Be The Momentum's Emily Allard and Kristin Scharkey are excited to announce the launch of their Instructional Video Series, all-inclusive online training courses for slappers (or coaches) looking to take their game to the next level. Led by two of the game's top slapping instructors, each course offers in-depth insight into fundamental mechanics, soft slapping versus hard slapping, mental decision-making and more.
The first course, Start with a Solid Foundation - Fundamentals, will take participants through the proper fundamentals of slapping, from footwork to starting position in the batter’s box. Viewers will learn the correct mechanics behind the three tools of slapping - soft slap, hard slap and bunting - and the strategies behind each tool. Plus, bonus drills and live demos! Only 25 spots are available for the first round of 30-day access!
Curriculum for the 40-minute course is as follows:
Video 1: Footwork
Here, we debunk the common misconceptions about slapping fundamentals, beginning with where to start in the box. Learn about the correct lower body mechanics to set slappers up for success, even before they hit the ball. Ever been out on a bang-bang play? You’ll want to watch this.
Video 2: Slapping stance
Moving from the lower body to upper body, understand the proper positioning for slappers no matter which tool they use. Elbow mechanics and core engagement are crucial to executing any slap, and we’ll teach you exactly how those pieces fit together.
Video 3: Soft slap
Be The Momentum teaches three tools for slappers, and this is the first to utilize in your arsenal. How slappers “get on top” is a crucial key to the soft slap and we’ll talk about the correct bat angle and contact point as well as when and how to use it. This tool is crucial in opening up holes and putting pressure on the defense.
Video 4: Hard slap
One of the most misunderstood aspects of slapping, this tool is broken down to teach you the correct fundamentals such as bat angle, contact point, target and swing. Learn to utilize this slap as a complementary skill to your full swing, as opposed to a fusion between the two.
Video 5: Bunting
Slappers should be showing bunt at least once a game, but it’s often one of the most under-practiced skills (yet always expected to be perfect!). Here, we’ll go through hand and barrel position, as well as incorporating the bunt as a lethal weapon instead of just a sacrifice.