As many of you know, baseball season is just around the corner! At the time of writing this, spring training is eight days away. When I think of spring training, I think of my favorite professional ballplayers getting together in sunny Arizona or beautiful Florida and playing the game we all love! They spend a lot of time on the field and a lot of time on the golf course! Team chemistry starts to occur and soon it’ll be opening day in ballparks across America!
Another thing that comes to mind when I think about spring training is hard work. I think of what I should be doing personally in order to prepare for my upcoming season, and you should too! The reason I am writing this blog post is to help players get on track. I’ll admit, there has been plenty of years where I simply do not know what to do before the season. Do I stick to lifting weights or do I focus more on baseball specific training? Do I run sprints or long distance? Do I do long toss or is it bad for my arm? All of these questions ran in and out of my head, and thinking about all of this makes you not want to do much at all. You lose the focus and energy it takes to get off your butt and make something happen. My goal is to give you some advice on what you should be doing at this time of year to ensure your success this spring!
First off, I believe in baseball specific training. Don’t get me wrong, lifting weights, running, and working out all have their benefits, but I strongly believe that the only true way to get better at something is by doing it. You won’t become a better hitter by doing squats. You won’t throw harder by running a few miles a day. Grab a teammate, coach, parent, older sibling, or anyone you can and get to your local field! Take batting practice, hit each other ground balls, play catch and do long toss! All of this will help you with BASEBALL SKILLS.
Another thing you should try to focus on is contacting college coaches. If you want to play at the next level, it is seriously never too early to get in contact with recruiters and coaches. If you are a junior in high school, it is the perfect time to start the recruiting process. If you’re a senior, it’s not too late but you need to get going! Regardless of your age or grade level, make a video! This is by far the quickest and easiest way a college can look at you and evaluate your skills. You don’t need to visit the school or go to a camp, and more importantly a coach doesn’t have to waste his time coming to your games! Try to film yourself fielding, throwing, hitting, and even running. I have found that most coaches like to see a player field 15 or 20 ground balls, take 20-40 swings, and see them run a 60 yard dash. If you add music, don’t get carried away with it. Make the video short, concise, and to the point. There are a bunch of free video editors online and Windows Live Movie Maker is included with PC’s. (Mac computers have iMovie).
After you’ve made a video, start emailing coaches and schools you are interested in attending. Make sure they have your major, class size, student/faculty ratio, etc. that you are looking for. These are all very important!
I’m excited for baseball season and I hope you are! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!
Train hard and keep swingin’,