The Journey of College Softball Recruiting

The Journey of College Softball Recruiting Part 1: Alexa Peterson

Behind every great college or professional athlete is a story. We hear it all the time about how “lucky” these athletes are that they get to live out their dream of playing the game they love. The truth is, these athletes have dedicated years and countless hours to their craft to get to the position […]

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Six Questions to Ask Softball Hitters: Part 1

As a softball hitter or softball coach, one of the most important aspects being successful at the plate is something that you have complete control over… your mindset! See below for three of our top six questions to ask your softball hitters to help them succeed at the plate. 1.) How Confident Are You at […]

Six Questions to Ask Your Hitters - Part 2

Six Questions to Ask Your Softball Hitters: Part 2

During part two of our six questions to ask your softball hitters we continue to focus on mindset. Failure is inevitable as a softball hitter, even the best hitters in the world will fail 7 out of 10 times at the plate. How players get from good to great is by responding to those failures […]

Baseball Hitting Drills for Youth Players

Four Baseball Hitting Drills for Youth Players

There are thousands of baseball hitting drills for youth players out there, but the best drills focus on the right movements and can be practiced from an early age all the way to the high school or even professional level. The beauty of The Hitting Vault is that Coach Lisle shares over  70 hitting drills […]

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Batters Box Battle

At practice, we as coaches tend to spend most, if not all of our hitting time on the mechanics of the swing and getting reps in BP. A few years ago after realizing that we had some players who had perfect mechanics and weren’t hitting above .200, I chose to reevaluate what were we doing […]

Baseball vs Softball Swing

Baseball Swing vs. Softball Swing

A hot topic over the years in hitting has been the debate over the difference between a baseball vs softball swing. Let me preface my answer to this debate by saying, I’ve been in “the game” almost 40 years now. Have coached for over 17 of them. 13 in baseball and 4 in softball. I’ve […]

Two-Strike Hitting - Learn the Right Approach

Two Strike Hitting: Why Striking Out Isn’t The Worst Outcome

Two strike hitting is one of the toughest things we have to do as hitters.  As coaches, we always talk to our players about having a “Two Strike Approach” (meaning what we do at the plate differently when we have two strikes). The majority of coaches teach their hitters (as I did for several years) […]

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MLB Swing: Josh Donaldson’s Point of View

“There have been so many things as hitters we’ve been taught, that I believe are incorrect.” Toronto Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson told Mark DeRosa on MLB Central. A few weeks ago on MLB Network Mark DeRosa spent some time with Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson to discuss his Major League career and the […]

Baseball and Softball - Launch angles

Launch Angle in Baseball and Softball

If you’ve been following baseball closely over the last few years you’ve probably heard the term Launch Angle. Launch Angles are a very hot topic in baseball and among hitting coaches and hitters across the country. What is Launch Angle? According to the MLB Glossary: Launch Angle represents the vertical angle at which the ball […]

Baseball Coach Tyger Pederson

Q&A with Tyger Pederson

When left-handed outfielder Stu Pederson was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth round of the 1981 MLB draft — coming off the board at No. 228 overall out of USC — it marked the beginning of a decade-long professional career that peaked with an eight-game callup in the autumn of 1985, a […]