What I Know and Remember About Baseball - Seasons

By: Mitchell Dowdy

The shift from 1974 to 2007 has been dramatic. Baseball once relegated to the dreams and comforts of summer is now a year round ambition. Not only for paid players but for the amateurs as well.

Way back when, well if you were born after 1985, pre Baseball season followed the winter sports of basketball and in some areas soccer. As each Team Sports season has gotten longer in all age groups, with the exception of High School Sports, the down time and need for pre season conditioning has diminished.

Many training exercises in other sports cross over. Running, Sprint Training and over all Conditioning are several of the cross over items. Some movements are specific to baseball.

Fielding, butt down hands out, and batting are the most notable. Time should be set aside every couple of weeks to reacquaint the muscles with those movements. Simple stationary fielding drills in the back yard are excellent. Taking 30 correct swings with the bat, nothing to hit or strike, is also excellent.

These simple drills not only provided muscle memory for doing them correctly, but when the parents are involved on such an individual and intimate setting, well, it makes up for a lot of the shows kids watch on Nick.

Parents have a lot to compete with to gain the attention of their children. In 1974, competition was with the radio, shortly thereafter, MTV. Today, kids are bombarded from the moment they wake up until they fall asleep with sounds and noise from all sorts of things vying for their attention and spending dollars.

As a Parent, the most important thing you can give to your child is yourself. What better opportunity than to separate your and your child from all the noise and participate together in a single activity. This is where baseball memories start. These memories are held closest to the heart.

So, once or twice a month, regardless of the season or the weather, take time with your child to practice a little baseball. Keep things simple, keep them brief and try a few yourself.

Much of is situational. If this happens then I do that. Learning correct technique is best learned when you teach. Let your child teach you a little. It is amazing what you each will learn.

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