Step 2: Train for Number One
Even at the youth levels, coaching baseball is a year round activity, as more and more travel teams have off-season baseball workouts. The off-season should begin with a period of at least two months of no swinging or throwing. When it is time for the off-season baseball workouts to begin, coaches should address the mental game development, along with baseball conditioning and baseball weight training programs. What a great point about routine and the importance of clearing the mind. Baseball, of all the sports, is especially tough, as it is such an individual game wrapped into a team sport.
The first thing I like to do when teams get together again is to help them clear their minds by closing the door on the past season. The first phase of developing the mental aspect that Mike Trout referred to is about releasing the negative, so positive thoughts only enter the mind.
With that in mind, here is an excellent way coaches can get that closing point to players. Give me a thumbs up if you were very satisfied with last season. Give me a sideways thumb if you were somewhat satisfied with last season. Extend the arms all the way and pull the body up so the chin goes above the bar. Repeat for as many as you can. If you cannot do a pull-up, start by just doing the negative, lowering your body slowly. Do not be discouraged. At that age I could not do a pull-up.
Now I can do hundreds. Upper Body Strength Bulgarian Squat; in a wide split lunge and place top of back foot on box roughly 12 -- 18 in height.
Shin of lead leg should be perpendicular to ground when in deep Squat position thus emphasizing glute and hams. Squat down till rear knee in near contact to ground and repeat. The ball is in your court. Look for this banner for recommended activities. Join Active or Sign In. Learn More Customer Login. List your event Need to give your event a boost?
Are you sure you want to delete this family member? Be careful about not throwing weights in your hands and letting them bend your wrist all the way back. Before starting any program, do an assessment of which exercise selections are best for your individual needs, rather than a cookie-cutter approach.
Start training as soon after the season as possible to develop the habit of conditioning. Robins says the best pace is train hard for three weeks, then pull back to a lighter schedule the next week.
Do this each month until the start of the next season. Making Major League Connections. Offseason Training Tips for Hitters Nov 17, Delivered by TheSeason provides tips, drills and advice on player development for coaches, parents and fans.