Striking and Batting

Striking a ball with a bat or racket above the ground or a hockey stick on the ground is more challenging in the wheelchair. In these activities, getting into the ready position in between touches needs to become automatic. Being out of position is the number one cause of bad form.

Keys

  • When not in possession of the ball/puck, ensure that the wheelchair is angled so that striking it will be fluid
    • The angle required will often require a wider angle to avoid hitting the wheelchair (this also provides you with room to make a last second adjustment)
  • Keep eyes on the ball/puck as it approaches (gradually, attention to the surrounding environment should be developed)
  • Almost all activities will involve striking through the object and following through