Ideally baseball is considered a team ball or game. However, this does not necessarily mean that you have to train the game as a team. In fact, training the game on your own could at times be the doing it as a group. This way you have a chance to train in the pace that you are most comfortable using. All that you need are the right tips to help you get down to practice. Here are three tips to guide you on some of the tips that you should take and get to learn baseball even on your own.
Getting to position
The first thing that you need to learn when taking baseball classes on your own is how to get into position. To achieve this, wrap both hands around the handle of the bat, having the dominant handle towards the handle of the bat. For maximum control and precision, place your hands somewhere between the middle and top of the handle and keep them close enough together for the space between the thumb of your upper hand and the forefinger of your lower hand to form a ‘V’ shape. Additionally, remember that maneuvering will be more awkward the more you move your hands away from the handle.
When batting during a baseball game, you have to sprint to the bases. During fielding, sprinting is crucial for you to snag the incoming baseball quickly and successfully. So sprinting is a vital part of baseball and it is one of the simplest yet most effective exercises to improve your baseball game.
You can practice sprinting on an open ground or any open area. To make it look more like baseball sprinting, you can mark an area exactly 90 feet in length, corresponding to the distance between baseball bases. Once you have marked the area, start sprinting between the bases while noting your time on a stopwatch. Over time, you will be able to speed up your sprints.
Practice on your swing
Learning how to swing the baseball bat right is the key to good batting. And good swinging, in turn, is a result of being able to manipulate your body mechanics well. This isn’t possible without extensive training and the great part is that you can practice swinging best on your own.
Have a bat at hand which must be at least as heavy as your game bat and swing it with an eye to your body’s movements and mechanics at least 150 times a day. This will strength your arms and at the same time, you will learn how your arm moves, upper body rotates and limbs stretch in the act of swinging and hitting.
Once you have mastered empty swinging, have a machine throw slow baseballs at you and practice your swing at them. In the beginning, aim for accurate swinging and right aiming, not power and speed. Once you have mastered the ability of being able to hit the baseball with the right part of the bat and in the right direction, start practicing with faster baseballs and hit them with greater power.
Coordination of the head and eye
Hand-to-eye coordination is one of the most important skills needed on a baseball field. You will need it during swinging, fielding and pitching. You can easily it by keeping a bat about you and reacting to incoming baseball throw at various speeds.
For fielding and throwing, you can toss a baseball from one hand to other for up to 100 times a day. You can also bounce a baseball off the wall, grab it in the gloved hand and then quickly shift it to the other hand for a throw. Over time, you will so improve this skill that the entire movement will become almost automatic for you.
Practicing on your own is great if you are dedicated and can diligently put yourself to a set routine. The key to improving your baseball skills is simply to practice regularly and to be studious about it. Know where you stand with different baseball skills and which parts need improvement. Then get to work on them one by one and you will soon see significant improvement in your game at the field.
Fielding during a baseball game requires quick action. You can practice this by taking a baseball and bouncing it at great speeds against a wall. Your aim should be to snag the bouncing ball at all costs and not let it escape it.
To make the practice session harder for yourself, bounce the ball against different parts of the ball so that it rebounds at different angles, letting you practice fielding in different directions and at varying speeds.
Learning how to pitch
Pitching is one of the most important parts of a baseball game. Practicing pitching on your own is fairly simple and yet if you do it regularly, it is one of the absolutely best practice exercises for baseball. To practice pitching at home, set up a target region.
If you don’t want to practice on a hard surface like a wall, you can hang a thick cloth against the cloth-line and practice on it. If you have many balls, have a bucketful by your side and start pitching one after the other. Don’t hurry through pitching and take good aim, go into the right stand and with each throw, determine exactly where you want the baseball to hit. In time, you will get good enough to accurately aim your throws.
Throwing the ball
Baseball involves a lot of throwing especially if you are playing at the pitcher position. Therefore, working on your throwing is a great skill that you can learn and practice on your own. It is worth noting that the ability to make precise throws comes only through practice. When learning how to throw on your own, you can find inanimate targets such as trees, walls, and other objects that won’t get hurt/break when hit. Using a masking tape, mark an “X” sign on the target object. Try hitting the mark from different distances and correct the errors you seem to make when throwing the ball to the target mark.
Hand drills are more often than not assumed to be the simplest skills that you will do on your own. When practicing hand drills, you only need a surface such as a wall and a ball. Work different skills like short & long hops, forehand & backhand throws, and charge plays among other drills.
Pro pitchers are proud of how perfect their fielding skills are. Like other baseball skills, the easiest way to enhance your pick off skills is by practicing often. While practicing your pick off and ability to make perfect pitches, you should also consider improving your quickness /swiftness and location skills. This helps you to become a pro and well-skilled pitcher with unique fielding skills and capabilities. The best practice for these skills is hoisting a bucket at your desired height and aim at throwing your pick off at the bucket. It is worth understanding that pick offs are quick pitches often made with limited arm action. Therefore, accuracy and promptness are crucial skills and arguably necessary in making excellent pick offs.
When practicing baseball alone, it is necessary that you use resources such as online coaching videos or expert advice from expert players to know how to practice in the best way. There are also lots of tutorials that you can refer to especially if you are new to baseball.
Unlike many other games that are played today, it is possible to train playing baseball on your own and become a pro in it. However, for you to achieve your goals within the time limit that you have, you need to have the right tools, not to mention necessary tips to help you walk down that road. Use the information above to understand some of the way through which you can train and learn this amazing game without having to undergo an extra cost of hiring a coach.