DRAG BUNTING

Athletic Starting Stance

The drag bunter sets up in a balanced athletic stance. The feet are spread outside the shoulders with weight on the inside. The knees are slightly bent. The core is tucked which positions the head out over the feet. The front shoulderis underneath the chin. The head is positioned so that both eyes can see the pitcher. The hands are positioned outside, above, and close to the back shoulder.

Cross Over Down In Zone

The drag bunter retains an athletic position crossing over with the back foot placing it in the inside corner of the front box. The knees are very flexed allowing the head to be well out over the feet. The hips are open and

the front shoulder is slighly closed. The top hand is at or above the grip for better bat control. The bat head is flat and behind the hands. The head is down and the chin is on the ball.

Middle Zone Contact

The drag bunter is in an athletic position. With the left foot postioned in the inside corner, the legs are flexed so the upper body and head can be positioned well outside the feet. As the left foot touches the ground, contact is made. To bunt down third, the barrel is behind the hands which are inside the ball. The arms remain flexed allowing for inside contact. To bunt down first, the barrel is out in front of the hands so contact can be made to the outside part of the ball. The arms are extended more allowing for proper contact. The head and chin remain down towards the ball.

Step Back/Cross Over

The drag bunter, in a balanced athletic position steps directly back and on the balls of her front foot about 12 inches away from her back foot. As her front foot touches down, the back foot releases in preparation to cross over and the top hand slides to the top of the grip for better bat control. The shoulder remains underneath the chin and both eyes are on the pitchers release point.

Cross Over Up In Zone

The drag bunter retains an athletic position crossing over with the back foot placing it in the inside corner of the front box. The knees are slighltly flexed keeping the body more upright but still out over the feet. The hips are open and the front shoulder is slighly closed. The top hand is at or above the grip for better bat control. The bat head is above and behind the hands. The head is down and the chin is on the ball.

Top Zone Contact

The drag bunter is in an athletic position. With the left foot postioned in the inside corner, the upper body and head is positioned more upright but still outside the feet. As the left foot touches the ground, contact is made. To bunt down third, the barrel is behind the hands which are inside the ball. The arms remain flexed allowing for inside contact. To bunt down first, the barrel is out in front of the hands so contact can be made to the outside part of the ball. The arms are extended allowing for proper contact. The head and chin remain down towards the ball.

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