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Top 10 Tips for Baseball Tryouts

Baseball tryouts are coming up! Tryouts are tough, and you will probably feel a lot of pressure, but you want to do your best with all those coaches watching and evaluating the different aspects of your game.

1. Be on time: If you're not 15 minutes early you're 15 minutes late!

2. First impressions are everything: Dress in a full uniform. Be prepared with all the equipment (spikes, socks, baseball pants, belt, uniform top, and baseball cap). Have a great attitude. Show you're willing to learn. Show the coach it's fun to work hard!!!

3. Introduce yourself: If you have never met the coach before, make sure you go out of your way to say hello and shake his hand introducing yourself. This will show the coach you are mature with a professional attitude and strong self-confidence. The type of confidence needed to lead a team, or get a game winning hit.

4. Always on Stage: During warm ups make sure you look like an athlete, taking each exercise serious, no talking with other players even if they try to talk to you. Coaches are judging you from the second they see you, don't think they are waiting for your bullpen or batting practice session to make a decision.

5. Don't be a warm up hero: Warming up is NOT the time to show off your arm. Coaches are looking for a player's ability to play CATCH, save your arm for the defensive part of the tryout, or your bullpen if you're a pitcher.

6. Eyes on the prize: Any time the coach is speaking, keep your eyes locked on his. Show the utmost attention. Do not be distracted by other players, you are there for one reason, to impress the coach enough to make the team.

7. Stay moving: When it is time for defensive drills, take a deep breath and hustle out to your position. Jump three times up into the air to release some tension and keep your feet moving. Look excited, look ready, look like defense is your favorite part of the game and you are ready and willing to showcase your talents.

8. Hustle around the field: When its time to hit, hustle in from your position grab your bat and helmet and line up ready to hit. Try to take some swings off a tee or even just take some imaginary swings before it is your turn to hit for the coach.

9. Time the Pitcher: Time your load and swing behind the cage while others are hitting, each batting practice pitcher will have a different delivery and speed to their pitches. Notice the pitcher's arm slot, where does the ball come from, over the top or more side arm? This type of mental preparation will give you an advantage over the player who jumps into the cage blindly without any clue how the pitcher is throwing.

10. Keep your head up: (players strike out sometimes in their first at bat of the game, if the player puts his head between his legs and sulks it will bring the moral of the team down) coaches need players that can rebound from failure and keep the team spirits up. 

Baseball PlayersTrying Out for the Baseball TeamCourtesy of crawdaddycove.com
 

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littlelemon213
just remember all who is trying it is 75% in your mind and 25% work but u do have to p...
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Na not my thing.
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it would be funny if you tried your best trying out and think you did bad and you did v...
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Do you have an old tire you could start off practicing with? It helps you align your hands. I find it kind of hard to explain, but there are lots of great resources out there online if you search for them. :) To do a cartwheel stand in a lunge with your favourite leg (by that I don't mean you look at it and say "that's a nice leg" but that you favor that leg when doing things, you feel comfortable with it going first), knees bent slightly, and your arms straight up by your ears. Make sure your elbows are locked. You don't want to drop. Assuming you start with your right, reach forward with your right arm while kicking your left leg up at the same time. Your left hand should follow very quickly and as it touches the ground your right leg should also be off of the ground. You should pass through the handstand briefly and your left leg should reach the ground first with your right following it and you will finish in a lunge just as you started. Hand, hand, foot, foot. 1,2,3,4. There's a rhythm to it. Keep practicing and try to perfect not kicking around as you go.
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Well I'm in 6th grade this year and next year in seventh grade I'm going to try out for cheerleading... The problem is I cant do a cartwheel or any of that! So I have to cram all of this stuff into just one year, all help is appreciated.
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