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Thursday, October 29, 2009

7 Tips on Becoming a Better Baseball Player

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By Harry Roberge

There is always something that can make anyone better in anything, from sports to school. Everyone thinks back on something and if there was something they could have done to produce a better result. Baseball is one of those things. Here are seven tips to becoming a better ball player.

1. Strength train. If you lift and become stronger it helps produce a stronger swing, stronger arm, more power, more resistant to injury, and more stamina. Anyone can get stronger and by being stronger you will see better results on the field.

2. Stay Active. When baseball season ends keep yourself active so you don't get out of shape. Whether it is picking up another sport, or stepping it up in the gym and training, everything helps. Some people like to stay away from baseball so they don't suffer from baseball fatigue.

3. Practice, Practice, Practice. If you are in season do drills to better yourself and so they become routine. You can't practice enough. Practice isn't perfection because no one can be perfect, that's why there are errors in baseball. Practice makes permanent. If you practice right and the way you would in a game then it will stick and when it comes to game time you'll make the play like you did in practice.

4. Think ahead. You always have to be thinking what you should do if the ball is hit to you, or if you are on base what you should do according the where the ball is hit or how many outs there are and what base you are on. That way you're not caught off guard and know what you should do in every situation.

5. Watch the ball. In everything you do in baseball, you must keep your eye on the ball. If you are hitting, you can't hit the ball if you are not looking at it all the way in. If you are in the field you can't field the ball if you're not watching it. If the ball is through to you, you can't catch it unless you're watching it.

6. Watch baseball. If you watch baseball, you can pick up things that players do or how players think. That way when the situation arises you know how to react and be smart on the field.

7. Take criticism. Coaches are only there to help you; they want you to be the best player you can be. They will teach you the right techniques and show you how something should be done. They are not trying to make fun of you or if you're the only one having that problem it might be embarrassing but it's for the better.

If you can follow those tips, then you should become better and better every day. It takes time and commitment. Don't get discouraged if you're not better right away but you will over time. You will gain more confidence once you start seeing the results and coaches will complement you and your playing will improve.

Harry Roberge

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