The Making of a Hitter is a how to teach hitting book. Adults interested in how to communicate the fundamentals of baseball hitting will find all the answers in this proven and practical instructional book.
Former major leaguer Jack Perconte uses his 19 years of teaching baseball to give coaches a systematic approach to teaching every aspect of hitting in a manner that kids can understand and achieve. The Making of a Hitter helps coaches improve their communication of these fundamentals to players by giving the how, what, when, where and why to teach. Included are over 130 photos to assist hitters and coaches and over 50 hitting drills to teach the correct mechanics.
Offering tips for every level of player, from little league to the major leagues, this guide not only shows players how to hit but also shows parents and coaches how to teach hitting. Presenting techniques drawn from the author's years of experience as a coach and a Major League baseball player, the manual provides an in-depth description of the drills, habits, and lessons critical to a successful future. In addition to providing highly detailed instruction on the fundamentals, the guide reveals how to develop a good mental approach and confidence in every hitter.
Touching the Bases on the Diamond of Life,
In a major league career from 1980-1986 with the Dodgers, Indians, Mariners and White Sox, infielder Jack Perconte hit a pair of round-trippers. But he smacks one out of the park and into the parking lot with this outstanding book - The Making of a Hitter: A Proven and Practical Step-by-Step Baseball Guide.
"My definition of power to most young hitters was made with the question, 'Can you hit a solid ground ball that can get through the infield?'" Perconte says. "If the hitter can consistently do that then they have power."
In nearly 20 years Perconte has given around 60,000 lessons for players of all ages and abilities. The 11 chapters and Drills Summary deliver a holistic approach to hitting, with practice tips for players as young as the age of four. "Fundamentals are fundamentals - they don't change from a big leaguer or the little leaguer," Perconte writes. "(Teaching the strike zone) should begin at an early age."
He initially discusses bat size, gripping the bat, plate positioning, feet alignment and balance before delving into the complete swing through words and photographs. The most common problems are clearly explained and Perconte includes a wealth of drills that includes the use a hitting tee or multiple tees, a weighted bat, balance beam, towel and a bench, which is aptly called the "timber drill." Perconte says: "Baseball is a game of repetition - challenges and variety erase boredom."
For parents and family members, Perconte discusses how to positively support the young player. He provides direction on how to teach, which he focuses on a "Caring Coach," who gives each player a chance to compete well through a variety of games and contests. "Notice I didn't say a knowledgeable coach," Perconte writes. "I've seen players improve tremendously without much instruction just by being challenged by a coach who cares.
"Leaving the game for playing and using practices for coaching is one of the keys to having focused players."
A latter section on the mental aspect is a vital tool for coaches of older players. Perconte mentions a tennis book, probably Tim Gallway's The Inner Game of Tennis, that actually helped him with focus at the plate while playing pro ball. "The game wasn't designed so the pitcher can throw the ball by you," he says, "so stay back and trust your swing."
This is truly a hands-on guide which could be used by a team during practices throughout a season or as a means for parents to guide themselves and their child in the life-skills of positive education. "Knowledge creates confidence - the good coach is the knowledge creator," Perconte writes. "We had a rule at our camps that the only players who could yell at a fellow camper were the players who had never made an error or never struck out before.
"That usually would quiet up the players and keep them accountable for their own play and not criticizing everybody else's play."
And while the book is an excellent teaching guide on hitting a baseball for players at all ability levels and being a successful coach and teacher on and off the field, Perconte will be expanding the latter in an upcoming book, Raising an Athlete. "A universal sports definition of `keeping things in perspective' is necessary because the meaning of perspective can be different for different people," he says.
Perconte's definition of "keeping it in perspective" includes the following:
1. People always keeping in mind the age of the players
2. The physical and emotional health of the child is always most important
3. Sports are only games and one aspect of many aspects of a child's life, and not the most important one
4. Always remembering that it is the players' career and not the adults'
5. Understanding that competition creates emotions but these emotions should never over ride good judgment about the four previous points.
It is not too soon for players and coaches to start spring training...for the game that is played on the diamond of life.
Perconte Hits a Home Run
Jack Perconte played seven years of Major League Baseball where he posted a .270 batting average. After retiring in 1987, Perconte opened a baseball academy in Illinois where he has given 60,000 hitting lessons to aspiring ball players. Perconte knows what it takes to be a good hitter and how to teach good hitting habits. //The Making of a Hitter// is a step-by-step guide to learning the ins-and-outs of hitting with a special emphasis on guiding parents and coaches to become better teachers for children trying to play a difficult game.
Perconte's philosophy is that the best way for kids to learn the correct fundamentals of hitting is to learn from parents and coaches with positive reinforcement and much dedication and practice. Perconte believes, "You can tell hitters a thousand times what they are doing wrong, but they will not be able to solve the problem until they put in the work and develop the correct muscle memory." Mike Scioscia, L.A. Angels Manager and Springfield, Pennsylvania native, writes in the forward that "this book is the best I've seen to help coaches (and dads)." With an emphasis on making baseball more enjoyable for children, this book hits a home run!