A longer then a bat stick, with a weight on it, being bashed at a pole instead of a ball (at the passing point of a ball) should make the hitting point strong.
waist movements, like swinging a weight from left to right and right to left would add some power.
leg work too…
it should work for a 10yo, but you have to be more careful than with a teenager or adult.
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Can’t agree with this. Loaded sport movements (e.g. punching with weight, throwing weighted balls, etc.) tend to slow athletes down and screw up motor patterns. Play your sport to develop skill, work in the gym to develop strength; don’t try to make strength training TOO specific.
As for the OP, the most important exercise of all is restraint on the part of the parent. The worst thing for a child’s athletic potential is early specialization; the more diversity of physical activity a young athlete is exposed to, the better as far as long-range athletic development. Which is to say, the kid will ultimately become a better baseball player if he spends more time playing other sports as well.
Also, the kid’s got to want it…there are few situations as ugly as parents pushing sports on their kids. Most of us have seen the dad at the little league games who’s more into it than his son. Obviously, you don’t want to be that guy. Note to OP, I’m speaking generally, there’s no indication you are a parent at all, so no accusations. But in general, when we’re talking about young kids in sports, it’s best to teach them the basics, and sit back and enjoy watching them have fun.
If a kid’s going to take it to the next level as an athlete, I’d say high school is when things should start to get a little more serious.
These are just opinions. I was a D1 college baseball player for what it’s worth.