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Learning Techniques to Improve Your Baseball Skills

Learning Techniques to Improve Your Baseball Skills

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…is a collection of simple baseball techniques/tips for players, coaches and parents. Contributing experts include; former major league players, professional baseball scouts, high school and college coaches, baseball clinicians and others associated with teaching the fundamentals of baseball..
…is a collection of simple baseball techniques/tips for players, coaches and parents. Contributing experts include; former major league players, professional baseball scouts, high school and college coaches, baseball clinicians and others associated with teaching the fundamentals of baseball..

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Learning Techniques to Improve Your Baseball Skills
…is a collection of simple baseball techniques/tips for players, coaches and parents. Contributing experts include; former major league players, professional baseball scouts,high school and college coaches, baseball clinicians and others associated with teaching the fundamentals of baseball.
Make sure that you chose a bat that you can handleeffectively.
Your size and strength, not your age, shoulddetermine the bat you should use.
Pick the bat up by making a “
” with your arms and holding the bat in thefingers, the wrists remain loose and flexible which allows a rolling action.
Alignment of the knuckles is a key element in the grip. Align the knuckles youknock on doors.
You must feel comfortable in your stance.
Your position in the batter's box is very important. A general rule to follow is toline up your belly button with the middle of the plate.
The distance you should stand away from the plate is very important. To findwhere you should stand, place your left foot so your toes are touching the plate.The distance of your foot is how far you should be from the plate. Remember…use your foot size and no one else.
The back elbow should be in a 45 degree angle (or where you feel comfortable).
The hands should be placed around the shoulder area. A slightly bend in thelead arm is imperative because a straight lead arm will lead to a slow bat. Theback elbow should be in a moderate position.
The shoulders should be parallel with the ground and the front shoulder slightlytilted down. This will encourage a level swing. Anytime the front shoulder is upor flies open you will usually pop the ball up or miss the pitch entirely.
In the stance, both your head and eyes need to be straight and the chin shouldbe near the front shoulder.
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Your knees and ankles should be slightly bent to help the body remain loose.
The front knee should be tucked in towards the back knee which will help pushthe weight back. There should be a transfer of weight from the back side of thebody to the front side. The majority of weight should start over the back leg.
The only difference between your stance and stride is that you pick up your frontfoot and place it down.
The longer you can wait before you start your stride, the better chance you haveof hitting successfully. The ball must come to you and will get there soonenough without having to go out after the pitch.
The front foot controls the stride. Try to stride no more than 4 inches. If you arehaving problems, widen your stance and hit with no stride. Younger players willhave more success by widening their stance to the width of their shoulders andnot striding. Striding can cause more problems than it helps!
The hands during the stride must remain back. If the hands move forward duringthe stride, power is lost.
The stride is one of the hardest concepts to master in all of baseball. Go from astance to a stride and back over and over and over until it becomes a habit.
Research has proven that a hitter has 4/10th of a second from release point tothe contact point, which leaves 2/10th of a second to determine speed, spin, andzone with 2/10th of
a second to execute the swing. When you know you aregoing to swing and where the pitch is, you should start your swing with anexplosive rotation of your back side, back hip and leg.
Quick back hip action is necessary for a hitter to have a good quick bat.
A hitter with slow hips will eventually be overpowered on the higher levels ofbaseball.
You should track the ball from the pitchers hand all the way to your bat.
Once in the batters box, you must block everything out of your mind except "seethe ball, hit it."
Strength, speed, accuracy, and correct techniques are necessary to successfullythrow the baseball.
There is one grip for infielders, outfielders, and catchers. Pitchers will use avariety of grips.
A proper grip involves placing the index and first middle finger over one of thelong seams. These two fingers should be spread slightly apart. The thumb isdirectly under these two fingers. There should be a space between the palmand the ball and it should not be jammed back in the palm. The last two fingers
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should rest on the side of the ball trying to stay out of the way. This grip shouldbe used every time a throw is made to guarantee maximum velocity. (Youngerplayers might have to place three or all four fingers on the baseball to overcometheir small hands.) The ball should be held loosely and released overhand witheven pressure off the fingers to get a good straight, hard throw. Practice thisgrip until you can form the habit of fielding a ball and picking it out of your glovewith the proper grip.
The correct throwing position is to turn your body sideways and point the gloveshoulder at the target. The ball should be in the glove and the hands at thechest. Your head and eyes should be staring at the target. Your body shouldbe loose and ready 10 throw.
Once in the throwing position you should lift your glove side leg waist high. Asthe leg comes down the hands should "break" (separate). The elbows shouldgo up, shoulders level, and arms out away from the body. Make sure theknuckles stay on the top of the ball.
The glove leg should come down and stay closed as the stride is made. Thestride foot should land flat (a little open) while the back leg is pushing off toprovide the power. At this point the glove side hip, shoulders, eyes, and frontfoot should be pointed at the target.
The hips should rotate open bringing the arm up, around, and on top. Theelbow is above the shoulder, arm at a 90 degree angle, wrist straight, front legbent, back heel up, and glove tucked in close to the body.
Always try to throw from an overhand 3/4 release point.
The elbow should lead the wrist, which is cocked back with the proper grip, andyour arm should straighten as you release the ball with a downward snap of thewrist and a downward pull of the index and middle fingers (applying equalpressure by both fingers).
Release the ball in front of your body as your hand starts down across the bodyin the follow-through.
As you release the ball the arm goes down across the body with the elbowending by the glove knee. The hips and shoulders continue through the motionand the back foot is lifted off the ground by your momentum. The back foot thenlands and the throwing shoulder is now pointed at the target.
Games can be won or lost depending on howwell or poorly you execute on the base paths.
It is very difficult for you to significantlyincrease your running speed after the age of16. Most players develop their speed betweenthe ages of 8 and 16.
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