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Friday, June 27
WELCOME TO HRFT

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NEW MOVIE..............The Power of Pulling Together


GO TO the LINKS PAGE    or

Copy/Paste the Link below into your browser:

http://www.pullingtogethermovie.com/store


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CONTACT ME AT: coachbrown51@hotmail.com


Welcome to HRFT. The purpose of this page is

to help players of any age and ability

improve their game. Coaches are welcome to

do the same.

         

" Nobody can prevent you from choosing to be exceptional."


               

" Your thoughts determine what you want.
                   Your actions determine what you get."

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HITTING INSTRUCTION
                     Individual, Group and Team Hitting Instruction
                     available in the Pittsburgh, PA area.
                     e-mail for more information

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RECRUITING REALITIES

                        Learn the rules and the process of recruiting. If you want to compete at the next level you MUST check this out.

http://www.recruitingrealities.com/

ALSO on LINKS PAGE

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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> MOVIES <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
GO TO THE LINKS PAGE TO SEE A COLLECTION OF SHORT MOVIES THAT WILL ENABLE YOU TO

STAY MOTIVATED IN YOUR PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE.

   
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The position of the hands/bat when the stride touches down is the first critical element in the swing sequence.

Most hitters move the top half of the body as soon as the ball of the front foot hits the ground. This is not good. It places the hitter in a position where:

1.        Front shoulder is much higher than the back shoulder

2.        Hands have dropped or moved forward.

This is not an ideal position to see the ball and also to launch the bat.


The typical major league hitter, in slow motion video, when the stride foot lands has:
Ø        Front Shoulder slightly lower than back shoulder or level shoulders.

Ø        Hands are back with the bat angle between a one o'clock or two o'clock angle.

The lower body (front knee) moves toward the ball The lower body (front knee) moves toward the ball while the hands stay back. This creates Torque.

It is extremely important to notice how major league hitters use their hands "last" in the hitting sequence.


The stride foot plant and the lower body upper body rotation begin BEFORE the hands release.

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                            MOVIES:


            ALL OF THE MOVIES CAN BE FOUND ON THE LINKS PAGE.

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                HITTING FLAW: DROPPING THE HANDS

"Early Hand Movement Causes An Uppercut or Bad Timing"

A VERY DIFFICULT HABIT TO CORRECT.

"Dropping the Hands" before the swing is the cause of this flaw. The hitter is guilty of letting the hands drop too soon or to drop below the hitter's normal "launch" position.

The results of this type swing are:
1.        Hitting the bottom half of the ball causing frequent POP-UP OUTS.
2.        Hitter strikes out often because of bad timing caused by "bad hand travel" before the pitch.
3.        The batter may also make contact with the ball's extreme "top" causing weak dribblers just in front of the plate.

Suggestions For Correcting This Hitting Flaw!

1.        Keep The hands high at approximately the top of the strike zone

2.        Know where your perfect "LAUNCH POSITION" is and keep your hands close to that location.
             Never let your hands go below this point.
            
             You should always "work" through or down to the ball.


COACHING POINT: Make sure that your hitter is not over striding thus causing the whole body to drop during the swing (including the eyes and hands.)

Have your hitters perfect:
                         A short compact stride and...
                        
                         A short compact swing.


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THE ULTIMATE ACT OF SPORTSMANSHIP
                                 Check this out on the LINKS page or HANDOUTS.
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A NEW LINK:

                MOTIVATION IN A MINUTE

You can see short movies to inspire and motivate. If you choose, you can buy them at this site.


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HITTING TIP

            HITTING CHECKPOINTS FOR A GREAT SWING

GO TO the HANDOUTS SECTION and see this article. You can read it and use it for future reference.

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COLLEGE MAJOR and CAREER PROFILES

http://click.collegeboard.com:80/98932678.59547.0.25315

ACTION PLANS: What steps do I take to be prepared for college?

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/plan/action/juniors.html

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FINANCIAL AID...Are you getting ready for college? You REALLY need to know and understand the "language" used in the Financial Aid process.

COPY and PASTE the web site below into your browser and explore the content:

http://www.sparknotes.com/college/financial/page1.html

I hope this will eliminate the mystery for all concerned.

OR:
         Go to the HRFT LINKS page and click on the link for

FINANCIAL AID LANGUAGE...
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                COLLEGE BOARD QUESTION OF THE DAY

Go To LINKS....
CLICK CBQOD and you are given a sample question to help prepare for the SAT.

REMEMBER: There is a new question every day.Check back with HRFT on a daily basis.
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PITCHERS: A new LINK has been added that will take you to Olympic Gold Medal Winner Michele Smith's web site. She discusses main points of pitching from Beginners to Advanced.Go To the LINKS page. See for yourself if it can help you.
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" A good coach will make you a better player. A great coach will make you a better person."
                                                
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"I think it's easy to see yourself as what you are and not as what you can become."
                               Jeff Long FORMER ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, U. of Pittsburgh
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         COACHES: Remember this adage when dealing with your players:

"I hear and I forget...I see and I remember...I do and I understand."

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                         " IF IT'S TO BE, IT'S UP TO ME."

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                " You are the only one who can use your ability."

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    Check out the LINKS and see some successful college programs. Find out how-to prepare for the SAT's. Learn about financing your college education and more.      

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Look on the NEWS PAGE for a monthly tip.

    If you have any questions please e-mail them to me and I'll answer them ASAP.

                         coachbrown51@hotmail.com
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          GO TO THE LINKS PAGE
You can find:
         -How-to become a member of HRFT

         -information pertaining to skills

improvement...see HANDOUTS

         - learn about the recruiting process

         - Link to sites designed for female athletes


***** Use the HANDOUTS Section for articles on individual skills improvement.Please be patient...it will take a short time to load. Then you can download and print them for future reference.

         - Discover the importance of Motivation in performance...see QUOTES TO MOTIVATE.

         - Find sport-specific Fitness and Training Tips and programs.

         

         - Ask any questions you have about the game of fastpitch...send to Coach Brown at

                         coachbrown51@hotmail.com

         - Suggest ways this site can better serve your needs. HRFT is ALWAYS under construction.

    We can do this by communicating with each other via this medium.Please feel free to explore our site.

    PLEASE sign our Guestbook!

PLEASE click on
                The TIPS and DRILLS Section.


Have FUN and enjoy yourself!!!!!!!!!

                               Coach Brown
                                                          coachbrown51@hotmail.com







   



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HITTING LESSONS

HITTING INSTRUCTION
                     Individual, Group and Team Hitting Instruction
                     available in the Pittsburgh, PA area.
                     
e-mail for more information:

coachbrown51@hotmail.com          OR CALL

412-613-9194


   
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