Everyone knows baseball is a team sport. It’s always best to train with the team. Without your team, you can’t improve the chemistry between the players or accuracy in on-field timing. But there are some other aspects which you can improve by training personally at your home or your training facility. This post is about 5 ultimate best ways to practice baseball alone. By following these tips, you can improve some individual skills, making you more efficient & bonafide in on-field play.
Practice categories in details-
Throwing is an essential skill that you need to gain through a lot of practice. Especially when you are in a pitcher position, you need to be a skilled thrower. Luckily you can practice this on your own. There is no shortcut to practicing, to be a good thrower.
At first, get a bucket or big bowl full of balls & put a cross mark on something of 1 foot wide. Take your position 20 feet away from that mark. Now throw 15-20 balls to hit that mark. Take your position more than 20 feet away from your previous position. Again start hitting the mark with balls. This way, you continue as much as you can. You will understand when you can throw more accurately. By the way, you need to collect all the balls after the bucket is empty!
For fielding, swinging & pitching, hand-eye coordination is the most important thing. If your hand doesn’t react with the object that you are targeting, then you will suffer on the baseball field. Getting a fast-moving ball in hand, then shifting the ball in the throwing hand & fast completing the throw requires a certain hand-eye coordination level.
Drill-1: Toss a baseball in the air & catch it with one hand in one chance. You do this around 100-120 times at a time.
Drill-2: Tap the ball on a wall & catch it with one hand. Interchange the ball to throwing hand & again tap to the wall. This process does continuously at a constant speed for a period of time.
Drill-3: Take a small stick in hand & practice flipping it in one hand. Catch the stick constantly every time & concentrate on what you do. Practice this every day for more coordination between hand & eye.
How good you are in swing determines how good you are in batting. You can’t achieve this swinging skill in a day. Constantly doing swing practice can make your batting skill sharper.
Get the bat in your hand & swing it with your eye movement same time. Do this empty swinging every day around 120 times to suit your body with a swinging movement. This will make your arms stronger also.
After you finish empty swing practicing, get a ball thrower machine. Start hitting the balls slowly with the right swinging method. Don’t hit with power at an initial stage of swinging. When you understand, you can hit the balls properly, then start hitting with power. Focus more on swinging accuracy than putting so much power. Most importantly, if you can constantly hit the ball by swinging properly, you can pay heed to speed & power after that.
Skill like agility is so valuable in any sport. You need to understand quickly the movement of your opponents & moving in response. To be more agile, you need to have a well-built body also. So when you are practicing baseball skills alone, you need to undertake some exercises to be more agile. Luckily, for agility training, you don’t need expensive equipment. You can do exercises like sprinting, ladder work, etc., to be more agile. Sprinting practice will help you understand how much distance you can cover in a specific time period. These exercises will help you move faster & you will feel more confident.
Strong arms are essential for batting, throwing. Having great power in hand-arm strength is a must. There are some ways to make arms stronger. Get a bucket full of balls & a wall to throw the balls at it. Throw the ball to the wall as fast as possible & catch the balls. Do this constantly as much as you can. Do around 250 times at a time. Maintain this arm strength practice three times a day. This will help ball catching capacity also.
Finally, these are the best ways to practice baseball alone. We tried to give you some ideas for your improvement in baseball so that it helps. If you know how to use available resources around you, you can create more ways to practice alone. But no practice works great if you don’t have dedication & a routine for practicing regularly. If you know your weak points, you can focus more on the specific exercise, which will convert your weakness into a strength.