Aspire to Greatness: Training to Be a Baseball Player
If you or someone you know aspires to the greatness of many major and minor league all-stars over the years, they’ll need to train hard and have just a bit of luck (OK, they’ll probably need bucket loads full of luck). Sure, genetics and natural skills can make training much easier for some, but even someone who is perfectly built for the game of baseball will still need to put in years of intensive physical training to become one of the best. The tips provided in this article can’t make everyone into a baseball player, but if someone has the chops to get there as well as the innate talent, then these tips may help push that young one over the edge over time.
Rote memorization is often criticized in schools for requiring kids to remember flat statistics and data, but to which there is no significant knowledge gain. Rote batting practice, however, can improve someone’s skills, especially if this is a lacking area. Standing in front of a pitching machine in a batting cage, a rookie can practice his swings until technique is drilled in, until hand-eye coordination improves, and until he can better judge the speed of the approaching ball. All of these skill sets are critical to success in the game of baseball, so mastering all of these at a batting cage can be a big help (especially if you don’t have someone who can train with you every day).
Play with Others
Unfortunately for the aspiring pro, baseball pitching machines haven’t quite mastered artificial intelligence yet. Until they do, a player will have to rely on others for practice during team play. Playing with others provides a player with strategic advantages, as correct coordination on the field and effective interaction with other players makes for great fields and excellent teammates. Baseball can’t be a one-man show, so anyone who can work with a team well boosts his chances of being able to actually play on a team someday.
Don’t Hurt Yourself
Injuries can sideline a player for weeks, months, or even years at a time. While you shouldn’t simply avoid taking any risks while you’re training, you’ll want to avoid activities that could be immensely detrimental to your performance. Any activity that focuses hardcore on the use of your arms (particularly your pitching arm if you’re training to throw) should be avoided if they put you at a highly increased risk of injury.