Most batting tees are adjustable to fit various tee ball players’ heights. Just because the tee ball stand adjusts, doesn’t mean we always know what to height adjust it too. I’ve seen coaches adjust the tee higher so players hit up on the ball. Others lower the tee, forcing the players to hit down on the ball. Some coaches alter the tee up or down to help the batter make better contact. Depending on your situation any of these techniques may work for you and your batters.
If your intent is to teach baseball, which includes a proper batting swing, then be sure to adjust the batting tee to the level that teaches the best swing. The ideal t-ball level that teaches the proper swing is just above belt level. The tee ball tee should be adjusted to the player, so the top of the tee ball tee is level with the top of the belt. With the proper stance, weight transfer, back foot pivot (squish the bug) and a level swing, the batting tee at belt height helps build a foundation for proper swinging mechanics and development.
You can consider making minor adjusts up or down to assist batters who are struggling make contact with the ball. Once contact is made consistently start moving the tee back toward belt height. Give this a try at your next tee ball batting practice.
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