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Kevin Hussey | Jul 9, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Practicing Baseball On Your Own - 3 Ideas For You

Baseball may be known as a team sport but it’s not a sport that needs to be practiced with a team. The best way to enhance your skills is to practice by yourself. Team practice is for understanding things like cut offs, bunt defense, pick off plays and other team activities. Practicing these different plays will help your team get better but will not necessarily make you a more skilled baseball player. To get better as a player it’s important to practice on your own. Here are some ways you can practice on your own or with one other person.

Hitting (Hitting off a Tee)

Everyone’s favorite part of practice is batting practice, where they get to see how hard and far they can hit a baseball. The problem with batting practice is how kids handle it. A lot of kids see batting practice as a homerun derby with the ball perfectly placed each time (or waiting for a perfectly placed one) and swinging for the fences. When you hit off a Tee, your goals can be made more appropriate for trying to become a better hitter and can be made more realistic to game situations when done correctly. The goal of hitting the ball off the tee is to try and square up the ball as much as possible because almost all results will be the same anyways. Hitting off a tee allows you to forget about your surroundings and concentrating on increasing your strength and using proper technique. Placing the Tee in different locations that represent where an actual ball may be pitched to you - raise and lower the Tee, place it closer to you and further away - can help you learn what adjustments your body will need to make to square up on a ball based on the pitch location.

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Topics: baseball drills, hitting drills, baseball practice, bunt defense, fielding drills, infielding drills, catching drills, Outfielding drills, pickoffs, pick off moves, team practice, tee drills

Ryan Armstrong | Apr 25, 2013 12:12:00 PM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Defensive Backs"

This week's Drill of the Week is "Defensive Backs".

Aren't defensive backs football players, not baseball players? Yes, but there is one thing defensive backs are very good at that infielders and outfielders can borrow from and that is creating a transition, via a drop step and pivot, from facing the line of scrimmage to facing their own end zone and doing so with fluidity and speed. 

Relating this to baseball, infielders and outfielders need to work on creating a drop step and pivot to get angles on pop ups and fly balls over their heads. Thus, we work on this drill and pay homage to our football cousins by naming it the Defensive Back drill. In doing so, we want to see them create their drop step and open their hips on the same angle as they need to pursue the ball. We then want them to transition as quickly as possible to a sprint and run to where they need to be to catch the ball vs. backpedaling to that position. There are two main reasons for this:

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Topics: baseball instruction, infielding tips, baseball drills, fielding drills, infielding drills, Outfielding drills

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