A lot of people spend their time focusing on either your position or how fast you can throw the ball, but what if we took it one step further? What if we focused not only on which position you are, but also how well you play that position?
Baseball is a very team-oriented game. It’s not just about who has the best individual performance every single day, it’s about whether or not they work with each other to achieve a common goal.
That’s why there are different positions in baseball. Not only do you need someone to catch the ball, you need them to pass it to the next person, and so on.
But even beyond that, some positions have special perks like an extra base or a privilege to pitch. These privileges give your team a slight advantage by helping you win the game more often than not!
The most important thing about any position is how good you are at making the rest of the team better. If you are not sure where your job lies, don’t worry! There are things you can do to improve as a player no matter what position you play.
This article will go into detail on several areas: field, basepaths, hitting, pitching, and defense.
Work on your batting stance
When you swing a baseball bat, you have a good chance of it flying out of the ball park if you do not keep your body strong and balanced. You want to make sure that as you hit the ball, your feet are aligned with each other and your knees are slightly bent or locked. Your arms should be close to your sides, but not crossed at the elbow.
Your batting stance is how you position yourself before you take your first swing. The better your batting stance is, the more efficiently you will use your muscles to produce power when you swing.
By keeping your legs, knee, and foot strength, you increase your base speed and force production. This helps you get away from being limited by the field length and shape!
If you are looking to improve your batting, try practicing in the gym or outside using a beach volley ball or tennis ball.
Focus on your batting eye
The second part of improving your baseball game is improving your batting eye. This includes things like watching the ball coming toward you, keeping an eye on the pitcher, anticipating what he will do, and knowing when it is time to make a move or keep the foot off the plate.
When it comes to hitting a pitched ball, most professional hitters have specific techniques that they use depending on the pitch type. Some hone their hand-eye coordination by practicing swinging as fast as possible without losing control, while others work on being more deliberate with their swing.
Whatever technique works for you, just be sure to practice them enough so that each one feels natural and fluid! There are many resources available online and through sports stores or team booths at major tournaments about how to improve your batting eye.
Learn to read the pitcher
As mentioned before, different pitchers have different strategies when it comes to getting rid of them, so reading your pitcher can help you determine what he will do next. For example, if his hands are busy moving around, he may be trying to hide something such as a ball or a glove that he does not want seen.
He may also be looking for an opportunity to take a break because he has been spending too much time at the plate. A comfortable pitcher is one who stays in the game longer which makes it more difficult to get him out.
If you learn how to read your opponent, then you will know if they are nervous, tired, or distracted and you can use this information to exploit their mental state.
Understand the game on all fields
The field you are playing on makes a big difference in how well you play the sport. If your favorite stadium does not have an outside area, then learn how to use the adjacent areas to improve your baseball skills.
If there is a football or soccer field next to the diamond, use those for drills. Take some time to understand how different parts of the field influence the way the ball bounces and what kind of shots are possible.
The outfield grass will help keep the ball in the air longer, giving more opportunities to practice hitting balls. You can also do practices with the infield as close to the real game as possible!
Practice batting and pitching using these new surroundings and learn how to control the speed of the pitch. More difficult pitches may be done at half-speed so that you can work on controlling the spin of the ball.
Always keep an eye on the ball
As you can probably tell, one of the most fundamental skills in baseball is being able to watch the ball as it’s coming towards you. It sounds simple enough, but many people don’t seem to be aware of this fact!
Many professional players cannot hit a pitch if they never learn how to properly watch the ball as it comes towards them. Therefore, it is very important for amateur (amateur meaning less than advanced) pitchers to work on this skill.
Furthermore, professional hitters also need to know how to watch the ball as it approaches the plate. They must be able to determine when the pitch will arrive and what kind of pitch it is before it even makes contact with the bat.
If a pitcher doesn’t know how to watch the ball his or her own team could lose the game because of it. Or worse, he or she could hurt himself by trying to force the ball into the ground too much which may cause injury.
Learn to slide
This is one of the most fundamental skills in the game of baseball. Almost every batter needs to learn how to take advantage of a mistake or poor play by an infielder or outfielder, and sneak through with some extra speed.
A good skier will make it look easy as he races past a defender for a ball or someone running down the line towards the base. Take some time to practice this and you’ll soon be doing more than just sliding on the field; you’ll be performing cool moves!
Another way to improve your fielding is to work on diving into positions- not just jumping or sprawling- while playing short or third base. By moving faster, you’re giving yourself more time to get closer to the ground, which is what makes a great dive.
How to do it right: When practicing these dives, stay calm and use the correct technique.
Know the rules
The next thing you will need to do is learn the official baseball rules. This takes a little bit of time, but not too much since there are only twenty-four!
You can find this information in many places, most notably via YouTube videos or by buying an easy to use rule book. Many people also make their own simple ones that they put together very well.
The MLB has some great resources as well. They have a website and app where you can access the game through your phone or computer. This gives you more ways to watch games and get quick answers to questions.
By learning the rules, you will know how play is legal and what situations arise from them. You will be able to understand why things happen during the game.
Be a good teammate
As a baseball player, your success will be determined by how well you help others succeed. You can win or lose with the best of them depending on whether you are supportive and encouraging or if you are too focused on yourself.
As a young athlete, people often look up to you as an example and role model. If you don’t like what they see, someone else may feel discouraged from trying their hardest.
If you want to play professional sports, then you have to believe in yourself, but at the same time, you must show faith in those around you. Help them achieve their goal and support them along the way, and they will do the same for you.
It sounds simple, I know, but it works! An entire team of talented individuals coming together as one is much more powerful than each individual person alone.