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In a bid to get better at the game, baseball players may have an exercise regimen that they’ve used for years. Whether in the gym or on the track, it’s always best to engage in exercises that help in skill development – and geared specifically to help enhance performance in your given sport. However, there are some training mistakes that as a baseball player you may be engaging in that might actually be working against your performance in the game. In this piece, we are going to identify three common baseball training mistakes:

Bodybuilder training

There’s a great difference between weight training and bodybuilding though most people are not aware of this. The principles that govern both practices are very different. One thing to understand is that having big muscles will not automatically mean that you will perform better or even stronger in the sport. It’s building muscles that perform in the game that will help improve your role. Baseball is not about being the biggest guy on the field but being a great player. As such, training tailored to baseball aims at increasing one’s baseball performance- and the bodybuilder training can work counter to this objective.

Powerlifter training

Although this training is not as bad as the bodybuilder training, it still misses the point of baseball training. In order to excel in baseball, you will need speed, conditioning, endurance, strength, explosiveness, agility and you’ll need to be able to exude all these qualities throughout the game. On the other hand, powerlifters are only required to maintain the skills specific to their sport for under 5 secs per lift. Another reason why powerlifting is bad is the sum volume of the heavy lifting required in order to attain the strength of a powerlifter. This may have adverse effects on the joints and may leave one prone to injury. Powerlifting may not be overly bad but should be followed with caution and specific to the benefits of baseball play.

Generic cardio

Of course cardio has its benefits but going for a leisure run does not activity benefit general baseball conditioning. A good conditioning plan will help achieve the needs of a specific athlete and also achieve the specific sport’s needs. Taking part in generic cardio may not meet these two objectives. You need cardio that is tailored to meet your needs on the field and in play. Sprinting, focusing on high energy boosts, for example, could be a great cardio option for baseball.

Bottom line is to try and keep most of your training specific to what your sport calls for. Augment that with general exercises, and you can build your body to meet the needs of most any sport.

It’s important for every player to complete a “pre-exercise” before they undertake a full exercise session. Stretching helps cut on soreness as well as injury. However, as we all know, every sport has its particular muscle groups that it utilizes. In baseball, the muscles in use include most of the body, with heavy usage on the arms, legs, and shoulders.  For this reason, stretching is advised before a full-fledged workout and even before and after a game. Here are some basic, yet important tips.

Warm up

You can get your body warmed up by engaging in a brisk jogging or walking session for 5 to 10 minutes. If you are operating in limited space or indoors, you can choose to jog or march in one place with high knees.

Shoulder exercises

There are numerous ways you can get the shoulders limbered up. A common way is holding your arms out to your sides and then making circles. Start off slowly before enlarging the circle size till you get to windmills, that is, your arms almost turning vertically. Go with this activity for a minute or so before changing directions. Additionally, you can also hold your arms down to your sides and then embark on shoulder circles where you move just the shoulders forward, up and back for a minute before going in the opposite direction.

Loosening the body

For better-throwing flexibility, you want your body to be relaxed and loosened and torso stretches are a great way to do this. Start off by crossing your arms over the chest and spreading your feet a little wider than shoulder width. Next, turn the body from the waist to the farthest you can go on one side and then do the same on the other side. Do this for 30 to 60 seconds. Next, lie down on your back with your hands outstretched while your feet on the ground and the knees bent. Twist your body from your waist in order to lower the knees to the ground on one side. Revert to the original position and then do the same on the other side. Do this for one minute.

When an exercise session comes to an end, do some static stretches. Get into a stretch position and then keep at it without bouncing. Do this for half a minute and repeat at least three times. Ensure you stretch the shoulders and your legs, as well.

Augment these ideas with your own stretching techniques. It doesn’t take a lot of time to warm up your body with stretching, and the benefits are well worth it!

All coaches and baseball players alike are focused on the season, and winning is often at the top of their minds. However, this persistent focus could easily lead to overtraining without the notice of either the coaching staff or the players. So how do you establish whether the team is training excessively? Think “period”.

Training Periodization

The time of the year is paramount in determining when and where baseball athletes should be going all in with their practice or when to tone things down a bit.

Pre-season

During the pre-season period is when you want to ensure the intensity of the training is high and concentrate on the movements that will be specific to the sport. Gradually as the season nears, you should reduce the volume of work that you’ll be doing but at the same time ramping up on the specificity of the exercise selection. Finally, when it’s a week before the season, give room for a de-load or “taper and peak” effect, which will optimize the players’ conditions as the season kicks off.

In-Season

During the season, ensure you focus mostly on auto-regulation. This means gauging the team and regulating the intensity of their practice. In most cases, baseball players need to reduce the volume of the training in this period to give room for maximum recovery and that they have optimal performance. Additionally, you should incorporate other recovery measures such as Epsom salt baths, contrast showers, massages and of course sleep.

Post-Season

When the curtains come down on the season, hand the team an off-season gift of a one or two weeks off that is exempt of all high-impact training. This means no hitting the gym, lifting weights or doing heavy cardio. As a coach, ensure that this time is mandatory to all the athletes, as it will help rejuvenate their minds and bodies.

