Behind every baseball championship trophy is a team of players who started in the same place – the very beginning. Whether your beginning looks like trying out for a team, training with a coach or picking up a bat and glove for the very first time, you’re in good company. Every great player was once a rookie.
Are you just getting started, jumping back in or looking to take your game to the next level? Here’s your baseball training checklist with everything you need to make it happen.
Starting with the Basics
With baseball, as with any sport, it’s important to begin with the basics. Daily or weekly drills in running, hitting, throwing and fielding might feel repetitive, but it’s in that repetition that greatness can truly emerge.
Before diving into training, completing a skills assessment is a great way to determine your strengths and identify areas for growth moving forward.
Finding Appropriate Gear
Almost everything can be ordered online these days, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the best way to find the right gear for you. Start with the experts – for example, a respected coach in your area – and listen to their guidance. They know what they’re talking about and can help you find the right fit.
While ordering online can feel convenient in the moment, you’ll save time and money in the long run by avoiding costly, and time-consuming, exchanges for gear that was not fitted specifically for you.
Without discipline, even the most naturally skilled player will find it difficult to continue to grow and improve in their skills. To reach their full potential, each player must commit to showing up again and again – and giving it 110%.
It’s important to keep in mind, however, that consistency does not mean never taking a day off when it is needed. Prioritize training, but leave time for rest and recovery, too. It’s all about balance.
The Right Coach
If you’ve ever watched a sports movie, you know there’s always one character in common – a wise coach who knows exactly what to say to guide the hero to victory. While real life isn’t always like the movies, it’s true that a good coach can make all the difference. Investing in a great one is one of the most important things on any baseball checklist.
Not sure what you’re looking for? First, he or she should be experienced with a proven track record of helping young athletes reach their potential. But the best coach is one who also supports, encourages and builds up each player – both on and off the field. That is the winning combination.
The Cheering Section
Finally, every young athlete needs one more thing to succeed – the support of family and friends. Whether that’s a word of encouragement after a loss, asking about a training session or simply showing up to every game, it means the world to know that you are on their team, win or lose. Encourage them to keep trying, keep growing and be unafraid of failure.
At the end of the day, a parent or guardian is each player’s first, and most important, coach.
Power Up Your Game at Powermill Training Academy
Powermill Training Academy provides skill training for both baseball and softball players focused on catching, fielding, hitting and pitching. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced athlete, our instructors are available to enhance your skills in all aspects of the game.
Located in Tallahassee off Capital Circle NE, our unique 16,000-square-foot facility creates an unparalleled experience for members and guests. We’re focused on player-first mentorship programs for baseball and life, helping each player improve their skills – and build character along the way. Click here to learn more.