Baseball is a fun sport to play, but unfortunately not many people really understand what makes it enjoyable. If you have never played baseball, or have played it your whole life, there is still so much to learn about the game. The following article has many great tips that will help you get the most enjoyment out of any baseball game.
Use a Batting Cage
Learn how to hit a ball without chasing it by using a batting cage. A batting cage allows you to hit the ball as hard as you can without worrying about an errant ball going through a window. The batting cage has mesh sides so the ball is easily recovered.
Go To the Ball
If you’re playing infield and a groundball is hit, always go toward it. Don’t sit there and wait for the ball to come to you. This will help you have a much better chance of getting the batter out and your team will appreciate it. This also applies to outfielders as well.
Sliding a Skill and Art Form
Sliding is an important skill that many baseball players do not know how to do. You cannot be afraid of the dirt. A perfect slide involves timing. You want your foot to hit the base as quickly as possible. Practice sliding daily until you can accurately judge when to begin your slide for maximum distance.
Practice your defense
Sure pitching and batting get all of the glory, but being a great defensive player is worth just as much to your team. The ability to save a run is just as valuable as the ability to create a run. Both are needed to win ball games.
Third Base Coach
If you are a third base coach, there are certain things you have to attend to. For example, you have to decide whether to send runners home or hold them at third base. You must let runners know if they should slide into third or come in standing. You need to assist the runners by informing them when to run and remind them of how many outs there are. Pay attention to the signs the base coaches give you. Remember, the base coaches have the benefit of a better view of the whole field. When running the baskes, focus on the coaches, not on the ball. Your coaches can help you see. If they tell you to pull up, then pull up at the base closest to you. If you get the signal to go, run as fast as possible.
The Sun – The Lights
The sun or stadium lights can cause you to lose track of the baseball. To make sure you don’t get blinded, you must learn the proper way to find the ball without looking at lights or the sun. Try using peripheral vision for spotting the ball.
Watch the Best
Watch the top players play to become a better ball player. Professional baseball players mostly have gotten where they are today because of their skills, their teamwork, and their good attitude. You need all three to succeed in Major League Baseball. Take a page from these players. Study what makes them great, and learn whatever you can from them.
Choosing the Right Bat
Baseball bats come in a variety of lengths, weights and sizes. Consider your height and strength when choosing a bat. A longer bat gives you more reach, while a heavier bat adds power. The size of your hands can help you determine the right diameter for your bat. Swing a few different baseball bats before deciding which one feels the most comfortable for you.
The Right Pitch
Pitchers need to learn how to throw a variety of pitches. A four seam fastball is held by placing all four fingers across the seam of the baseball. This type of fastball is the fastest because the seams allow players to grip the ball; thus, throwing it the fastest.
If you play in the outfield, practice making double plays. Pitcher’s love nothing more than a double play. Double plays can happen many different ways, and it is very important that an infielder practice them all. Keep repeating these drills over and over until they are second nature.
Teamwork is essential for winning
Teamwork includes talking to the players on your team both on the field and off the field. When on the field, let other players know that you are going after a pop fly to help avoid collisions. As you practice together, you will develop way to communicate without speaking. Be accessible to your teammates. Teams only go so far as their teamwork will take them. And teamwork starts with being open and accessible to everyone on the squad. Even if you normally wouldn’t be friends with someone, it should take a back seat to building a team atmosphere for the sake of camaraderie and winning.
Baseball is a lot of fun but for most people they really don’t understand why. If that is you, or you know how fun baseball is then these tips will only enhance your enjoyment of the game. Show them to others so they too can enjoy all that baseball has to offer.