Former College player and now baseball advisor Jack Elliott offers some tips for players. At the end of each season a player should analyze how much time he/she is studying the game, becoming a better athlete, and amount of practice time spent advancing baseball skills.
1. Read and Watch Everything baseball. Read books, videos, watch games, go to games and ask for help from coaches and good players.
2. Practice makes perfect: Do your drills daily for at least 5 to 6 days a week. Mix up your routine, make sure you are developing the proper muscle memory.
3. Pick up something else when the season ends. To avoid burnout, choose another sport or physical exercise in the off-season. It is preferable to pcik up something you are not familiar with. This will allow you to say fit and appease any creativity interests. By the time next season rolls around, you will find yourself avidly looking forward to playing.
4. Strength Train before its to late: DO NOT make the mistake of waiting to build strength until your junior or senior years of high school. Do yourself a favor and start working out in the summer after your 8th grade year. In this way, by the time you are a senior, you will be very physically strong and ready to to have a great junior and senior seasons.
5. Get Lessons: A great instructor will save you time, wasted energy, and ultimately give you better results. By learning from a great instructor from the start, you can develop the best techniques from the start and avoid bad habits. Once you learn the lessons, you can practice them and go back for refresher course is needed.
6. Practice with a tee: The basic hitting tee is used to improve the swing and hitting consistency of many major league players. Learn from their example and use the tee to prefect your ability to hit to the opposite field.
7. Maximize your speed and power: Plyometric exercise can develop your speed and explosiveness. Learn from a trained instructor who can give you a regimen that you can practice several days a week. This added boost will carry over into other parts of your game as you can have a new found confidence in your baseball abilities.