In terms of the sheer enjoyment it provides, few games rival baseball. For decades, the sport has given innumerable individuals a fun way to stay in shape and hone their skills. The article below is meant to provide additional information that can make playing baseball even more thrilling for just about anyone.
Respect Your Coach
Try to be respectful to your new coach during tryouts. Be polite and friendly as you meet other players and coaches. This will indicate that you have a sense of maturity. If you’re a coach, you need to set out a reliable practice schedule that helps your team create their own goals and expectations. An effective 30 minute practice incorporates a short warm-up with a lengthier period of hitting drills. Base running for 5 minutes and 10 minutes of team defense are great inclusions. The last 10 minutes should focus on drills for position-specific defense and cool down. Address any questions or comments with a quick team meeting, and your baseball practice is complete.
Protective Equipment Protects You
Always wear protective equipment when playing baseball. Just like any sport, injuries happen in baseball. Especially when batting, you need to protect your head. That means you need to wear a helmet whenever you enter the batter’s box. One poor pitch can mean a fastball hitting you in the noggin. That’s at minimum a ringing headache with the potential for a concussion or worse. Be safe.
If you’re into stealing bases, practice taking leads off of bases. Taking leads means you need to know not only your own speed, but also the speed of the pitcher’s pick off move, the speed of his delivery to the plate, and the speed and accuracy of the catcher’s arm. There’s a lot to consider that’ll affect how much lead you take.
Always warm up before a game
Baseball may not look as strenuous as other sports, but there’s still a lot of physical activity you’ll be taking part in. In fact, sprinting on the base paths without a proper warm up can lead to pulled muscles and situations that are much more serious.
The bat angle is important in baseball
The bat needs to be about 45-degree angle with the knob of that bat pointing towards the opposite batter’s box. All proper swings start here, regardless of their starting position. This is because the bat is in the pitched ball’s plane. Unnecessary movements are avoided during swings by using this starting bat angle.
Do you know how to steal a base?
If a bad pitch is thrown, it is time to take off towards the next base. However, make sure that you have enough time to get to the base before taking off. Otherwise, you may get an unnecessary out for your team.
Learn how to properly grip a bat
If you are right-handed, your left hand must be on the bottom with the right one on the top. The bats should be about 6 inches from your chest. Hold the bat up instead of on your shoulders. Spread your legs about a shoulder-width apart. Don’t stand straight up. Stand with knees slightly bent to avoid feeling stiff.
When catching a fly ball
Use both hands on the glove. It may be tempting just to use your glove hand, but that may lead to an unforeseen error if you’re careless. Your better bet is to position yourself under the ball, and trap the ball in your glove with your free hand once it hits the glove. To be a better player in the outfield, you have to be moving. If you stand in the same position too long, your legs can get tight and you will not be able to run when a ball is headed your way. The best way to stay moving is to take a few steps between pitches.
Know how to stride properly in baseball
If you’re right-handed, use your left leg to pick it up a bit when the pitch is released. You will do the opposite if you pitch as a leftie. Push your feet forward a foot or so to increase your momentum as the ball is coming toward you. Younger and smaller people may not have to stride quite as much.
The glove can be used to shield the sun from your eyes. Just hold it above your eyes and adjust so you can catch the ball there.
Don’t be afraid to get your uniform dirty
Baseball is a game played in grass and dirt. You aren’t playing to 100% if you come out of any game with your uniform as pristine as it was when you first put it on. Make it a goal to get as dirty as possible.
When playing the outfield, practice both calling for a fly ball and backing off if a fly ball is called for by someone else. Miscommunication in the outfield has led to more dropped balls than you can ever imagine, even in the pros it happens. So get your outfield team together and shag flies with the goal of getting your communication down.
It is tough to dispute the nearly universal appeal that baseball has had for years. Young and old alike find be sport to be engaging, fun and challenging to play. With any luck, players of all skill levels can gain some valuable insights from reviewing the tips presented above. Play ball!