The 10 Best Batting Tees
10. Sklz Pro X
- easy-to-clean smooth surface
- solid steel base for stability
- tee tends to slide down at times
|Rating||3.6 / 5.0|
9. Hit Zone Air
- includes 2 fabric air sleeves
- lightweight plastic balls
- blower is rather loud
|Rating||3.7 / 5.0|
8. Jugs Hit Like a Pro
- ribbed tube to prevent slipping
- backed by a 1-year warranty
- needs heavier base for stability
|Rating||3.8 / 5.0|
7. Champro Rubber
- adjusts from 21 to 36 inches
- built with sturdy interlocking tubes
- can emit a strong rubber smell
|Rating||4.5 / 5.0|
6. Jugs 5-Point
- 2 adjustable extension tubes
- comfortable handle for easy carrying
- comes with a hitting drill book
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
5. CagePro Classic
- tee top is very soft
- cone will not rip or crack
- simple assembly and breakdown
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
4. Tanner Tee
- made in the united states
- lightweight at only 6 pounds
- includes a replacement top
|Rating||4.7 / 5.0|
3. Jugs New
- removable telescoping stem
- simple to quickly adjust height
- polished contemporary design
|Rating||5.0 / 5.0|
2. Backspin Standard
- built-in angle chart graphic
- multiple styles available
- adjusts from 18 to 48 inches high
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
1. Atec T3
- light base for portability
- ideal tool for hitting coaches
- resists corrosion over time
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
The Benefits Of Childhood Athletics
An education in music and participation in team sports are probably two of the most important things your children can experience while growing up. The lessons they learn in those endeavors will go a long way toward building their character and teaching them invaluable skills that they’ll use for the rest of their lives.
This is especially important given the culture in which our kids are currently growing up, with its increased emphasis on screen time and its considerable lack of physical exertion. With a diet rich in incredibly unhealthy foods, the exercise provided by organized athletics may be the only thing keeping some kids from succumbing to childhood obesity and all its attendant health problems.
On a more psychological level, being part of a team can help your child learn to engage in a group setting, to express themselves in a leadership capacity, and to come together with others in the pursuit of a common goal. All of these skills will help to make them better suited to excel in school and in the workplace.
In the realm of athletics, baseball holds a particularly special place in many of our hearts. It’s widely considered to be our national sport here in America, despite the popularity of football. What’s more, the pace of a baseball game and the sport’s team practices allows its participants more time to bond in the dugout and to develop deep, meaningful relationships. Baseball also happens to be considerably safer than football, which exposes children to the dangers of chronic micro concussions.
From a cognitive standpoint, there are both gross and fine motor skills combined in the execution of baseball plays, both at bat and on the field. While those skills will become very finely honed over the course of their childhood career, and will help them in everything from learning to drive to dancing with their high school crush, at the beginning, they’re going to need a little help. That’s where a batting tee comes in.
How To Choose A Batting Tee
When I was a kid, there wasn’t much of a choice when it came to buying a batting tee. Every tee I ever encountered in those days was a simple rubber base in the shape of home plate with a length of PVC pipe jammed into it. More often than not, if your swing was too low, you’d knock the whole thing over.
Today’s batting tees are much more advanced than the models of yore, with joints designed to collapse on impact and other features that make those old tees seem prehistoric. Despite their various advancements, however, they still all serve the same basic principle, so it might seem difficult to figure out which one will best suit your child or the players on your team. Fortunately, there are a few things you can look at that will help you differentiate one model from the next, and make your selection process that much easier.
One of the most desirable features that some modern batting tees include is an adjustable height. If the batter has good overall form, but can’t seem to make solid contact with the ball, they might get quickly discouraged. That’s an easy fix if you have an adjustable height. You can raise or lower the position of the ball to compensate for the child’s natural swing tendency. That will let them make contact enough to get used to the feeling while also building confidence in their abilities. From there, you can make adjustments to the tee’s height and teach the little slugger how to make contact at these new levels.
Another important facet to consider when shopping for a batting tee is the materials out of which the base and the stand are made. For the most part, these devices are made from plastics and rubber, but a few have heavier materials toward the bottom to keep them upright if they get slammed with a bat. How the weight of the base effects the weight of the unit overall may be a deciding factor for you, as well. Ideally, you don’t want to have to reset the tee every time somebody misses beneath the ball, but you also might have to carry a few bags worth of mitts, balls, and bats to the car after practice, and adding a 10-pound tee to that haul might be pushing it.
A Brief History Of Baseball
One of the first mentions of baseball in American history came at the hands of haters. In the late 1700s, the town of Pittsfield, Massachusetts passed an ordinance banning the sport from being played anywhere within 80 yards of the town’s meeting house. Where the game itself began is a bit more of a mystery.
Some scholars believe that the game is an offshoot of British pastimes like cricket or rounders, while others are adamant that it was a purely American invention. What we do know for sure is that its organization began in the middle of the 19th century among the upper classes of New York City. The rules in these early iterations of the game were a bit more brutal than those we see today, although the teams in the 1800s soon struck a rule from the books that had allowed fielders to get a player out by throwing the ball at him and hitting him.
Over the following decades, leagues of amateur and professional players cropped up all over the northeast. These leagues would often fail after a few years or be absorbed into another league, with slightly different rules for players on and off the field in each one. Eventually, these disparate associations all settled down into two groups: the American League, and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. These two governing bodies remained intact until surprisingly recently, coming together to form today's Major League Baseball in the late 1990s.