In the Part 1 of this series we talked about how working on throwing accuracy in a baseball summer camp can improve your season, and then in Part 2 we talked about the value of sportsmanship and team play and how a summer camp can help with these skills.
In Part 3 we talk about the one thing that attracts everyone to baseball in the first place – Hitting!
Hitting is the most talked about subject once the season starts. Whether your child is hitting well or slumping do these sentiments sound familiar?
"I've been hitting great so I don't need any extra practice" or
"I can't seem to hit anything I guess I need some help"
For most of the players we work with they fall into one of these two mentalities. The major difference being that when a slump hits, which inevitably it will at some point during the season, immediately it’s time to hit the panic button.
The highs and lows of a player's hitting over the season can be minimized through ongoing deliberate practice. What happens when your team gets into the middle of summer and it's game after game after game? Simple - if you are just showing up to games then you are not getting enough swings!
(Rick Johnston writes about "...How Precious is an At Bat", this will definitely put things in perspective.)
So whether you are in a slump with your hitting or just want to avoid one, a summer baseball camp can help.
Lots and lots of swings! You will get more swings over the week than in your entire season.
You can focus on the task at hand. Young athletes can feel a lot of pressure from their coach, teammates, even parents. Practice during a week-long baseball camp can give them a break from the pressure of playing and allow them to just enjoy the game.
Coaches will provide feedback on the player's swing and approach. This gives purpose to each swing that the player makes in practice. Click on the clip below for 3 Tips on what you can focus on during practice.
Confidence – slumps cause players to lose confidence which only makes it harder for them to rebound and start hitting the way they can. Players will build confidence back by seeing the results of their efforts in practice.
Mental Approach – as you understand the game more you will be able to improve how you approach each bat. When you can have a game plan and approach for each time up to bat you are setting yourself up for success.
(If you can’t wait until the next baseball camp, get started right away and download our FREE eBook on Hitting.)
So get out to a Summer Baseball Camp this year to work on your hitting and every other part of your game. And make sure to HAVE FUN!