I have been playing baseball for 10 years and if I were to come up with one lesson that you must follow all the way through your career is to keep your arms and hands out front in a three point position. In T-ball you are constantly told this and in little league / middle school baseball it is one of the biggest things that coaches try and teach their kids. I wanted to make a devise that would hold your arms out front and keep you in that three point position.
Step 1: Materials
The materials that you would need to complete this project includes:
- 1 luggage strap depending on size of arms
- PVC Pipe 13.5 in (depending on arm length)
- 1 Bungee cord roughly any size length (mine was about 7 in)
- Velcro one wrap roll 12 ft x 3/4 in
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks
- 1 7/16in/11.1mm grommets
Step 2: Place the Grommets
Step 2 is placing the grommets on. When I did this, I placed it on my luggage strap near the buckle. This way, there would be room to adjust it. After I followed the instructions on how to place the grommet I started hammering away and it worked. (although this seemed easy, because my luggage strap was longer than I thought, I had to cut some of it and then sew the other parts back on).
Step 3: Drill the Hole
Step 3 was to drill the hole into the PVC pipe. To do this step I marked a spot on the PVC about 1/5 of the way down. After that I started drilling away with a 3/16 drill bit. Although this worked and was the right size for my bungee cord, I drilled the hole with wood drill bit. It isn't the safest way, but it worked. (Note: I did not drill all the way through to the other side, I just drilled through one side. )
Step 4: Placing Bungee Into PVC
Step 4 is to place the bungee cord through the hole you just drilled. When you place it, push it all the way to the top like the picture shows. When it is sticking out of the top, make a small simple knot as shown in the picture. When the knot is securely made pull the bungee on the side that is sticking out. This way when you pull through, the knot will stop the bungee from going all the way through the hole.
Step 5: Placing Bungee Through Grommet
Step 5 is placing other side of the bungee through the grommet. This side of the bungee is the side without the knot. When you place the bungee though the grommet, make a new knot of this bungee. (Note: if the bungee is too thin like mine was, tie a knot around something to make it stop going through the grommet. I placed one of cylinders used to make a grommet and it worked perfectly. )
Step 6: Add Velcro
Step 6 is the final step and this is where you add the Velcro. The first spot I added the Velcro was just above the hole I drilled. I put hot glue on the end of the Velcro and placed it onto the PVC after letting it dry, I wrapped it all the way around shown in the picture.