Coaches in any and all other interest people I would like to invite you to drop by the BATCO booth at any of the conventions coming up in January. BATCO will be at the ABCA, Mohegan Sun, and the Colorado high school clinics in January and certainly would invite you to drop by and talk baseball and softball always enjoyable pastime.
Then if there is equipment or advice that BATCO can provide would be more than happy to do that and will have several show specials along the way.
Then BATCO is pleased to announce that its owner-- Arnald Swift-- has been nominated and will be inducted into the Colorado High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame on January 22 in Denver congratulations --- Arnald.
Coach Swift with late Scouting legend Julian Mock (left) and Coach Jabo Jordan (right)
We at BATCO have been working for the last two years to create a batting cage that's easy to use, durable, and stable for on the field hitting. So that any team from youth,'s girls softball, baseball, even college teams could use.. We believe we've come up with that product and have field-tested it extensively from the college level to the youth
Please take a look at this YouTube link to see it in action and get full description. We have this cage and use from Florida to California with high schools all of which think it's exceptional because of its ease-of-use. A note of recommendation here softball teams like it especially because it goes on there feels through normal pass gate and girls can handle it, putting it any place on the field they like.
I would invite you to take a look at the YouTube
and think about it fitting your needs.
then you can see the full description on the website -
Simms TX baseball with the BATCO Home Plate Cage
Coach Arnald Swift BATCO
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
Video worth a 1000 words.
link at - http://www.bat-co.com/collections/batting-cages-1/products/batco-home-plate-batting-cage then check out being used on YouTube --- https://youtu.be/KYAcvGBHwsc
We are very proud of the cage for it easy of use, durability, and high versatility. We have been developing this for the past two years to give coaches a on field batting cage that can be used easily and quickly by any age player.
One of the many uses is highlighted by the junior-college softball team in Missouri that got it because it was able to close up and be able to move in and onto the field through a normal gate, and with softball players doing the work. I would like to quote the coach " we purchase the cage because it was perfect for our situation as a big hitting turtle could not fit through the small gate we have for our fence".
This cage is now in full production and ready for coaches and players to use. It's a new cage but it's all the old problem.
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.
Plus see other videos on Ytube:
Dear BATCO Baseball and Softball Friends:
We at BATCO want to say Happy Holidays
We at bat-co.com would like to thank you for chance to serve you in 2015, it has been our pleasure.
Special Offer to everyone: The factory mistake on BATTERS STANCE MAT both green and clay 6x12 with batter box and home plate. These mats are 1st quality material the mistakes are in the home plates, lines, streaks in the turf but because of their mistake we can get a STANCE MAT with batter’s box, and home plate for $250.00 (FREE SHIP). These are normally $359.00 plus shipping.
There are a limited amount!!
We are always here to help. There is one more offer that might interest you, ALL products on bat-co.com have a 10% discount when you fill in the coupon box at check out.
Hope to see all and talk to all of you in 2016 or see you on the field.
To you and yours happy times on the Holiday Days coming up.
Coach Arnald Swift BATCO and BBT SSD
BATCO once again will be in attendance at many of the countries leading conventions for both baseball and softball. And we certainly welcome any and all coaches, parents, instructors, or just interested parties to stop by. We're going to attend the Las Vegas show the first weekend in December, then in January we will be at the ABCA in Nashville, next weekend will be the Colorado baseball coaches show in Denver, following weekend were going to attend the Mohegan Sun out there in Connecticut, then finish up for five days with The Best You Can Be convention now being held in Atlantic City New Jersey.
These are all shows we been to a regular basis, and on that note good like to offer the Christmas special and coaches special that we always do to our vendors and direct customers. In the month of November, December, in January you can purchase the BATCO cage at its regular advertised price and receive free shipping in the continental United States.
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.
Had a coach ask why should I have a BATCO cage, and what are the details to consider besides the price.
The article at the bottom of the page address all the points but as bullet points below give you an idea what to consider.
- Use of cage in shared spaces.
- How to use
- Value of the cage
- Coach discussion on why to have a BATCO
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.