Introduction to the Playing Guide

The Playing Guide provides detailed information about how to play each of the nine baseball positions.

Helping Your Kids Train to be Better Baseball Players

Parents and guardians typically want what's best for children under their care and supervision, and when it comes to sports and athleticism in general, that same rule tends to hold true. Though if you're sane enough you probably don't expect your kid to become a Major League Baseball all-star, you still want to make sure that, whatever sport your child does choose to pursue, he or she will not only enjoy the experience, but have the skills to succeed in said activity. For this reason, preparing your child to play baseball is something that involves active participation on the part of the parent and/or guardian, and below, we'll provide some tips to help you best focus on getting the training your kid needs to succeed.

Start with the fundamentals…

Look, your kid isn't going to walk up to home plate and smack the ball out of the park on his first time swinging, especially if he's still seven years old. Before anyone can worry about scoring runs, one has to actually be capable of holding the bat properly, knowing where to run and when to act in the field, and how to read players on the other team (particularly the pitcher). Take each of these issues and face them one at a time, until your child understands the basics. Focus on proper hand placement on the bat handle, as well as getting the child to feel comfortable with an appropriate batting stance, and that should help him/her get off the ground running.

Next, get some practice in…

After your child has the fundamentals down pat, you'll want to move on to other areas that involve more actual playtime. A good place to start for younger kids is on a t-ball set, or with you pitching slow balls to the children. For older children, however, that may be too easy a place to start. To get a child prepared for the reality of the speed of the balls pitched and the actual showdown between a player armed with a bat and the ball hurling towards him, try bringing your kid to the batting cages. By facing off against a pitching machine, a child can better adjust to the timing of pitches, work on his hand-eye coordination, and practice swinging with the new stance and bat holding techniques you've taught him.

Bring others around to join in the fun…

Baseball won't be any fun for your child if he or she only works on the mechanics of the game play. Sometimes, you just need to take your kid out to a field and play with other kids his or her age. Besides, this will help your child with team dynamics later on, which will certainly pay off in the end. click here.

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