Baseball truly is a glorious sport, a fact which is evidenced by the obsessive love so many have for it. But, not every aspiring player has the information necessary to live up to their true potential. Continue reading the material below to learn more about how to be the best baseball player possible.
To get into the right batting stance, send weight to the rear foot. You will put the weight on the side you are batting with, and your leg muscle will tighten up. This gives you power from the other foot.
Make sure you use the proper grip when hitting a baseball. You should go with a “standard” grip. The middle knuckles of your hands should be on the bat. Make sure the bat is across the callus line of your fingers instead of the back of your palms. This grip betters quickness and bat speed.
Batting helmets are essential for safety. These helmets provide protection against injuries to the head. The best batting helmets will have a shield that also helps protect the face from balls that are either pitched badly or for hits that results in a foul ball.
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.
As soon as contact is made with the ball, it is important that the hitter takes off running towards first base. This will help ensure that the hitter does not get called out. If the ball is a foul ball, the hitter will be called back to the plate to hit again.
Don’t showboat. Some sports condone showboating, like a touchdown dance in football. But in baseball, showboating after a home run or a big strikeout is very much frowned upon. It’s the type of thing that causes a lot of bad blood between teams, and it can easy cause rifts among teammates.
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.
Don’t let a losing streak get to you. Losing streaks happen in every sport, but in baseball luck can play a very big factor on any given day. Losing streaks can be prolonged over many games. Never let it get you down. Approach each game with an air of self confidence and soon you’ll beat that slump.
When fielding a ground ball, square up on the ball before catching. Many young players go for a side glove catch or a one-handed grab, but with each you are increasing your chances for an error. If you’ve got the time to get in front of the ball, do so. Use both hands and bend at the knees to help block against a bad hop.
To help you stay focused on the ball when running towards it, run on your tiptoes. If you run and allow your heel to hit the ground, you will jar your body. This jarring will make your eyes lose focus on the ball. To keep this from happening run on your tiptoes.
Break in a new glove prior to the beginning of the season. When you get a new glove, be sure to work it out for a couple of weeks. Toss a baseball repeatedly into it. Use leather softener to break in the leather. Hit the weave of the glove over and over with your fist. When you’re practicing, it’s much better to use a glove that you’ve already broken in well.
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 keep the other team’s first-base coach from seeing the pitching signs that you send from behind home plate, move your right knee up so that it keeps your fingers out of his view. This allows you to send your signs without him seeing them and relaying them to the batter.
To keep a second baseman from making a good throw to complete a double play when you are the runner on first, make sure that you slide as you head into the base. However, aim your slide both at the base and at the baseman. That way you disrupt his throw as much as possible.
There can be little argument when it comes to the merits of the game of baseball. The adoration so many have long bad for the game is indisputable. Hopefully, anyone wishing to develop and further their skills as a baseball player will have found the article above both informative and handy.