I thought it would be a great idea to post a couple fun hitting drills that I have done and still do when I put the bat back in my hands!! First and foremost, I love using the Axe Bat to help me with my hands! Since I have the smallest one (I think it is drop 12, 28 inches 16 oz), the bat is perfect for one arm drills. My bottom hand has always been my weakest link. I set up a tee, and really focus one arm drills and hand path through the ball! It is super helpful for me!
Here are two of my favorite drills!
To develop bat control and a short, quick swing. Stand approximately 22 feet away from the three fielders who position themselves two feet apart.
Hit the ball using a short, quick, downward stroke. Hit the ball sharply with one or two hops (ground balls) to the fielders. A fielder fields the ball and quickly tosses a half to three quarter speed pitch back to be hit. Hit the ball where it is pitched.
Preferably use four players in this drill and not more than five. Hit the inside pitch to the fielder to your left (for a right-handed batter). Hit the pitch in the middle to the fielder directly in front of you. Hit the outside pitch to the fielder to your right (for a right-handed batter).
To make the drill more difficult, use two softballs at once; keeping the hitter constantly ready to swing and fielders always heads-up.
Bounce in Front
To practice the hitting rhythm and the trigger and the learn to hit the ball at the top of the bounce.
The partner stands six feet to the side and three feet in front of the batter and tosses a tennis ball that bounces up into the strike zone in front of the plate.
As the ball bounces the batter "triggers" and gets her hands started into the swing. She waits until the ball is at the height of the bounce before swinging and driving it into a net.
Hope you guys find this helpful! And remember, you can find my new line at axebat.com!
Thanks for reading :)
On Monday I had the opportunity to visit JustBats.com to talk about the new 2015 Axe line!
We did a quick video shoot, took some photos and hit in the cages!
First off, I just want to send a HUGE thank you to Justbats for having me and Kirsten there!
The facility was absolutely stunning. They had a huge gym, a full basketball and volleyball court, and even my favorite... a ping pong table! On top of all of this, they have a full kitchen, where they prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner. I know Just Bats is known for "Bats" but the fact that they have all of this extra stuff, really is amazing. Their motto is to have the healthiest business in Kansas City, and by how they operate, I wouldn't be surprised if they really were the healthiest in the state.
I went there to represent Baden, and since JustBats is a huge supporter of the Axe Bat, I was able to do some really great videos on the new 2015 Axe Avenge and my brand new 2015 Danielle Lawrie bat! We started with a bunch of video work in the studio talking about the bat and then took a bunch of photographs! I then got to hit in the cage and use the bats while getting video taped live! Its been a little while since I swung, but it felt great to get back out there again.
All and all I had an amazing less-than-24-hour trip to Kansas City to check everything out. It was fun working and meeting some of their staff and I was happy to have someone from Baden and Axe Bat come to meet me and hang out!
Remember If your interested in the Axe, buy it here at axebat.com or feel free to check out at www.justbats.com!
I thought it was only right to do a brief blog this week on the incident that happened a couple days ago with North Central Texas Softball. When I got the news, I was absolutely devastated. Stuff like that should just not happen. My heart and prayers go out to those young girls lives who were lost: Meagan Richardson, Brooke Deckard, Katelyn Woodlee and Jaiden Pelton. My thoughts and prayers also go out to the others girls that were affected in this tragedy. It was an EXTREMELY sad day for the softball world when that happened.
As hard as it is to stay focused during this sad time, those girls will become closer then ever because they will have each others back through all of this. Its so hard to move forward after this type of incident, but those players would want their team to get back out there on the field and prepare themselves for a long season ahead. This beautiful game of ours pays us back in ways we can't even fathom - Keep that in perspective.
Please remember to hold your loved ones close and live day by day.
God bless all the families affected.
My Outlook on Healthy Eating
I thought I would write a short blog about healthy eating. Now-a-days, eating can make or break athletes. Honestly, it starts when you are a young child. You want to give your children the best opportunity for the future, and that means eating to live a long healthy life. An important rule to follow is to limit the amount of sugar. Try and find a way to get sugar from other things other then candy, candy bars, or sugar cereal. Fruit actually has a high amount of healthier sugars. Its important to get your kids into eating fruit at a young age and sometimes that can take over in the place of candy.
