Help! I want to play Softball in College.
Friday, August 29, 2008
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.