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.
Hold the ball firmly when you are pitching. Start by placing the middle finger along the ball’s seam. Then, put your thumb along the next seam. This lets you grip the bat for the best distance and speed with some improved accuracy.
Watch the pros for tips. When you watch your favorite team play, watch your favorite players to look for pointers and tips. It might even be a good idea to record games so that you can look for technique and method. The pros got where they are by doing the right thing at the games, so you can learn from watching them.
When swinging the bat, aim for the top center area of the ball. This will keep your bat aligned properly and will make it more likely that you will hit the ball every time. However if you want to hit home runs, aim for the bottom of the ball. You may miss more often, but your balls will get the height they need.
Shaving cream can be used to break in a new baseball glove. When you get a new glove, spray a handful of shaving cream into your hand and rub it into the pocket area of the glove. Next place a baseball there and tie a rope around the glove and baseball. Repeat this process a few times for the first month you have the glove.
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.
It’s important to learn and implement the signs given to you by the base coach. They are able to see the entire field. You need to focus on the bases and the third-base coach. Let them guide your running. Listen to their commands. If they signal you to go, then put it into full speed ahead.
If you are in the outfield, learn to read the ball. With practice, you can know approximately where the ball will land each time the ball is hit. Carefully, watch the pitcher so you know the speed of the ball when it crosses the plate. By simply knowing the speed you can judge how far the ball will be hit.
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.
To prepare yourself to throw out a runner, when you are catching, hold your throwing hand behind your back. As the pitch approaches, move it up behind the glove, so that you snatch it out of the glove and throw it as quickly as possible, while you jump up to a standing position.
When catching a grounder, it is important to avoid reaching across your body. Instead, try to shuffle either left or right, getting your gloved hand positioned right in front of the oncoming ball. If not, you might end up watching the ball bounce off your glove.
To throw a curve ball, place both your index and middle fingers along a seam of the baseball. As you throw the pitch, slide your fingers down toward the ground in a clockwise direction if you are right-handed (counterclockwise if you are left-handed). This motion gives the pitch its curve.
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.
To throw a screwball, line your second and third fingers up along a seam to your left if you are right-handed. As you pitch the ball, move your fingers down in a counterclockwise direction. This causes the ball to curve away from a left-handed batter. If you are left-handed, choose the seam to your right and move your fingers clockwise.
To keep the third-base coach from seeing your pitching signs that you send to the pitcher from home plate, open your catcher’s mitt and hold it down over your left knee. This will disrupt the view of the coach on third base and keep him from informing the batter of the upcoming pitch.
Many pitchers prefer a two seam fastball. With this type of fastball, the middle finger and index finger is placed on the seam of the baseball. The thumb is placed between the two seams at the bottom of the ball. This allows the ball to spin seamlessly through the air resulting in a fast ball.
Always remember when out in the outfield to make sure you call the ball if you plan to make the catch. As well, you must also listen for other fielders to be sure that you’re not trying to take a catch they have called. Also, if you happen to be the center fielder, you’re call overrules another simultaneous call.
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.