For me, when it comes to eating, I focus on everything in moderation. I use working out as my guide. The more I work out hard, the more I have to fuel my body in order to feel great in workouts. I also have to feed my body properly so that my body can utilize the food and help me become stronger. I have replaced my morning breakfast with a meal replacement shake packed with proteins, vitamins and everything you possibly need in the morning. I find having something like that allows me to feel fuller, longer. When it comes to my afternoon lunch, it depends on what I'm feeling. Sometimes I will have a sandwich other times I will have salad. For me, it just depends on my hunger. If I'm hungry, I eat. I just make sure I put healthy things in my body. In terms of moderation, it's ok to have ice cream, candy, and crap sometimes, as long as you only do it every once and a while. Have an 80/20 balance and things will be great. I also try and drink as much water as I can, and its usually around 75-80oz of water a day. It should be more, but sometimes I struggle with it.
Eating to perform on the field.
This is where people can take things to the extreme. I find that if I eat big giant meals the night before, or just before competition it makes me feel like I'm down in the dumps. I find eating protein based meals allows for me to get the best out of my body. Remember, EVERYONE is completely different with how they go about things. These are just things that make me feel good with going into competition. If I do plan on eating carbs, I will have a sandwich or something small. If I eat my carbs, it is after performance when I've thrown a 7 innings game or when I have had a really tough workout. You need your carbs in order to fuel your body, just make sure they are smart ones!
The food you put in your body, is the food your children put in theirs. Remember how important food and nutrition is. Now-a-days, children really can take a beating at school when it comes to their weight, that is why it is so important to give them the healthy life choices early on.
Remember, everything in moderation :)
These are just some tips that I base my life on, it is nothing you must follow by any means!
Thank you to everyone that took the time to read this! I appreciate you guys! ;)
I’m planning on doing a video blog once I get some free time to myself, but it sure has been a cluster since I got home! First off, what a cool way to end our 2014 NPF season! Such an amazing thing winning championships! It really humbles you and allows for you to realize how lucky you truly are. You’re getting the opportunity to compete with Olympians, gold medalists to boot, All Americans, and in all honesty the absolute best to take the field, gosh I was lucky!
Since I have been home, it has been a whirlwind! Unpacking 5 giant boxes, trying to get Miss Maddie on some sort of schedule, and also trying to give her a lot of attention. This little girl had around the clock service this summer. She was spoiled by my mother first off, but on top of that she had so many aunties within my teammates! I don’t think can give her as much attention as she has gotten over the course of the last 3 and a half months. I’m so thankful that she got that experience so little. I think being around so many people this past summer will really help her in the long run. My child could honestly be happy forever, so obviously this summer treated her good! She has more miles in her mini passport then some people do in their whole lives!
It has been interesting being back home. I thought I would have wanted to lay around and just relax since it was such a hectic summer, but is has been the opposite really. I have workouts scheduled every morning at a gym called Mama’s Moves. They watch your children while you do your workout classes which really allows you that time for yourself.
I have also been busy being down at the Cape for Labor Day weekend! Did I tell you how much Maddie LOVED the beach? It was her first time and she could have hung out there for hours. She loved every part of being free and being able to roam anywhere she wanted! I have also been busy meeting up with some friends and just getting that girl time again. This summer was for sure girl time, but there is a different kind of bond once you have a baby with other women that have children. It really is a whole new chapter in your life, and it is so great that a couple of my friends here in Boston have children as well. I’ve definitely been keeping busy being a wife and mother again. It was a long summer without my husband and Maddie’s dad around so it has been nice having him come home every night and spend time with Maddie girl!
I’m going to do a video blog next week on my whole reflection of this past season and my decisions for retirement. I tried it for this week, but I have been way too swamped to sit down even for 10 minutes and talk to a computer! SO you guys will have to wait until next week!
Thank you to you all that take the time out of your day to read these!
I thought I would write a short blog about my approach to how I get ready for pitching.
If I'm told I'm going to have a start in two days, I do a lot to get myself ready. I love being able to get a great sweat in the day before I'm going to throw. I will usually run foul poles. Basically I jog/sprint the warning track and get my heart rate really high, then let it drop back down and repeat. I run 10 poles total (so there and back on a baseball field is one). If I'm doing it on a softball field I would do a total of 20 poles (just because it is so short). After I get a good run in, I will always finish with some type of ab workout and push up circuit. The reason I love to get a good workout in a couple days before I pitch is more mental for me. Some people like to rest their legs before, but I like to really get my legs a lot of work in so I know there prepared to go to battle when I throw.
Everyone prepares very differently for a game. I wouldn't recommend going and running right before your going to start a game, but do whatever you need to do to get mentally ready! That's where it all starts! Getting the mind right!
Please feel free to post your questions that you would like me to answer in the upcoming blog weeks! Thanks again to everyone taking the time to read this!!
Working out is such a huge part to success, especially the older you get. It was a challenge for a couple months after I had Madison to figure out what I needed to do to get back into shape.
