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Does the glove fit? Many baseball speciality shops offer the baseball fan and player a wide variety of baseball attire. However, you will find the widest selection of baseball equipment at a sporting goods store.
Find where people are playing baseball near you. Many parks have numerous baseball and softball fields that are well maintained. If the field is empty, use the space for practice or find a local baseball league to join.
The safest, fastest place to improve your batting average is in a batting cage. Batting cage locations will provide you with your own cage, bat and balls. Grab a friend and go to a local batting cage for a quick and fun workout.
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After baseball season is over, most players take some time off to recover. But eventually you've got to get back in the game and your body will need some conditioning. There are many things you can do to prepare for a new year of spring training. It is a good idea to loosen up your joints and stretch regularly. Also work your heart with some jogging and cardio training. Then start strength training for power and for injury prevention. To improve your overall endurance, do 2-3 runs of 3 miles or more each week. To train your fast-twitch fibers, do sprint training 3 times a week. Also avoid being kept from the first weeks of spring training practice by paying extra attention to old injuries and problem areas. In order to keep injuries from returning, you should ice for 10-15 minutes after a hard training session which will reduce any inflammation.
Pitchers practice very hard to master the perfect throw. There are many ways to improve your pitching skills. The best way is to train with a coach, so you have someone to correct and guide you in an effective and efficient manner. Pitching with weighted balls, using stretch cords, strengthening the pelvis and developing leg stability will also help you become a better pitcher. Be sure to not over practice. The muscles and ligaments surrounding the shoulders, forearms, elbows and wrists are very fragile and can easily be torn if over worked. For some excellent pitching tips, read this article: The Complete Pitcher.
Baseball players spend a lot of time during games just standing still, waiting for the next move or seated on the bench. Then, in a split second, they need to be able to run at full speed in order to get the ball and make the play. Speed and acceleration can be improved by training your fast-twitch muscles. If you are a conditioned athlete, add plyometrics to your training twice a week. After a warm-up and stretch, do 8-10 sets of plyometrics like two-footed jumps to plyo boxes, leaps onto the Bosu ball and knee tucks. Another training method to improve speed is intervals. Mix short bursts of intense activity within your workout; for example, do a 10-15 second sprint after a warm-up jog, then recover at a slow pace for 1 minute and repeat up to 10 times. Or you can try our FitLink pre-planned Baseball/Softball Workout.
Smart baseball players are serious about injury prevention and knowledgable about the common injuries. In order to prevent injury on and off the baseball field, you must include a warm-up, a cool-down, and stretching with every workout. These elements are often skipped when time is running short. Skipping these elements will only slow you down in the long run when an injury occurs and you are benched for a season. Before a baseball game starts, your warm-ups should include an activity that increases your heart rate to about 60% of your maximum heart rate, followed by gentle stretches to prepare your muscles for the workout. Stretching should be done at the end of your training session or game while your muscles are very warm from increased blood flow. Hold each stretch for about 20-30 seconds before moving to the next stretch. Cool-downs should last about 5 minutes and gradually bring your heart rate down. If you have any discomfort, that area should be iced immediately after your workout for 10 minutes.
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