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Help! I want to play Softball in College.

Friday, August 29, 2008 by Anonymous

I'm 16 and on an 18 Gold team. My goal is to play softball in college. I am a right handed batter. I am having a problem in the batters box with what my travel coach calls "happy feet", what he means is that I am moving both of my feet in the batters box. I don't even realize that I am doing it during a game. I don't do it during practice with my team or with my hitting coach. My travel coaches tell me to keep my feet still (during games) but then all I can think about is keeping my feet still and I end up using my arms, no hip and I pop up or strike out. I'm so frustrated that I have even stopped swinging hard, or all the way through because I am so unsure of what my feet are doing. I just can't seem to wait on the ball. I used to be a great power hitter until this year. My high school coach wouldn't even put me in the batting line up during district play because she didn't think I was going to be able to hit the ball. She said my batting style wouldn't work with fast pitchers. Our high school team only scored 6 runs total for all 12 games (5A school). I figured I must really look bad if she won't even put me in and it's time to make a big change because I am sitting way to much. There are other coaches in my past who have also told me that I move my feet around in the batters box during games, they never told me to fix it and it just didn't seem to be a problem before, I've always had a high batting average and have been in the 3 or 4 spot. Is it because the pitching has more movement on it now or because it is faster? I have lost all of my confidence and still can't figure out how to fix it. My dad just started video taping me batting and I see where I am moving both feet. The question is... what do I do to fix this problem, I am willing to do anything to be able to hit again. None of my coaches seem to have a solution, they just tell me to stop moving my feet and relax. I really am relaxed when I move around because I don't even know I'm doing it. Are there any drills that I can do to fix my Happy feet? I know, long email, HELP! I love softball and just want to hit again! I know I will end up sitting this summer if I can't hit and this is an important time for college recruiting.


June 29, 2009 at 8:13 PM

Frozen Ropes Staff says:

The happy feet may be your internal rhythm or outward sign of relaxing while in the batters box. Replace your moving feet with a bat waggle; move the bat back and forth or in a circular motion to replace the happy feet. As you enter the box, look down, talk to your feet and dig into the dirt a bit further as a reminder to stay grounded during your swing. We have had success with hitters happy feet by suggesting that the cleats are removed for batting practice so you can really "feel" your feet in your hitting set-up. Tough without seeing your swing but make sure you are not going to get the ball with your body. The bat makes contact and should be aggressive; your body stops moving after the stride part of your swing is completed.

"Thank you thank you thank you. I will dig in and talk to my feet. I haven't tried that. I'm also going to go without cleats during batting practice and concentrate on my hitting set up and hip. I'm in Houston and loo
September 14, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Tiger Dad says:

If you are in Houston, the new Frozen Ropes is now open in Katy

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