Keep These Skills Sharp While You Stay Inside
By Eric Tyler of Baseball Rebellion
Every athlete in America is currently in the same boat. These are trying times for our country and quite frankly unprecedented waters for many of us. As I sit in the apartment continuing to work from home, I can’t help but think back to the restlessness I felt as a teenager any time I had to be in the house for more than an hour. I couldn’t imagine being 16 years old right now.
So for all you athletes or parents out there looking for ways to get better while stuck inside, this article is for you. I will cover the 3 skills that can easily be trained and developed while stuck at home. The best part you ask? None of these drills require equipment. Just you. So whether being driven by boredom or a desire to get better, let’s dive in.
3 Skills to improve while stuck at home
1. Hand-eye Coordination
- This is a skill often thought to be naturally acquired. Meaning, you either have it or you don’t. However, with how important it is to all aspects of the game, why would we not train it? Whether hitting or fielding, hand-eye coordination is one of the most important skills an athlete can have. Here are two drills to train and develop hand-eye coordination while stuck inside.
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2. General Strength
- Gyms are closed. All you high schoolers that walk around in sleeveless shirts showing off those arms that resemble wet spaghetti noodles, weighing 130lbs soaking wet while posting about the “grind” must be so disappointed. The fact is, 99% of high schoolers can benefit from just general strength training which, lucky for you, doesn’t require gym equipment. Sure, you don’t have to weigh 200lbs to play baseball at a high level. Some of you would hinder your athletic ability by trying to play at that heavy of a weight. But, try to play baseball weak and let me know how that goes. Show me a weak professional baseball player and i’ll delete this entire article. Or use your time wisely and follow this at home program created by Nick Esposito. Please, just do it.
3. Bat Path/Mechanics
- There is very clearly a time to work on mechanics and movements of the swing, and times where they shouldn’t be talked about at all. During an ordinary April, mechanics and movement talks should be very limited. But, this isn’t an ordinary April and athletes have a unique opportunity that hopefully they never will have again in their entire lives. They have the ability to train for an entire off-season, make whatever adjustments they deemed necessary, then test those adjustments for several weeks. Normally once the season starts in February/March, there is no looking back. Not this year. This year they are able to test their training for a couple of weeks, get real results, and dive back into training and adjusting what needs to be improved. So while a normal April would require mental/approach adjustments, take the time this April to make sure you continue to crush if you were killing it, or be more prepared the next time you step on a field if you were struggling.
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