Not a ton of tips this week, but the few that we have for you are all excellent. There were three motivational pieces, one great one for pitchers, another great one for hitters and a really interesting interview with an award winning baseball writer and her new book about Babe Ruth. Check them out, below!
Practice Like You Play: In a short video, Dan Mooney, Executive Director of College Recruiting for Baseball Factory, talks about players who practice half-heartedly, wearing non-game clothes and equipment, horsing around, just gong through the motions to get the practice over with. Many psychological studies have been done that show that if you study in the same environment that you take tests, you perform better on those tests. Sounds like it might apply to sports, too! Check out The Mooney Minute, below:
What to DO When You Advance to a Higher Level Team: Some solid advice is presented by Brad Kirsch on Slider Domination about what to do when you "level up" and find yourself playing with much more advanced players. There's a fine line between cocky and confident and more learning opportunities than you've ever had before (and some of those "opportunities" might be quite humbling). Check out the article, Fake It 'Til You Make It, When In Doubt.
Tear Hitters Up With These 4 Simple Pitches: Coach Zack with Ultimate Baseball Training goes over the 4 seam fastball, the 2 seam fastball, the changeup and the curveball. Yeah, I know, pretty basic pitches, but he talks about the type of pitchers who do better with one over another pitch and, of course, mastering just these 4 pitches and being able to locate them and mix them up is going to keep hitters off balance all the time. Best of all, he talks about the pressure points of fingers and how that influences the pitches. Check the video out, below:
"The Blizzard Big 5" - A Credo for Baseball and For Life: Flint Wallace from the Texas Baseball Ranch talks about a recent road trip they made to Minnesota to hold one of their baseball camps for the Blizzard Baseball Organization. He talks about the 5 core principles (call it a "mission statement" if you like) they try to instill in all players and coaches. Like many things in team sports, those 5 principles carry over into real life - long after your playing days are over. Click here to check out the article, "The Blizzard Credo".
How to Prevent These 5 Common Injuries: Chris Salise makes a special guest appearance on Life in the Fastpitch Lane and writes about the 5 most common injuries to softball players and what you need to do to prevent them. Even though it is written specifically for softball players, the same 5 injuries happen to baseball players, too, so pay attention boys! Click here to read "5 Common Softball Injuries & How to Prevent Them".
Another Book About The Babe?: Yeah, I know, there have been so many books written about the "Sultan of Swat", what more could someone possibly learn about Babe Ruth? Ron Kaplan interviews award winning writer, Jane Leavy, about her latest book, The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, and finds out that this book tackles many things that you think you know about Babe Ruth and how they are not true at all. Check out the interview here.
5 Tips to Add More Bat Speed: More bat speed means more power and who doesn't want more power? In this video, Coach Justin from Ultimate Baseball Training goes over 5 quick ways to add more bat speed. Check out the video, below: