Tip: Reading the pitch Third base is a reaction position. Balls are hit so
hard to third base that quick reflexes are of major importance. In addition, learn how to read pitches. Get the sign from
the shortstop and learn how hitters hit certain pitches from your pitching staff. This will give you an anticipating reflex
that will allow you to react even quicker.
Tip: Get Sideways When moving to field a fly ball, remember the words ´Get
Sideways.´ By doing a drop step and remaining sideways on your approach, you will have a much better chance to field the ball
cleanly. ´Getting Sideways´ helps you avoid backpedalling, which often gets you in the most trouble.
Tip: Back Eye Shut Great drill for those who are pulling their head out on
the swing (excellent for young players). Take batting practice with the back eye closed or covered. This forces the hitter
to follow the ball all the way in with the front eye. Thus, they tend to keep their head down throughout the swing.
Tip: Shading Your Eyes Catching a ball in the sun can be difficult. Use sunglasses
when possible. Shade your eyes with your glove and brim of your cap, and learn to angle your body away from the sun to cut
Tip: Muscle Memory Playing baseball is neurological...it is muscle memory.
By doing the proper drills, you will condition your body to react properly in a game.
Tip: Understand History´s Importance One of the great things about baseball
is its storied history. Learn about the game´s past. Learn about former players. An appreciation of the game´s history will
elevate your mindset and game!
Tip: Weighted Bats A great way to develop bat speed is to swing a weighted
bat. Not just for the on deck circle, weighted bats are a fantastic training tool. Try to take fifty to one hundred swings
Tip: Regimen One of the simplest tips for hitting is to develop a regimen.
Do the same pattern as you step up to the plate. Getting into a pre-at bat ritual will help to keep things constant and get
you in a groove.
Tip: Thinking properly While in the field, always have the thought process
of, "What should I do if the ball is hit to me on the ground or in the air." If you are always thinking this, you will always
know where to throw the ball.
Tip: The Exchange Work on a quick exchange from glove to throwing hand. Even
while warming up your arm you can work on this skill. Try to make a crisp, clean exchange that puts you in the best position
Tip: The Field General The catcher needs to exert him or herself as the field
general. Communication on the baseball field is necessary and a good catcher will take control. The catcher has the view of
the entire field and can make the proper call for throws to each base.
Tip: Know your strengths Know your stengths and weaknesses as a hitter. Try
to maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.
If you make a conscious effort to eliminate a weakness in practice,
you can make that translate into the game.
Tip: The best training tool The best training tool for hitting is the wood
bat. It instantly rewards you if your swing is a good one. By feeling the solid connection, you know you had a sound swing.
It also penalizes you for a poor swing with a cracked bat or buzzing hands after poor contact.
Tip: General tip for tryouts Baseball tryouts can often be pressure packed.
Most tryouts consist of many players with little time to show what you can do. But, one thing that will set you apart is hustle.
Run out to your position, sprint down the base path, and hustle on every play.
Tip: Sprints When you break it down, base running is simply a series of sprints.
Add wind sprints to your off-season regimen. Work on staying low at the start and exploding in your first several steps.
Tip: Know the nuances One of the great things about baseball is that you can
see something different every single game. The only way to know all the rules is to be an observer. Watch games and pick up
on the nuances of the game. Whether you watch a professional game on television or attend an amateur event, you can learn
something new about the rules or situations each and every time!
Tip: Hustle It doesn´t take any talent to hustle. Run on and off the field.
Run out all ground balls and pop-ups. Hustle will set a player apart.
Tip: Choosing Equipment If you are serious about the game, you need top notch
equipment. Save some extra money and purchase the top of the line. Be sure to treat your equipment properly. Disciplining
yourself to take care of your equipment shows you have respect for yourself and the game.
Tip: Hustle Hustle is what determines the winners from the losers and the players
from the athletes. Hustle catches the attention of coaches. A coach may take a player who hustles over one who is more talented,
because that person is more valuable as a team player.
Tip: Think a step ahead As you progress in skill level you will understand
more how baseball is a mental game. Those who are most prepared and can think a step ahead of the opponent will be the most
Tip: Diet Consult a dietician to obtain a gameplan for maximizing your workouts
through nutrition. Many players run, lift weights, and do conditioning drills. What most neglect is diet. It will make a difference.
Tip: Conditioning Most young pitchers do not realize the importance of both
strong legs and stamina. Long distance running is a mainstay for professional pitchers. You should add long distance running
to your regimen if you are truly serious about pitching (run 3-5 times a week!)