Going out for the team? Here’s what you need to know

THIRD PLACE, Sports

Baseball season is coming and there are things you need to do in order to be prepared. To get ready you have to start taking steps in order to make the team.

One step includes focusing on fitness. This means that you’re getting your body fit. You can do this by working out. You need to weight lift to get your arms bigger. You want your arms to be stronger because then the baseball will go a lot further when you throw it to teammates. Also, you will be quicker and more accurate at catching the ball, as well as more prepared for when you’re up to bat.

Another area of fitness for you to focus on is cardio. Cardio is important because you’re going to be running the bases. To help build up endurance, you can run on the treadmill to better prepare to run on the field. The faster you are, the less likely you are to get an out, and then the more likely you are to run more bases and maybe even get a home run.

Once you feel you are physically ready to try out for the team, it’s then important to focus on having the appropriate equipment. To tryout for a team, it’s necessary to have at least a bat, a glove and cleats. Often, once you make a team, the team provides the uniform. For beginners. when selecting a glove, a recommendation might be a mitt from the Rawlings Players Series, which is a less expensive glove, but a good glove to start with.

As you become a better player, an upgraded glove might be a Wilson A3000, which tends to be very expensive. When it comes to a bat selection, beginners might want to try a Rawlings bat, which like the glove, is on the less expensive side.

As your technique gets better, you might want to invest in an Easton bat. Cleats are a very important part of the uniform, because if you’re feet are uncomfortable, you won’t run your fastest. A good cleat to start with might be Under Armour; it’s a middle-of-the-road cleat that holds up for the season. As you get better, you might want to purchase Nike cleats, as these tend to be the top-rated baseball cleat brand. Having the right equipment, in addition to being physically fit, helps you be the best player you can be.

Now that you have the endurance and the equipment, it’s important to learn good technique. One of the most important techniques is to have a good stance when you’re up at bat.  Having a good stance is critical because it helps you get a better swing.

Another important technique is to always keep your eye on the ball. To be a good player, you need to be aware of where the base is at all times, even if you are out in the field. When you are up at bat, if you don’t pay attention to the ball, you might miss, and if you are in the field, you might miss a catch.

Having a lighter bat is another good technique to have, because it helps you swing better since it doesn’t weigh you down as you go in for the swing. Once you have figured out the appropriate bat weight for you, it’s necessary to focus on your grip. When you have a good grip and hand positioning, you have better control over the bat; better control leads to better swings.

If you are determined to make a baseball team this season, the combination of fitness, good equipment and attention to technique will almost guarantee you a spot on the team. Don’t forget to practice to make sure you’re ready to try out, but also don’t get discouraged if you don’t make the team, because there’s always room for practice.

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