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.