In college we always did tons of running and lifting, so I still incorporate a lot of that into my workouts. If I do any cardio it is either the elliptical for a little bit, or I will do some sprint work on a treadmill if I cannot get outside. There is a couple different workouts that I have absolutely loved that I recommend. First off I have done Insanity created by Shaun T (you can get that at beachbody.com or off of Amazon). Honestly, that was one of the hardest 3 months of my life doing that. It is circuit training and it lasts for about 45-60 minutes 6 days a week! If you want to get in shape and shed LBS quick - that is the workout for you! You definitely get mentally tested in it for sure.
The next series I have done (and loved) was also by Shaun T; it is called T25. It is a 5-day a week program that lasts 25 minutes a day! It incorporates strength, core, and circuit training. A very good workout for a mom on the go!
Lastly, I love just doing circuit training on my own! I found a really great workout on Fitnessblender on YouTube who does all different workouts, and I will do them when I have some free time! They fully explain the workout, and show you demos before you do it so you have a pretty good idea of what you are going to do! I recently found out about it and love it!
It is super important to stay active these days, even if it is getting out there for a walk, or putting yourself through a really tough workout! You feel amazing afterwards, and that is something that makes it all worth it!
Have a great Friday everyone and get active!
I was asked on twitter recently about some drills to help improve speed.
Being able to throw hard comes from a lot of different things. First off, it comes from having great mechanics. The better your mechanics are and the more fluid you are, the better chance you will have to throw hard. Yes, being very tall and lanky helps, but that is not the number one thing you need. There are plenty of pitchers out there that are below 6’0 that can throw the ball very hard.
One drill that I would recommend is long toss – this is a great way to help build up your arm strength and generate a lot of power from your legs. Remember that your legs are the power source that help get your body started, so really use them when you do this drill. Also, you are trying to get the ball to go up as high as you can and as far as you can, so you need to make sure that your body angle is correct when doing this.
Something else I would recommend, are focused workouts on lunges, squats and core- these are all things you really need to understand how to utilize. So building leg strength, even just by body weight workouts, can benefit you. Also, really focus on your core, lots of ab exercises as well as running can help. The more fit you are as an athlete, the better chances your body will allow you to have out on the field.
Hard work pays off, so treat your body like a temple.
Hope this gives you some helpful little hints!
Train harder with our one-hand trainer. The Axe hand is ergonomically designed to fit your hand, meaning you can train longer with less fatique. Our team went out to the batting cage to show you how to properly use our one-hand trainer.
Check out the video!
I thought it would be an interesting blog topic to let you all in on the life of a D1 athlete! It is not easy, that is for sure! I will say this, the one thing I really had to learn was planning. Your days are so packed that if you do not have stuff planned out, you can get yourself in trouble. It is an extreme grind, but it is worth every second!
6 AM weights – We wake up at 5:15 and head into weights. We are there at about 5:45. What I learned was that if you are on time, you are late. Weights last for about an hour and then we usually finished with light conditioning.
8:30 AM Class- Most of us have class that starts at 8:30. So we will go to our locker room, shower up and get ready for class. We have to make the trip up the hill, sometimes in sideways rain, up to class. Majority of us have class until around 12:30, sometimes 1:30, and then we have to make our way down to get ready for practice.
1:30 PM Treatment- I always had to get treatment on my body. Whether it was my arm, or just rehabbing, but I was always in there getting something done.
2:30 PM Practice – Everyone is usually dressed and ready for practice around 2:30, or a little after 2:30, to get ready for our 3:00 PM practice. Remember if you’re on time, you’re late. We warm up as a team, and our practice plan is up on the chalk board. Practice usually goes for about 2.5 - 3 hours.
6:00 PM Dinner- We have a facility where we all eat dinner as athletes. You do not have to do this if you are living off campus, but my freshman year I ate in here because it was so close and it was always convenient after practice.
7:30 PM Tutoring Session – As a freshman (and sometimes upperclassman) you have tutors that help you with your vigorous schedule. Tutoring sessions are usually scheduled for after dinner.
8:30 PM – We head back to the dorms, get ready to study and finish up our homework.
10:30-11:00 PM – This was always when I would head to bed, I needed to get enough sleep to be able to recharge for the next day.
Obviously every single day brings a little something different. Some days we would have condition instead of lifting in the morning and sometimes classes are different times. For the most part though, this was my life for the first 2 years. It is so incredibly tough to get used to, but at the end of the day you make the decision to be the absolute best teammate you can be. You realize how hard everyone around you works and this makes you want to work hard for everyone too. I loved every single minute of college and wish I could go back! Cherish the days you have when you are there because it goes by SO FAST!
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog!
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