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The position your talking about when the bat is parallel to the ground is called "Bat Lag". Every good hitter has to get to this position just before contact. They then release the wrist '"Unhinge" and the hands end up above the barrel of the bat at contact. It is a slightly upward swing the creates a rising line drive. That is what you want your hitter to do when they hit the ball.
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Yes sir!  Bat lag and I call the "unhinge", "releasing the barrel".
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I agree with what your saying but the part your leaving out here how to correct this problem at the youth level. The correction is to teach them how to put some tension in the arms and instead of pushing with the back hand have them pull with the bottom hand across their chest. This will stop the hands from dropping. If your pulling them across they cannot go down.
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Pulling with the bottom hand is a great way to get the barrel to the ball properly -thanks for the comment.  You are absolutely correct.
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One of the things I am seeing more and more of in softball in the past 10 years are arm and shoulder issues with pitchers due to over use. All of the softball organizations need to start considering a limit to the number of pitches or number of innings a pitcher is allowed to pitch on a given weekend at a tournament. Not only will it save the arms and shoulders of a lot of young ladys. It will promote the development of more pitchers and will level the playing field at the tournament level. That way no coach can ride the arm of one stud pitcher through the majority of the tournaments. There have been studies done in the past on the stress that windmill pitching does to the shoulder and arm but the softball organizations seem to ignore those findings and continue to allow coaches to abuse the arms of their pitcher all for the sake of a plastic trophy at the end of a weekend tournament. I consider this to be the biggest issue that goes unaddressed in the sport. We will do everything we can to make sure a bat is legal and within limits so it wont injure a player from a hit ball. Yet the governing bodies of softball do not seem to care if a young players career is cut short due to overuse by a coach or and over zealous parent who wants their daughter on the mound every game. Its time to really look at limits for pitchers in softball. Just one mans opinion.  
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+Dana Maggs that's a great question. I'm really not sure. As a coach, I try to reduce the chances of it happening. As a parent, Ido what I can so my daughters get training that helps balance their body and helps prevent overuse injuries.

The strength & conditioning coach they have right now is very good at seeing where they are imbalanced and assigns them specific exercises to help correct it (in addition to their regular training).

As a mom, I'm not leaving the health and safety of my girls in ASA's hands!
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My name is Dana Maggs. I own and run Excel Hitting and Pitching in Flower Mound Texas. I am a full service coach and I coach Boys as well as Girls. I have more softball players than baseball players but it is starting to even out. I teach Hitting and Pitching as well as fielding and throwing technique. I have also taught slapping and catching. Gary Leland and I have been acquaintances for several years through mutual contacts in softball. I am happy to be here in support of any and all his efforts to support softball.
 
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Sadly its not a perfect world. Not even close. I have students who throw way to often on a weekend just to get a little plastic trophy and Dad and Mom can get a bill from the orthopedic doctor. :(
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So in other words your not teaching these kids how to hit like the best hitters in the world? The MLB swing.  Who also have an "Upper" swing.
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Actually Dana....that is absolutely false.  A few MLB players have upper swings...all or nothing guys.  And, usually these are the 250lbs + guys.  For the rest of the MLB hitters, they are "down thru contact" hitters.  It is simple physics.  If you want to throw the ball over the fence from home plate....do you have a better chance to do so by throwing underhand (top spin) or by throwing it overhand (back spin.)  That answer should be obvious.  So, the way to drive the ball is to have the bat come down thru contact (unless you are 250lbs.)  So, what we teach is to prevent negative momentum with that back elbow....which starts by amateur coaches teaching the wrong thing (forcing the back elbow up.)  It should be a natural feel.
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Hello my name is Dana Maggs. I am the owner of Excel Hitting and Pitching in Flower Mound Texas. I am a full service Softball and Baseball coach. I teach hitting, pitching, fielding, throwing, slapping and catching. Have been both a baseball and softball coach and have now moved to full time instruction. I have known Gary for several years and am glad to be able to come on here and support him in anything softball. You can find me on facebook at Excel Hitting and Pitching.
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Welcome to the group Dana, please spread the word.
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