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Thursday, September 10, 2009

How to Become the Best Baseball Player Possible

By Jack D. Elliott

Every youth and high school baseball player has the desire to be the best they can be. Whether it is to become a great hitter that can hit them deep or a pitcher with a great fastball and wicked breaking stuff, all baseball players want to become better than they are. However, few know exactly what it takes to get there. Here, we will discuss ways in which you can improve your baseball training to take you to the next level.

1. Develop a comprehensive approach to your baseball career. Recognize your baseball career does not begin when you are in your junior or senior year of high school. Instead, develop a plan in middle school to improve your skills year by year. In this way, you can maximize your abilities by developing more physical strength and fine tuning your swing and pitching over the course of 4 or 5 years as opposed to 1 or 2.

2. Get the best baseball instruction early in your career. Do not wait until later in your career to get good hitting and pitching instruction. Instead, get the best when you are in the 8th or 9th grade. This will allow you to learn how to do it right from the start and avoid picking up bad habits. Other more experienced people have gone down the road you will travel, take advantage of their knowledge by avoiding the missteps they have made by getting good instruction early.

3. Strength training is now a must for all baseball players. In the past, there was a school of thought that stated weight lifting should be avoided or minimized. However, modern science and baseball training have categorically discarded this school of thought. Make sure you maximize your strength gains by using a baseball weight lifting schedule in each of your summers. Strength gains made in the summer translate into faster velocity, stronger hitting, and more endurance in the spring. By doing this for four years, you will allow yourself to keep getting greater physical strength gains all four years.

4. Play in the best leagues possible. If you have the opportunity to play on all star teams and teams where the other players are older and better than you, be sure to take advantage. These allow you to become a more polished player faster even if playing time is not as high as it would be on other teams. Much can be learned by using only your eyes and ears while watching better and more experienced players play.

5. Develop a daily training schedule for your skills. It has been said that your efforts in practice will pay off in the games. By creating a daily training schedule, you ensure that you are consistently getting in the appropriate amount of training each day. This training should key on practicing your swing and your pitching motion and finding ways to continuously fine tune and develop these skill sets. Over time, you will develop valuable muscle memory that will become natural movements while playing in games.

Taking a systematic approach to your baseball training will provide you with other support for your baseball training. By taking a little time to step back and map out your baseball career, you will be able to see how all the individual pieces fit into making you become a better player. This will be helpful when your mind will naturally wander and question why you are taking that 6th round of batting practice with blisters on your hands or why you need to do one more set of the incline bench press. The answer will simply be because you know it will make you a better baseball player. After all, that is why you play the game in the first place: to be the best you can be.

Jack Elliott, is a former player and fan of the game. To read more tips and techniques about baseball training, please click here: or Baseball Training

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