Learn to Play Baseball the "Ripken Way" Bill Ripken and Cal Ripken, Jr.. have developed a method of baseball instruction based on their combined 33 years of major league experience and the teachings of their father, Cal Ripken, Sr. The Ripken Way is based on the following principles: Keep It Simple Hitting is the hardest thing to do in sports; don't complicate it. Use simple drills as building blocks for developing the swing. Make It Fun a variety of hitting drills keeps it interesting. Create games and contests to keep drills exciting. Explain Why Loose grip in the fingers unlocks the wrists for better bat speed. Weight shift allows for transfer of energy through the swing. Celebrate the Individual Players need to be comfortable at the plate. Let players operate within comfort zones as long as certain fundamentals are applied. This unique series of instructional programs explores how to play baseball the "Ripken Way". Actual footage of professional baseball players is used to illustrate each lesson. Understanding and applying the "Ripken Way" can help youth baseball players improve all aspects of their game.