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Re: If bat speed is the holy grail of hitting....

Posted by: Sam () on Wed Mar 7 16:35:37 2007

"somethings going on here that we do not yet understand"- you got that right! Which part of these are "8 Year olds" did not sink in with respondents? Where does the need for Batspeed come into play in an "8 year old" baseball league?

Come on guys! Somehow I can't see coach pitch or kid pitch blowing it by hitters because they have poor batspeed. Look, a big 8 year old in ANY league using just their arms (considering mechanics was not mentioned or factored into the original post or RESPONSES) when/if they make contact will "almost always" hit it further than any smaller, even more athletic kid. And somehow we are debating there is some magical oversight to this wonderment?
Chris O - sorry but you lost some credibility on here just by responding to this one and completely missing these questions are based on observations of 8 year olds!

> I have noticed while watching my son's 8 year old little league team that all the best power hitters his age seem to be meatier kids. Borderline fat. Notice that I didn't say strong or muscular. Just husky. This interests me because bat speed is all the rage now, and you would think that a huskier kid's meaty arms would be slower coming around, not faster. Many do not seem to have quick bat speed at all, but hit a ton! There is something going on here and it seems to go along with the observation that many big hitters seem to swing better with a heavier bat, when you would think that the reverse would be true if pure bat speed was the holy grail of hitting. I'm not saying that bat speed is not important, just that somethings going on here that we do not yet understand. Your thoughts on the subject are appreciated.


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