Coaching Association of Canada

Helicopter Hit

Stage of Activity

All

EquipmentBats, cones, balls  
Time

10 - 15 minutes

Number of People

Unlimited

How it Works

Using a lightweight bat, the child stands sideways to the ball thrower. A cone or other object is placed behind the hitter, and to get in the “ready” position, the hitter has to have the end of the bat resting on the cone. A large, soft ball is tossed to the hitter so that it reaches the hitter at hip height, and the hitter tries to swing the bat like a helicopter blade to strike the ball. Any variant of baseball can incorporate this activity. Systematically move to smaller balls, and eventually remove the cone. The key idea at this stage is to get the child to swing the bat horizontally.

Applications

Striking, agility, coordination

Modifications

Can be used in all environments: field, court, pool, snow, ice, gym.