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This local baseball academy will grow 100% this year, and expand to China

When Cade Griffis walked across the stage at D-BAT's annual franchise owners meeting, the CEO was overwhelmed at how many faces he saw in the crowd.

"Wow," he thought. "This has really, really grown. And next year, it will be even bigger."

Griffis started D-BAT in 1998 with his brother Kyle Griffis and Craig Penfold. D-BAT is an indoor baseball and softball training academy that offers private lessons and camps for young players looking to improve. While the average customer is 12 years old, D-BAT has many older customers that will just come in to hit balls like you would shoot hoops at the YMCA. The academy boasts several major leaguers as alums, including Dallas native and Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

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Attention New Baseball Coaches: Baseball Drills for the First Practice

Whether you had experience as a baseball or softball player or are just eager to spend time with your child on the field, coaching a baseball or softball team is no small task. Even more tricky – coaching a team of novice players with little-to-no baseball experience. 

If you are just beginning to coach baseball or softball, incorporate these baseball drills into your practice time for quick results and improvement:

Fundamentals First

Once a new player learns a bad habit – whether that is throwing the ball incorrectly, an improper batting stance, and so forth, that can be tricky to overcome. When coaching a new team, start the first practice with 45 minutes of simple fundamental

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Teachable Moments: 5 Ways to Critique Effectively

In the game of baseball, there are a lot of rules. Lot of strategy. Lots of “if this, then do this” situations.

At D-BAT’s premier baseball training facilities in Texas, we’ve learned that there are ways to deliver criticism and critiques that can improve a players game and effect them positively – not tear them down. Whether you are a parent or a coach, use these strategies to improve your baseball player’s game:

1.   Ask Permission

When a player is in the heat of the game, frustrated with himself or the world, it’s important to know when to offer advice. Many times, all it takes is asking a player if they’d like advice or a tip, in order to get them to be more receptive to the idea. Asking permission before offering input helps the player feel valuable and like their opinion matters.

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Three Common Batting Mistakes and How to Fix Them

At D-BAT’s premier baseball training facilities one of the number #1 complaints is that my child is not batting to their full potential.

There can be many reasons for this, but D-BAT has pinpointed 3 very common batting mistakes we’ve seen in our private batting lessons and how to fix them:

1.   Premature Wrist Roll

This occurs when a player rolls their wrist over before making contact with the ball, meaning the upper-hand is palm down and the upper-hand is palm up. The result: lots of weak grounders, particularly to the player’s pull side. 

How to Fix It: Using a Swingaway device or a batting tee, isolate the upper body movement and practice swinging through the ball slowly, with the proper technique in place. Notice the difference in loft when the ball is hit prior to a wrist roll.

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