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Learning The Basics
Baseball is known as the american sport! It dates back to the mid 1800s. So many people from so many different walks of life have and still play baseball. Some of these people play at a professional level all the way down to little league. It doesn't matter who it is or where they came from, this is a sport that all can play. Have you ever heard the phrase practice makes perfect? It is slightly untrue. No one is perfect, there will be mistakes. Practice does make better. So just remember that mistakes will be made and no one is perfect. Interested in learning a little bit of knowledge about the game? Grab a glove and a ball and lets play ball!
It's not whether you fall -- everyone does -- but how you come out of the fall that counts. See all The Basics
Playing is the key to this all. First and for most you have to have the love for the game. This is one key asset to have in order to move forward. It is a game and you are supposed to have fun. A player must know how to hit the ball and field the ball. Learning these steps takes time and patience. The player must learn to win with pride but not ego, and how to lose with dignity. While learning please remember to have fun!
Learning to hit the ball is known as the offensive side of the game. Hitting the ball allows runners to score. Hitting off of a tee is the best practice a player can get. The tee allows the player to maintain eye contact with the ball. In doing this the player can now see where the ball is hitting the bat. This is a very important skill to learn. While in a game situation the player must apply these skills to the at bat. Get a tee and net and practice hitting off of it no matter young or older kids. This technic never hurts.
Fielding the ball is known as the defensive side of the game. Fielding is key so runners are not allowed to score. There is more that plays into fielding than just getting a ground ball or a pop up. For all intent purposes lets stick to the basics. A player should have a fielding glove and be ready. I always call it looking for the ball; a player must always be ready and looking for the ball. When a ground ball is hit stay in front of it, never sliding away, and make sure the fielding glove is down on the ground with the pocket facing up. This allows the player to stop the ball in front of them. The free hand allows the player to secure the ball into the glove without it rolling out. If a player slides from the ball, the glove also slides away from the ball. For pop ups raise the glove above the head and allow the other hand to secure the ball in the glove. It is an instinct I have that when the ball is hit in the air, the first step that should be taken is back. This way you are now ready to go back if the ball is over your head or go forward if the ball is hit short. Fielding is a fundamental that every player has to learn in order to continue playing his/her passion.
Keep Your Head Up.
Losing games is no fun, but I am here to tell you that it will happen. A lost just means there is still practice to master. There will be things that makes a team lose. This is not a bad thing. Winning all the time only hurts players in the long run. Learning to lose and keeping your head up shows true character in a young kid. I have been on 15-0 teams and I have been on 0-15 teams. Throughout these years i was able to keep my head held high and a smile on my face. I was doing what i loved best, playing baseball. Remember that the best player in the world has lost games, and many games at that. Do not get down on yourself because you lose or make a mistake. These are all necessary evils in learning the game of baseball. Kids may not understand quite what I am getting at and thats why us as parents need to instill this into them every time they feel down or that they have something wrong. Pick their heads up and keep them playing.
He didn't get where he is today without losing, but he has kept a smile on his face. This is Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees. See all Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees Composer and Dignity
Kids can be harsh and put one another down. I believe we should never talk down to any one. As part of a ball team I believe keeping the attitudes of the players, coaches, and parents involved will teach the kids a very valuable lesson. Kids should always cheer their team and players on no matter what the outcome of the game is. Never should a child and/or parent talk bad or disrespectful of another team and/or player. This teaches our young children that it is about fun but also about respect. I have seen many bad examples of this and wish we could change it right then. Unfortunately there are highly competitive players, coaches and/or parents that do not like to see their team or kid losing. All in all we need to come together to help cheer these kids on in a respectful way and remember to let them have fun while playing a game they enjoy.
Being The Best Ball Player You Can Be!
It all takes heart. Anything you do, you can do better with your heart in to it. I am here to tell you if you have a passion for the game and understand the fundamentals, you will end up going far. Taking all of this in, if you continue working towards becoming the best baseball player and you follow your fundamentals, you will be a great baseball player.
Take this in; For a player to understand and fully come to their potential, the love of the game will have to be tremendous. If you have coaches or team mates that do not believe in you then prove them wrong by taking their criticism for fuel. This means to use their criticism as a motivation to you. This can help motivate you to work harder. Remember the old saying, "Practice makes perfect"? Well, it may not make you perfect because that is a far reach for anyone to say, but it can make a big difference in your ability as a player. Continue to strengthen your weaknesses and work on the skills needed to get whatever job done that needs to be.