It’s that time of year again, the snow has melted, the sun is out, and baseball is once again in the air. It’s time to burst into the closet, grab all your equipment and race down to the field. Here are five crucial tips for your upcoming baseball season, no matter what level you are!
- Stay rested – It’s not opinion, it’s a fact: baseball is a mental sport. The best way to stay fresh mentally and physically is to get your eight hours of sleep. Studies have shown that in certain cases, subjects that didn’t get their recommended eight hours had a reaction time that was slowed down approximately 1.2 seconds. That’s a pretty powerful stat, considering you have less than a second to make a decision in the batter’s box on whether to swing or not.
- Stay focused – Whether it’s day one of the season, or your final game, keep focused on every at-bat, every pitch, and every play. In the field, always think, “What do I do if the ball is hit to me?” When you’re at bat, stay focused on the pitcher, pick up his tendencies. If you’re on the mound, stay consistent with your delivery, and remember; the most effective pitch is STRIKE ONE.
- Practice, Practice, Practice – The greatest hitters in the game, Pujols, A-Rod, Derek Jeter, all continue to work on their swing. There’s no such thing as your “final” swing, when you never have to practice ever again, and you can deem yourself “perfect.” Practicing to hone your skills in the field, at the plate, or on the mound, is absolutely essential to succeed. “Preparation Breeds Confidence.”
- Stretch – I know what you’re thinking, how did stretching make it into the top five?! I could easily bump this up to number one, because stretching is the best way to prevent injury. When it comes to baseball seasons, they can be very, very long. The only way to ensure an entire season of play is to stay healthy. The best way to stay healthy is to always warm up, and stretch out all your muscles. So before you grab that ball and rev it up to 90 m.p.h., stretch a little bit!
- Believe in yourself – While baseball is a team sport, when you step up to the plate or onto the mound, the only person who can help you is YOU. Trust your stuff. Believe you can get a hit, throw the right pitch, and succeed! “If you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”
Most importantly, have fun! Good luck to all our athletes playing this spring!