BVSA Teaches: Down the Mound Drill

BVSA Teaches: Down the Mound Drill

On this episode of BVSA Teaches, Frank Ramppen talks about the down the mound drill. Okay, one of the big problems with the transfer is not gaining enough ground and more importantly, not actually transferring your weight. But a lot of kids will do their load and then they’ll stride, some longer than others, and even if it’s a long one, they’ll get hung back here. Their head stays back here; their head’s not over their belly button. They really didn’t get their weight transferred enough to that front side in here to be able to use that ground and fire off that back foot effectively.

Getting to Your Front Side

So my favorite drill for that is to use gravity and get one of the mounds. You can do a lot of different things with these. These mounds are easy to move around. You get them in their stance, nice balanced position. You have them do their load, and when they transfer, gravity should help move their body down the hill with them to get to that front side. Meanwhile, it makes it harder to stay back here and get locked in and stuck on that back foot. Just using the mound and the gravity will help them. Obviously, you have to teach them along, coach them along, make sure they’re getting there, make sure they’re getting here.

And then you can actually take some swings. Additionally, you can set the tee up right here and take some swings off the tee. Make sure they’re doing it. You can do front toss. You can do everything. Just be careful when you do these. Make sure that they’re not setting up too far on the back of the mound that they could fall off. Make sure they’re not too far forward that they’re going to fall off when they’re swinging too far backwards. Obviously, safety comes first. Make sure they’re centered in the middle of the mound doing that efficiently. Again, you can do it through all phases of the swing.

BVSA Teaches: Down the Mound Drill

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