After the break is over and training resumes, avoid heavy work that will directly load the spine until the players are a few weeks in.

Besides the season timing, other factors to consider include nutrition, stress management, sleep, training experience, mindset, the current recovery capacity and current work capacity as these factors can assist the players in working hard or hinder them. Schedule out a smart routine throughout the year in order to maximize performance during the on-season.

 

As a coach, whether in the Little League or Major League, I bet your focus is on having your team hitting the ball harder, running faster or throwing further, along with improving the overall performance of each player. However, proper training – both mentally and physically – is most paramount for paramount results. Focused and consistent training is specific and progressive towards enhanced performance. Yet, intense training is often not pain-free. There are really only two strategies to help players deal with injuries: don’t make a given injury worse or work to avoid injuries altogether (the latter, easier said than done).

 

 

  • Pain-free training

There is a common training cliché – no pain no gain. This couldn’t be further from the truth. When a player is injured or hurt, it won’t always be beneficial for them to train through the pain, especially if the injury brings acute pain. If a player is injured, continued training could be delaying their healing process or even damaging their tissues if not done properly. This will, in turn, hurt their performance and will have adverse effects on the team. Players should learn to train and work out around the injured area while following smart PT therapies for the impacted zone.

  • Handle old injuries carefully

Players who had been injured previously have a higher chance of getting injured again in the same area. Many players are not aware of this and that is why they get injured when doing a particular movement, heal and then revert to the same movement without changing their routine. Work the injured area slowly, starting with low-intensity exercises. Ensure of following proper techniques while training or working out. In spite of being careful, it doesn’t mean that you should neglect these injury sites. Lack of training will make them weak and even more prone to injury.

  • Conditioning workouts

Put simply, the lower the conditioning levels of your players, the faster they will get fatigued. The faster they are fatigued, the faster their technique will whither. And when technique goes array, it often leads to injury. As such, improve on the players’ conditioning levels as it will help fight fatigue and thus steer clear of injury risk.

  • Sleepytime

Sleep also works towards or against natural healing. Studies have shown that teens and adults need to clock in at least 7 hours every night if they are to reduce the risk of injury. When your players get 7 to 9 hours, it will also improve on their baseball performance at multiple levels, including injury risk.

Train hard, but train smart. Follow proper technique, take special care of your previously-injured areas, and remember to get your Zs.

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If a baseball team, whether in Little Leagues or in the Majors, is to succeed, it has to have a solid training program in place. Considering that teams perform differently regardless of the league, chances of getting positive results are highly dependent on how good the training/practice program a team has, among other things. So what makes for a good training program? As a coach, let’s take a look at the must-have items:

  • Should be specific

Specificity means coming up with training activities that produce specific results exclusive to baseball athletes. It means crafting exercises that get as close as possible to simulating the target activity. However, it is not confined to the exact movement that one is trying to mimic – which is something many coaches strive to achieve. Activities such as Bulgarian split squats and single leg hip thrusts have been found to contribute immensely to a player’s running speed yet they are miles away from actually running. For this reason, a training program should incorporate all exercises that help improve specific movements in the playing field to be most effective.

  • Training should be pain-free

The injury rates in baseball games are somewhat high, so why should we add to the problem during practice? For this reason, it is paramount that training is free from pain. Training is supposed to make a player better at the game, add endurance, and strengthen the body. Pain limits the range of motion and amount of load that a player can place on his/her body. A good training program should focus on working around pain and not through it.

  • Progression

Progress is achieved in different forms. It encompasses less pain, heavier loads, faster movement, more confidence and of course better technique. Plus great coordination is also what you’d list down as good progress. When you focus on all these objectives when designing a training program, it should lead to performance enhancement and better player stats.

  • Great technique

This is a must-have in every training program. Without great technique in movement, it won’t be able to achieve proper progression due to poor motor patterns and bad habits while in the gym. For this reason, focus on nailing down the proper technique. Excellent technique tends to beget excellent results.

 

The coach of every baseball team regardless of the league they are in plays a huge role in the success of the team. For this reason, every coach should learn how to communicate effectively with the players, other coaches, and trainers. What meshes a team together is communication, both verbal and non-verbal. When everyone has accepted and respects the coach, it leads to success. For this reason, here are a few helpful tips that every coach should focus on:

  • Be strategic with your knowledge

This is arguably the best advice you’ll receive in coaching school (if there’s such a thing). Good coaches place a priority on the context and not on the content they have. This means that a good coach chooses to be purposeful in their communication and not try to show how knowledgeable they are each chance they get. They focus on asking questions to hear what the athlete wants when asking for advice and provide direction as needed. Good coaches realize that in many cases if an athlete has too much information to work with, they may struggle to make sense of it all. Be strategic in the content and quantity of instruction you give your athletes. Keep it positive, but constructive.

  • Body language

Many coaches are not aware that they pass messages to their athletes non-verbally. However, this communication is just as important when trying to build a real coaching relationship with the team. As such, every coach should be aware that how they carry themselves and how they communicate often speak louder than the actual words themselves. Movement, posture, the tone of voice, eye contact, how one looks and listening ability speak volumes and help determine how others see you. These non-verbal clues help instill respect and confidence in your coaching abilities.

