ball on the first swing is lower for players using a donut on-deck).
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