once again I would like to introduce and promote the BATCO home plate cage.. This cage is proving to be quite popular, especially with the softball teams. We have sold several of them recently to softball teams for the specific reason that girls can handle it, iit can going on and off the field through a normal gate.
I couldn't say any better than the coach down in Florida set it when he wrote me --" this cages been the best thing we ever bought, not one ball is left the playing field into the parking lot or the road and my girls can open and close it in less than two minutes now.. We distort up against the fence until game time. It's always there during practice"
I would like to think that coach and several others from the college level down the high school that have begun using this cage and certainly enjoyed it because it is durable does what it says and easy to use..
If you would take a look at it in action on YouTube at --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd8acMIenTo
this is a high school in Colorado it's had this cage for two years now.
Please take a look and give BATCO a call it will be worth your time if you're looking for a cage to use on the field that's easy to set up and use, put away, and move around.
Coach Arnald Swift BATCO
We at BATCO (http://bat-co.com) would like to show you a new home plate batting cage that can be set up in 2 minutes and put away in 2 minutes, can be placed any where on the field, finally store upright in less than 1 foot thick area.
We have tested this and used it at local high school, recreation district, and the University of Notre Dame with great results. We believe that it is a solution to you on field or field house cage needs. Easy, quick, durable, versatile all the criteria that you are looking for in an on field batting cage.
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BATCO, would like to tell you about a super cage special. I have acquired 4 poly cages 70 ft long and 14ft wide, 12ft high. These cages come with doors and baffle nets behind the batter.
BATCO would like to offer them at 1/2 price and free ship. They would be perfect of the budget and get a cage up and running for you and your players use.
Take a look at them at this link and then call to get a better price and free shipping.
SPECIAL OFFER CAGES: http://www.bat-co.com/collections/batco-clearance/products/new-custom-cage-client-refused-now-you-save?variant=935281971
Net only (frame seperate)
BATCO is pleased to join with Stalker radar guns for any and all sport uses. Stalker radar guns are the premium gun within the sport market. They have guns that will work in any situation in any sport.
BATCO is extremely proud of the full line of Stalker radar guns that we carry from the inexpensive (but very good) to the Pro model used by the top baseball and softball people. Both stalker and BATCO guarantee the precision, accuracy, and full use of the radar gun.
If you have need for a radar gun then Stalker and BATCO are where you need to be with your purchase.
4 Ways to Hit the Change Up
While all pitchers want to throw faster, all batters fear the Change Up!
Ask most batters what pitch they hate the most and they’ll no doubt say the Change Up. Not falling for that crazy pitch is hard so make sure you if you struggle with it then keep these 4 tips in mind.
You’d think it would be easy hitting something that goes SLOW, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. From a batter’s point of view waiting on a change up is much harder than being quick enough to handle a pitchers speed. The problem for a batter comes when you let your weight drift forward onto your front foot before you recognize the pitch’s speed. Doing so causes you to use all her power before you uses your hands, so all you can do is swat at the ball without putting any body behind it, resulting in a pop up, a weak groundball or a swing and miss.
Before we look at the 4 methods for hitting the change up let’s talk about how to detect the speed of the pitch as soon as possible. When it comes to hitting a change up you need to Recognize It and Practice It. Start to recognize the change up by standing in during pitching practice whenever your pitchers are working on their change ups. You won’t swing, you’ll simply stand in and when the pitcher releases the ball, as soon as possible you should say either “fast” or “change” whenever you know what speed the pitch will be. Pitchers need to practice change ups more than they do so combining pitching and hitting practice is killing two birds with one stone.
As far as practicing hitting change ups go, probably the simplest drill to do is something I just call Fast – Slow. It’s done with either your coach or a teammate tossing front toss about 10-15 feet in front of you. The tosser will randomly toss a straight-fast one and then a high angled-slow one (almost like slow pitch). I know that change ups don’t really angle up like that but it just helps exaggerate the point and helps you learn to detect even the slightest change in approach angle of the ball. This drill will really help you see the different speeds of the pitches. When you do this drill, use whichever of the following 4 methods for hitting the change up that seems to work the best for you.
Bunt It – Some players are able to recognize the change up and keep their hands in a position that allows them to bunt it. This is something that you should practice but just be aware you wouldn’t want to do it with 2 strikes.
Forget It – This is probably the most common method for hitting the change up, and that’s to simply forget it – or, watch it go by – until you get 2 strikes. Hitting a change up is not a high percentage situation for you so this method says don’t try to hit it until you have to – which is with 2 strikes.
The Anchor – This method has you drag your back foot forward once you’ve realized it’s a change up. Much like throwing out an anchor, this method helps you put the brakes on your forward weight shift allowing you to stay behind the ball as much as possible.
Squeeze the Knees – This one is similar to the Anchor method, and has you squeeze your knees together as soon as you realizes it’s a change up. Again, this technique is intended to you slow down your forward weight shift and helps you keep your weight behind the ball instead of drifting forward and getting out on your front foot too soon. When you try this try to avoid squatting down with your knees, instead, keep your legs tall and simply squeeze the back knee into the front one.
As always BATCO tries to keep up with its clients and coaches request and demands. We are happy to announce that we have now become a representative of Hack Attack Pitching Machines. Hack Attach, has become one of the leading brands of pitching machines with many colleges, high schools and professional teams using the machine. American-made has become recognizable top end pitch machine. I had the privilege of seeing it in several major-league camps this past spring, when I was visiting spring training.
BATCO is happy to be partnered with Hack Attack and welcomes all coaches to compare and it one of the best machines on the market.