Baseball is a sport loved by young and old alike. It’s America’s pastime after all, and good times can be had across the generations. So what are some tips for this great sport? How can you get the most out of it? Start with these top tips that’ll have you playing like a pro.
Test out a few bat weights to find the one that’s right for you. If a bat is heavy, you’ll slow down your swing, but gain some power. Too slow, though, and you may never catch up with the pitches. You’ve got to strike the right balance, especially if you’ve got a flame thrower on the mound.
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.
For kids in baseball, make sure they their hands are placed properly for hitting. The top hand on the bat needs to be sitting near the same height as their rear shoulder, about 3 to 6 inches from that rear shoulder. Their rear elbow needs to be around 45-degrees. The front elbow needs to be lower and about even with the back elbow.
If you are a catcher, be sure you are in the proper position when no one is on base. This means getting into a low squat and balancing your weight on your feet’s balls. Get as close to the underside of the bat as possible, but be sure you will not get hit.
Keep your head up, your eyes level and focus on the ball when batting. You should be looking over your front arm. If you shift your eyes or move your head, your rear shoulder will shift in reaction. Remaining focused on the ball and keeping your head immobile will give you better timing and more consistency.
Be the top hustler of the team. It’s great to be that player whose ethics spread to other teammates. That is the type of leader that changes a game in the clubhouse. You can be the person that makes a difference.
Pick the right bat. Pick out one that is not too heavy for you. Beginners should use lighter bats. It is pretty rare to see someone swing a bat that is “too light” because there is a trick called “choking up” to make bats lighter. This involves placing hands about an inch or two up the bat.
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.
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.
With these great baseball tips, you are now ready to go play ball like a champ. Teach them to your kids. In fact pass around your knowledge to the neighborhood. Your friends and family alike will definitely benefit from all that you’ve learned here. It’s a ton of fun, and passing on the knowledge is all part of what makes this sport so great.