Yep, I know it’s not even Christmas yet… but those who want to play baseball or softball need to start getting ready for the season! Personally as a mom, I CAN’T wait! My son is out in the garage right now hitting balls with our make-shift tarp. He’s running and lifting weights.
Here are some good tips to make sure your player is developing good fundamental skills regardless of his/her age.
If you are on a travel team, practice and training should be starting soon. If your player is on a recreational team, I would suggest players begin a program about 3-4 weeks before the season to get their muscles ready for league play.
Here are some tips:
*Schedule a time to practice, whether with parents or a coach. Practice 3 times a week.
*Practice the fundamentals- hitting, throwing, fielding. Nick and I will practice catching fundamentals in the house while watching TV. I take a ball and bounce it… he drops to the ground. I’m trying to improve his strength and increase his reaction time. It actually is a fun bonding time for us. You can do many exercises working on fundamentals indoors when it’s cold outside. Get creative! Remember, you are working on developing muscle memory in the game.
*Find a ball buddy for your player. It’s helpful for your player to have someone to hang out with while practicing on fundamentals. They are not only getting in good reps but they’re often building great friendships.
*If your child is struggling, look for a private coach or get a high school ball player to take a look. My son helps a lot of young boys in the neighborhood from hitting to pitching and catching. They boys look up to Nick (and I think Nick kind of likes the ego boost )
*Long toss, long toss, long toss! Throw the ball with your kid. Teach them the fundamentals and line them up to throw. Start short and increase distance as the accuracy of the throw maintains. Move back 5 yards each time. You’ll know when to stop when the players can’t get the ball to one another.
*Work on speed and agility training. Run an agility ladder and core drills. You can find lots of drills on the internet.
*Work on your players strength. Young kids under 12 shouldn’t lift weights, but they can do push-ups, pull-ups and sit ups! Over 12 years old, I suggest weight training, but as a pro about the do’s and don’ts of weights to prevent growth plate issues, etc.
Please feel free to share some of the ways your kids get ready for the spring ball season! This is our community so we can learn from one another!