Monday, December 11th, 2017

How to make a batting tee

January 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Coaching, Hitting

To see plans and Part 2 of this post, click HERE.

A reader recently sent me an idea for homemade batting tees that he uses quite successfully at the high school level.  With his permission I am posting his comments along with the photos he sent me.  It appears as if his tees are well worth the effort!  If you are handy, see what you can create.  If you do, send me a photo!  I’d love to see how other people do it.

I don’t have the pocket book to purchase a bunch of Tanner Tees, but our team needed some good quality tees.  The $20 rubber ones last just about that long.  So a trip to Home Depot, the Rawlings outlet in Reading, a little imagination and time on the workbench in my garage, I came up with my own Tees for our kids.  Total cost is around $20 versus $80 for a Tanner Tee or now $110 for some of the latest type of Tees I just saw at the “Be the Best You Are” Coaches Clinic in Cherry Hill last week.


The item that costs the most is the metal floor flange ($12). The next cost is the Tee Topper ($7.95 @ Rawlings Outlet in Reading, but can get online as well).  The PVC piping is about a $1 or $2 and the rubber stoppers are the kind that are rubber leg tips for poles/walkers/chairs – drill a hole in the end of them and it provides just the right amount of friction to hold the tubing to the height you want.

I made standard length Tees and low Tees (the “shor-tee”) which can be used for all different types of Tee work drills.  The bases came from scrap wood (2×12 planks from my neighbor who’s building his house) heavy enough that no extra weight is required.  The low tees are great for low strike zone hitting and one knee/chair hitting drills.

A tee drill I love to do with our hitters is the “inside-outside” drill.  Using 2 tees, place one tee at the inside location and one on the outside location.  Place a ball on each tee.  When the hitter begins to stride/load, the coach calls out either “inside” or “outside” and the hitter reacts and hits the called-out ball.

I took this one step further and made the three tee version seen here (shown from catcher’s point of view):

We tried it out this fall and put a ball on each tee and called out “inside”, “middle”, or “outside”.  The tee positions promote a compact swing and detects casting if casting is a problem.  It promotes proper swing path and plane.

I also put it to use when we were working on our defense and situational play.  With me with a Fungo at the plate, I’d put 3 balls on the tees and picked one to hit, spreading the hits around to all fields, helping our defenders with reading bat angles at the point of contact, getting better jumps on the ball off the bat.  Taken one step further, we incorporated players doing the hitting with the 3-tee drill (inside-middle-outside) at the plate, another group for runners from home to first (and on the bases), and the other players defending.  I call this “High School T-Ball”.  The good hitters learn to hit line drives and to the gaps.

The Tee is a beautiful piece of gear.  I don’t sell any of these.  Just letting you know what you can do with a little imagination and borrowing your dad’s “awesome set of tools”.

I love it!  Well done coach!

If you liked this post, the best companion to it is an eBook I created that lists and details 60 hitting drills, many of which utilize a batting tee!  Click HERE to get a copy!


9 Responses to “How to make a batting tee”
  1. Brent Morrelli says:

    These are great tees. I make some almost to the exact specs. I’ve never tried those tee toppers, but I use rubber tubbing that works great. Most local tire companies(I’ve used Les Schwab Tires) have old tractor tubes that can donate to you. I got three tubes that could make more than a dozen tees per tube. Makes a topper just like the tanner model. Thanks for posting this!

  2. Keith says:

    I made one using a dishwasher hose. Just added some gasket material. Works great.

  3. Austin says:

    Would you recommend putting a 5 lb plate on it to prevent it falling over?

  4. Gina says:

    Anyone else having trouble getting the tee topper to fit?

    • TK says:

      Yes, I ordered the same topper (Rawling BASICBR) but the hole is too small for the 1/2″ PVC. The outer diameter of the PVC is about 13/16″ but the hole of the topper is about 5/8″. Anyone have any tips?

    • TK says:

      I was able to get the topper on the 1/2″ PVC by applying some dish soap to the inside of the topper then forcing it over the PVC. Note, it only goes in about an inch.

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