Springtime is traditionally when tryouts for baseball begin, and once the new year has started you can begin to prepare yourself for this event. To improve your chances of success, do all you can to start practicing and preparing early. The following are some tips and recommendations to get you ready for baseball tryouts and a more successful chance at making a part of the team.
Practice and Train
One of the most important parts to begin ready for tryouts is to make sure you can show you can be an asset on the team. And you gain this ability from practice and training beforehand. There are several drills you can complete for practicing your baseball skills, and the right equipment makes this easier. For example, if you have access to a toss machine, you can use it to practice your hitting skills and strength.
If you want to work on your pitching and throwing ability, you can use a throwing strength training aid, which will build up your arm's strength and improve your throwing ability. Check online for various types of baseball hitting aids and training equipment to increase your training time that you can complete on your own. You can also practice throwing a ball against the side of a building, such as your school gym or another outside location.
Then, you also should look at improving your sprinting ability by completing short speed runs, such as a 60- or 100-yard dash. Measure out this distance on a playing field or park lawn and work on improving your speed and decreasing your time.
Have a Good Appearance
The right appearance includes dressing the part of being a member of the baseball team. Don't show up to tryouts wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt. Instead be prepared with a clean uniform including a baseball shirt and pants with a belt, cleats, and a baseball cap. Any part of your tryout uniform that is not on par with playing baseball will reflect a bad appearance on your part.
Your appearance also includes being on-time to tryouts and practices. You want to impress your coach by showing them you take being a part of the team very seriously and this begins as soon as you show up to tryouts. Stay for the entire session of tryouts so you show the coach you can put the time requirements and dedication into being on the team.