I sometimes think I would have no chance of playing major league baseball in the modern age. My major league playing weight was 165 pounds, with no power and below average arm throwing strength. But, I then think about the baseball training methods available now and think maybe there would be a chance. I may have been able to play at one hundred and seventy-five pounds or more, without having lost anything speed wise. That extra weight would have been a significant advantage for strength and recovery on a daily basis, the two things I struggled with most.
Back in my day, there were no such thing as fitness facilities on every corner, school weight rooms, and private trainers. If batting tees existed, I did not know of them. I chuckle when I get this answer from kids today when I ask players what they are doing at home in the off season for preparation. "I have no place to do anything." I think, "I did not as a kid either, but I figured out a way." It is surprising how little room is necessary to have effective off-season workouts.
It is easier for today's players to reach their potential nowadays. High-speed video analysis, strength training, and coaching expertise make it so. Those did not exist when I played. My pre-season baseball training methods were crude and involved finding things to do around the house. Now, players walk into a professional training facility and work out with a professional trainer. Of course, that gets expensive for parents, on top of the fees to play youth baseball. My old-fashioned baseball training techniques are still effective with player commitment and imagination.
Following are some of the things I did as a youth and things that young ballplayers of today can do for the upcoming season.
With the many conditioning and strength training options available now to athletes, little excuse exists for not getting the most from their physical abilities. Yes, my old fashioned baseball training methods were that. But as implied, the mental training was as important as the physical development. Also, the creativeness and ingenuity of the workouts are something that's missing from today's structured youth sports environment.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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