  • Being effective vs being informative

It’s not all about the information that you have, but rather how effective you deliver that information. Instead of using drawn-out explanations on the field, why not simplify it? Telling long stories to make your point don’t tend to foster understanding. Keep your information simple and to the point. Ensure that you explain to the team in a way they can understand. Information will not be effective if you cannot communicate it effectively. Remember that clarity results in the desired action while complexity can bring confusion.

Exude confidence and leadership. Players will follow and adopt those same positive characteristics to use throughout their lives.

 

Virtually everything has a genesis, and so is the great game of baseball. This great game is thought to have originated in England as a game known as ‘rounders’. Rounders later gained its popularity in the United States in the 1800s. Other names accorded to the game include base, roundball, townball, and goalball among others.  The game was invented by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, New York, although there have been some controversies by historians. As documented, the game had rules that were first written by Shane Ryley for Knickknocker’s team in Manhattan.  Modern baseball has two major leagues, the National League and the American League.

Crucial dates

In 1845, baseball rules were made formal by Alexander Cartwright. Eventually, the first game was recorded in 1846. Cartwright’s Knickknocker’s lost to the New York Baseball Club at Elysian Fields, in Hoboken, New Jersey. In 1858, the first National Baseball Association of baseball players was formed and it became the first amateur baseball league. However, in 1860s civil war disrupted the teams, but the soldiers who had played introduced the game to other areas of the country.   In 1868, a comeback was experienced with a 100 team representation at the annual convention. In 1869, there was the first professional team with players under pay – the Cincinnati Red Stockings. In 1871 the National Association became the first professional baseball league which was replaced by the National league led by businessmen in 1875. In 1882, a rival league was formed – the American Association while the Union Association closed in 1884 due to financial difficulties. In 1903, the first World Series was played and in 1911, a ball with a cork center was introduced to help ease the way for batters.

Some of the notable players

George Babe Ruth is one of the most outstanding home-run hitters that baseball has ever had. Hank Aaron is another great baseball player; a prolific home-run hitter. Jackie Robinson became the first African American baseball player to cross the lines of segregation. Lou Gehrig is known as the ‘The Iron Horse.’ He took part in 2130 games and won a triple crown in 1934.

Some notable games    

The highest combined scores in major League history was recorded in 1922 and in 1932, and Babe Ruth called his center field home run hit for the very next pitch.  In 1951, Bobby Thomson hit a walk-off home run leading the Giants to victory over Dodgers. This is what is referred to as ‘shot heard’ all over the world.

In conclusion, irrespective of the controversies that exist among historians on the origin of baseball, the game’s consistency and history accords it a ‘must watch game’ title. You can choose to make baseball one of your favorite sports. It’s certainly a favorite of ours. Click here for more blogs http://followthrubat.com/.

Baseball exercises, pro training baseball batWhat are some of the baseball workouts that can help get you ready for the next season? Baseball is an extraordinary sport that utilizes particular muscles explosively. As a result, a more beneficial baseball workout does not revolve around endurance or bulking up; it is all about how you fine-tune your core, conditioning the muscles (fast twitch muscles), and being flexible in preparation for the action. Below are some of the best baseball exercises or workouts that can help you improve in the next season:

  1. Say Yes to Yoga

Yoga is becoming a significant workout constituent of baseball sports all over the world. Realistically, yoga merges the key components from many types of exercises. It may look easy but just try a session or two. Yoga can provide a tremendous workout. Some of its elements include core strength, breathing, focus, flexibility, and injury prevention. Yoga is done both for speed and power. It’s yoga that helped Giancarlo Stanton emerge as a star at the National League in 2014 and 2015. Notably, Stanton didn’t achieve these exemplary results from lifting heavy weights but rather used yoga as an ingredient in his workouts. Alongside core exercises and plenty of time in the batting cage, yoga will do wonders for you. It helps build your flexibility, strength, balance, and conditioning.

  1. Five-tool workout

The five-tool workout includes Arm strength which you attain through long toss drills, fielding which you achieve through ladder drills, speed which you attain through treadmill sprints, and single leg/single arm rows coupled with kneeling cable chops. Want to hit for power? Try squats, squat jumps, as well as rotational medicine ball throws. Beyond these workouts, healthy nutrition and proper rest are keys to becoming a star baseball player.

  1. Chest and back workout

Equally important workouts are for your chest and back.   Just like your core and legs for flexibility, so are your back and chest. A couple good workouts for the chest and back include the chest cable crossover and dumbbell bench press, among others.

  1. TRX push up

TRX push-ups are essential as they help a baseball player to engage targeted muscles to strengthen your core. Additionally, they augment your shoulder’s strength and stability. One of the ways to ensure that the push-ups are effective is to engage your core and also tighten your thighs for a maximal effect on the shoulders and the entire upper body.  Do 3 sets at 15 reps each set, and rest for at least 45-120 seconds after each set.

Conclusively, the above-mentioned workouts or exercises are vital in baseball training and can help propel your game to the next level. Click here http://www.followthrubat.com/ for more blogs

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