Although baseball is often referred to as America’s sport, it is extremely popular all over the world. From Little League to the Major Leagues, baseball is easy to understand, fun to play and a great game to watch. Keep reading to find out some of the basics about this interesting sport.
If you want to up your batting average, attempt hitting the ball at the fence rather than over it. The goal is to send that ball back from which it came. When a ball is hit in the air, it is usually easily caught.
Just like every other sport, safety first needs to be your mantra. This is true for baseball as well. Just know where the baseball is so that you don’t sustain injuries. If you’re caught unawares, taking a baseball in the face can easily cost you a tooth or two. Slider sliding into bases can also injure their legs.
When coaching baseball, there are a few things you will need to have close at hand. Be certain you keep a good first aid kit, properly stocked and at the ready. Bring along plenty of water and electrolyte drinks to help players avoid dehydration. Have your practice plan ready for each day with detailed drills and broken into manageable time segments. Naturally, you must be certain of having all the right equipment.
Do you have any children or grandchildren that are interested in playing baseball? As in other areas of life, we want to do all we can to help our kids experience success. To develop a quick swing, the hands, wrists and forearms have to be strong. You don’t have to buy expensive equipment to help kids develop better muscle strength. Give your child a tennis ball to squeeze on while watching TV. The tennis ball provides enough resistance to strengthen the hand, wrist and forearm.
Pick the right bat. Pick out one that is not too heavy for you. Beginners should use lighter bats. It is pretty rare to see someone swing a bat that is “too light” because there is a trick called “choking up” to make bats lighter. This involves placing hands about an inch or two up the bat.
When catching a fly ball, use both hands on the glove. It may be tempting just to use your glove hand, but that may lead to an unforeseen error if you’re careless. Your better bet is to position yourself under the ball, and trap the ball in your glove with your free hand once it hits the glove.
Learning how to change directions is important for outfielders. If you are playing the left side of the outfield and need to run towards centerfield, cross your right foot across your left foot and power through the step. This technique will help you gain the maximum burst of speed from the beginning of your run.
Stay relaxed when trying to catch a ball. A stiff hand always leads to a missed catch. To keep your hand relaxed wear the glove until it feels like it is a part of your hand. If the glove doesn’t fit right, you will miss a lot of catches.
If you are pitching, never forget that once you release the ball, it is in play. Sometimes, it will reach the glove of the catcher and then be thrown back to you. Still, you have to be ready to react in the event that contact is made with the ball.
To hit a baseball on a line, make sure to keep your swing level. If you send your bat in an uppercut at the ball, you are much more likely to pop the ball up, making it easy for an outfielder to catch. A level swing produces a line drive, which is much more likely to produce a base hit.
Sprint from one side of the field to the other to warm up. Sprinting has a big place in the game of baseball. When you hit the ball, it’s a fast sprint down that first base line. You must get to the base before the ball that is being thrown.
As a catcher you want to avoid interfering with the batter when he’s swinging. If you make contact it results in catcher’s interference. When a runner tries to steal, you can stand up as the pitch arrives, but avoid letting the batter hit your glove with the bat or he goes to first base.
To frustrate a pitcher, think about laying down a bunt when he least expects it. This tests his fielding acumen while giving you a chance to eke out a base hit. Having to chase down your bunt can break his rhythm, so if he is mowing down your teammates, use a bunt to change things up.
Now you understand why baseball is so popular throughout the world. Whether you want to play baseball or just be a spectator, it’s important to understand the basics of the sport. This article has given you some simple tips, techniques and information about baseball so go out and play ball (or just watch)!