Playing baseball can be tough, challenging and more so very discouraging for the first time making you feel like almost giving up. However, always remember even the best players had their first time. It is the resilience and hard work that kept them going so how about you wearing a positive attitude as we cross over to the champions side.
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Whether you will be playing with a team or just a friend who is coaching you, understanding the basics prior to the game is really important. it will help you know what to expect, the dos and don’ts and the rules of playing the game and how to avoid the most common mistakes made by players. Playing baseball game you can consider choosing a friend who is a pro in the game or better else hire a coach.
1) Learn the basic concepts of the ball.
Baseball is played in a special field that is divided into top and bottom innings. The four corners of the playground are referred to as the first base, second base, third base and fourth base. To make a score you will require earning some points. Your role should be earning points while your partner tries to defend the field, then quickly running around the four bases and back to the base, you made the first hit from. if your partner tags you with the ball three times before finishing the run then you are out and the game switches.
2) Familiarize yourself with the field.
The baseball field is divided into infield and outfield. The infield is the center of baseball playing. It has four defined bases; first base, second base, third base, home plate, pitchers mold, foul lines, catchers box, baseline and the grass line. The ball is pitched from the mound while the other defenders stand at one base waiting to hit the ball with a bat.
The outfield is an open space and it is not defined by any structures. However, there are few defender players at the left, right and center of the field who will catch the ball and return it to the field during long hits.
3) Learning how to throw.
A pair of gloves and a comfortable bat is a must have before you start playing. When you are making a throw your arm should be twisted back and assuming cocked back position. Use an overhand to make as many throws as possible. Avoid using underhand in all circumstances.
4) Learning how to catch.
Always catch the ball in the web of the gloves and not the pocket using both hands. You will catch the ball using one hand while you use the other hand to cover the ball after you catch the ball.
Catching the ball in the air is at times difficult as compared to catching the ball in the ground while starting but stay focused on your goal. Keep trying and don’t give up. Remember practice makes perfect
5) Hitting the ball.
Have your baseball bat ready. Remember it should be very comfortable to use. Once the ball is thrown up in the air consider hitting it before it falls back in the ground.Assume a position where your arms are fully extended, putting your weight on your back foot as you step forward when you are about to hit the ball. Your head should be pulled out almost in between your legs position.
Hitting the baseball is all about assuming the right position. Make sure you get it right.
6) Base running.
Make the right approximations to avoid being tagged out so if you are playing as a team. You do not have to always run when a pop fly is made, check out which base you are in and make right approximations and then you can consider running. For example, if you are on first base don’t run before the other player catches the ball since you can easily get tagged and you will be out of the game.
Pitching is all about assuming the right position. Ensure you have your both feet on the rubber your front foot should be opposite the pitching hand while moving the leg carefully in front of the rubber forming an L-shaped curve.
At this point, you can try throwing balls that will be difficult for the batters to hit. This is one of the most challenging parts but after you have mastered the art it is all worth the efforts.
6 common mistakes made by players to avoid.
Making a great throw is all about getting it right on the best mastery of position. Here are 6 proven positions that you should avoid;
- Dipping the shoulder
- Pulling of the ball
- Arm swinging
- Rolling the wrists over
- Losing balance during the swing
- Hitch in the swing
Gold is never found on the surface. If you want to be a pro in playing baseball you must work hard and stay focused on gaining the mastery art of the game.