Become A Better Baseball Player
1. Be Fearless
Never fear failure. When you're afraid to fail, you're usually afraid to try. Do you avoid lifting weights because you're physically weak? Do you hate stepping up to the foul line during practice because you're a bad free throw shooter? You're probably afraid to fail and expose your weaknesses. No matter what your friends, family or others think, dedicate time to improving yourself. Don't worry about your reputation. Failure is temporary; use it as a learning experience and you will improve as a player.
2. Stop Complaining
Do you blame your coaches for your lack of playing time or compare your work ethic to that of other teammates? If your peers get away with something, do you feel like you can do the same thing? Stop complaining and eliminate your excuses. At some point everyone feels tired, hungry, upset or stressed. Such emotional distractions limit your ability to improve. Try to look at any situation from a different perspective, eliminate negative thoughts and emotions, and accept that events are not always within your control.
3. Increase Your Position IQ
Become a student of your position by understanding the skills, fundamentals and conditioning required. Knowledge about your position should determine your training focus. When you know what types of throws, footwork, hand eye coordination, skill work and strength are required for your position, you'll have a clear idea of the skills you need to improve.
4. Know Your Role
Remember, you play a team sport. Not everyone can be the leading scorer, best shooter or top performer all the time. It's not about you; it's about your team. Have you ever considered your team role? If not, discuss it with your coach. Knowing your role will help you focus your time on skills your team needs. Thoroughly understand your team's style of offense and defense so you can contribute to a successful season.
5. Study the Game
If you are a true baseball player, there is a really good chance you enjoy watching a lot of baseball. You most likely have a few different favorite players and a favorite team that you watch consistently. But watching baseball isn't just a time to relax—it can be a great time to learn! Don't just watch the game to enjoy it as a fan, but watch it as a student of the game. Make notes of different moves, plays and details that make these players and teams elite. You can learn a lot simply by watching different games and trying to pick up on the little things that make great players and great teams successful.
6. Give 100 Percent Effort
Give 100 percent every time you train, play or practice. Don't let excuses or complaints get in the way of your effort. Always be willing to accept criticism from those with more experience. After receiving criticism, continue to give all you've got. Improving means learning from your mistakes and always trying your best.
7. Train Your Body
Sure, you love playing and refining your skills, but are you also working on your physical abilities. Spend time enhancing your strength, mobility, power, speed and agility. Improving your athleticism will translate to better on-court performance.
8. Improve Your Skills
If you've followed all the other suggestions I've listed here, it's time to design a program for improving your skills. Knowing your role, strengths and weaknesses helps you concentrate on the skills your team needs most. Now that you are equipped with the tools of success, make a plan and put it into practice. Train hard, play harder.
9. Ask Questions
Sometimes it is perceived as "uncool" to ask questions, but that's one of the dumbest stigmas out there. The players who ask questions are usually the ones who learn the quickest. If you don't understand something that your coach is talking about or simply have a question about how to handle a certain on-court situation, ask your coach or a knowledgeable baseball expert. You might not be able to ask your question right in the middle of practice, but good coaches find time for players who are genuinely hungry to learn. And don't just ask questions to ask them—ask questions to gather insights that you'll use during practices and games.
10. Learn From Other Players
Another great way to improve your baseball IQ is to learn from players who have a more advanced baseball IQ than you do. This will often be older players or players with more experience. If you note the coach consistently praising a player's baseball IQ, figure out why. Be a sponge and soak up all of the information that you can from them. If you play pick-up with older and more experienced players, watch how the intelligent players approach the game and how they impact their team in a positive manner. This will help you become a much smarter player and will allow you to have a much better understanding of the game.
Baseball Fitness Conditioning
Activities To Become Stronger
FIGURE-EIGHT MED BALL SHOT PUT THROW
- Generate power from ground and transfer through core, shoulders and arms
- Rotate through hips, not lower back
- Generate maximum power for each rep
- Hike the kettlebell like a football to begin the exercise
- Drive your hips forward to swing the kettlebell, generating power from your glutes
- Allow that power to transfer up through your trunk and into your arms, floating the kettlebell to about neck height
- Do not "pull" the kettlebell with your arms
- Keep your knees over your ankles
OVERHEAD MEDBALL THROW
- Assume athletic stance, holding med ball in front
- Lower into squat, then explode through hips, knees and ankles to throw med ball as high as possible
- Run to med ball, pick it up and repeat
BANDED LATERAL HURDLE HOPS
- Spend as little time with your feet on the ground as possible
- Land with your knees bent and hips back
- Hold the landing on opposite side of resistance for 2 seconds
- If you do not have access to an appropriate resistance band, you can just perform traditional Lateral Hurdle Hops
WEIGHTED BULGARIAN SQUAT
- Assume split stance with rear foot elevated on bench or box
- Keeping chest up and front knee behind toes, squat until front knee is bent at 90-degree angle
- Drive through front heel to return to start position
- Repeat for specified reps; perform set with opposite foot forward
ALTERNATING LATERAL LUNGE
- Assume athletic stance holding plate in front of chest
- Step left and lower into lateral lunge position; drive back to start position
- Step right and lower into lateral lunge position; drive back to start position
- Repeat in alternating fashion for specified reps
Baseball Mental Game
Baseball Mental Game Questions
How do you mentally prepare for a baseball game?
How do you increase speed and reaction time through visualization?
How is baseball one of the most demanding mental sports?
Activities To Become Stronger
Focus on the ball
Keep calm but determined
Deal with distractions and the conditions
Deal with fear, nervousness and pressure