Learning baseball as a sport is something that happens over time. You might even switch positions at some point, and you definitely need to know what your teammates are up to as well right? Baseball is a team effort, and you’re about to find out some things that can help you improve your game.
Remember that baseball is only a game. Yes, it may be important to you and your team, but you don’t want to let it get you down. Even if you make a mistake, if you keep positive there’s always a chance to correct that mistake. But if you let it bother you, chance are you’ll make another mistake.
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.
While in a comfortable batting position, keep your arms away from your body. Your elbows should be up and away, practically parallel to the ground. Hold the bat at shoulder level and make sure you don’t drop your rear elbow. Practice your stance in front of a large mirror to ensure that your elbows are properly positioned.
If you’re a coach, you need to set out a reliable practice schedule that helps your team create their own goals and expectations. Do a warm up for at least ten minutes and then 20 minutes of individual and team drills focused on hitting. This is followed by five minutes of running bases, then ten minutes of team defense and situation drills. Finish up with ten minutes of drills on position-specific defense and a cool down time. After that have a team meeting and that’s all there is to it.
If you are a first base coach, you have certain responsibilities. Basically, you must encourage the batter to hustle down the first baseline on all infield hits. You also have to remind the runners as to how many outs there are. You must instruct the runner when it is time ti take an extra base, round first base or hold up. You also have to tell runners how far they should go on pop flies.
As a baseball coach, you will be expected to give an appropriate post-game talk. Whether your team wins or loses, you should have some memorable remarks prepared. Your talk should be positive, and you should congratulate your players on a game well played. Especially make note of examples of good sportsmanship. Don’t worry too much about the score. Keep it positive, end it with your team cheer and go your merry ways smiling.
Practice throwing the baseball every day. It may seem obvious, but some ignore throwing for the call of the batter’s cage. They think baseball is all about the big hit. It’s about much more, and a strong arm can mean a lot of runs saved over the course of a season.
Ground balls will be affected by the way the grass has been mowed. Outfield lines often cause the baseball to change course when it hits the ground. When you know what to expect the ball to do as it rolls along the ground, you can anticipate where it will be when it stops.
Baseball equipment is important to the sport. Wear a batting helmet whenever you are in the batter’s box, on deck or running the bases. A baseball is a hard object and pitches have been clocked at over 100 mph. Getting hit in the head with this fast moving object can lead to serious medical conditions or death.
When pitching, you have to remember that focus is everything. As soon as you are going into the kick position to pitch the ball, you must absolutely remember that you never take your eyes away from the catcher’s glove. This is to ensure that you have proper aim when releasing the ball.
Don’t fear sacrificing yourself when you’re a batter. Doing so is part of team play. It is often necessary to advance the runner at the expense of your own hitting. It may not have the cache of a hit or home run, but wouldn’t you rather have the wins through solid play?
To keep a left-handed pitcher from picking you off at first base, keep an eye on his right foot. As soon as it passes back across the rubber, he has to pitch it. If he throws it to first, it’s a balk. If he brings the foot straight up, he is likely to throw it to first.
If you’re a pitcher, get used to not being perfect. Perfection in baseball is such a rarity that it’s only happened a handful of times at the professional level over the course of a century. There’s a lot of imperfection in the sport. You’ll give up hits. You’ll give up home runs. It’s what you do afterwards, how you handle it, that really counts.
To give yourself maximum thrust when pitching from the stretch, do not put your back foot on the rubber. Instead, put it on the ground in front of the rubber, touching it with the back side of the foot. When you lift your front foot, push with the back foot toward home plate.
As you now know a few more things about baseball, it’s time for you to use them on the field. The more you know about the sport, the more fun you are going to have playing. And, the more you are going to be helpful to your team as well.