Have you made the decision that this is the year you learn how to play baseball? Have you been too intimidated, or maybe just haven’t had the available time until now to pick up the sport? Learning a new sport isn’t just something kids do; adults can also pick up a new and active hobby any time they like. The great thing about baseball is that, unlike some other sports out there, the rules and regulations are relatively simple to grasp and follow, which means you can focus on learning the basics of throwing, catching, hitting, and pitching instead.
So, if you’re an adult who is ready to embrace the sport of baseball and learn how to play it, here are some invaluable tips you can use.
Get Fitted for a Glove
The first thing you’ll want to do is get out to the store and get properly fitted for a baseball glove. In order to catch the ball effectively the glove has to fit just perfect. New gloves are also notorious for being very stiff, so you’ll want to give yourself a little time to work it in – especially if you have purchased a real leather glove.
Wondering what the best way to break in a new glove is? It’s simple, get out there and play catch with friends. The more use it gets, and the more you bend it and move it, the softer it will get.
The other type of glove you may also want to pick up is a batting glove. This will allow you to grip the bat a little more firmly and place a layer of protection between you and the bat. It’s a great way to ward off painful blisters and prevent calluses from forming on your hands.
Time to Buy a Bat
The next item on the list should be to purchase your own bat. There’s no need to get the top of the line bat out there, you just want something basic and simple that is comfortable for you to swing. Keep in mind that the weight of the bat can vary, and you can pick between aluminum or wood. If you plan on playing in a league, look into what their regulations are regarding bats that are allowable.
Look Into a Portable Mound
If you want to get a little practice and training in as a pitcher then a portable mound is a great option. Portable mounds save you a ton of time as you don’t have to find the nearest empty baseball diamond to practice in, constantly having to leave the house just to get in a little play time. With a portable mound you can set it up in any field or even in your backyard if you’ve got the space.
Watch Videos and Tips from Pros
This is also a great time to search online for video tips and tutorials from the pros and coaches that can teach you about your proper stance when hitting, how to properly catch a ball, and even pitching techniques and skills. It’s a great way to learn about the ideal habits that you can incorporate into your everyday training and practicing.
Find a Baseball Buddy to Practice With
The final tip is to find a buddy that also has an interest in baseball, whether they are new to the sport like you or more experienced. It’s much easier to practice hitting, catching, and pitching when you’ve got a partner to train with.
It’s Never Too Late to Learn a New Sport
No matter what your age, keep in mind that it’s never too late in life to learn a new sport and excel in it.