Everyone loves America’s favorite pastime – Baseball! The sun on your face, the green of the field, the crack of the bat and the roar for the crowd appeals to young and old fans alike. There is nothing that compares to an afternoon eating peanuts and watching a baseball game.
Throwing, catching, base running and batting are key skills required for any aspiring baseball player. All of these skills are fun to practice with your family and friends. Set up a baseball skills challenge for a fun weekend mornings of baseball basics. This is the first of a four-part series on baseball skills.
Remember to warm up your muscles before you do any of the workouts. First, stand with your legs shoulder width apart and swing your arms in a huge circle 10 times, then backward 10 times. Stretch your shoulder by placing your right arm across your chest and hold with your left arm below the elbow. Now switch arms and do the same thing. Before throwing hard it is always important to warm up your arm. Stand a medium distance apart and gently throw the ball in a lofted arc back and forth until your arm is loose and ready to go.
Throwing a baseball is not simple. To throw accurately requires the entire body to work together. Every position on the baseball field requires the ability to throw the ball accurately.
You need the right grip to throw a baseball. The photo below shows the proper finger position. You want to hold the ball across the seams as shown. Keep the ball out on your fingertips, not in the back of your hand. Using your fingertips will give you better accuracy and speed.
When you bring the ball back to throw your wrist should be cocked so it can be used as part of the
Practice this skill by bending your throwing arm at the elbow holding your forearm vertical. Hold your throwing arm just below you wrist with your glove hand. With your arm in this position, practice throwing the ball with just your wrist and fingers. It may feel strange, but keep working on this skill. Using your wrist and fingers correctly will play a major role in the accuracy and strength of your throw.
The throwing motion is circular. Think of a small circle for a short throw and a large circle for longer throws. Bring your arm back at should height with your hand making a circle to release the ball forward.
Throwing is the most important part of your game. Now go get a friend and your gloves and practice the basics of the throw.