Tip # 5 - Throw the baseball with intent.
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These are turning into pet peeves of sorts, but that is because they are easy areas of development that can be improved regardless of talent.
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Too many young players go play catch with no purpose whatsoever. They just toss the ball around until their coach calls them into a meeting or other areas of practice. Very rarely do any youth players get anything out of their throwing sessions. Even worse, is they practice poor fundamentals, and ingrain bad habits that will translate poorly to on field play. 
Here's what to do instead.
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1.) Have an idea of what you want to accomplish in your throwing session. Maybe you'd like to feel more comfortable in the windup, or get a feel for a change up. Maybe you'd just like to build some arm strength. Either way, mentally commit before the session, and each throw during to accomplish a small task.
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2.) Throw and take your stride on line. Here is one that virtually no one does, yet yields great habits when practiced. Since most fields have no points of reference on the outfield grass, set two balls apart from each other in a straight line with your partner. Make sure to start and finish each throw in line with those baseballs.
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3.) Pick a throwing partner with the same goal of possible. It make no sense to throw with someone who wants to throw 300 feet, if you only want to work on your feel from 45-90 ft. It also makes no sense to throw with someone who goofs off all the time. Playing catch is a sacred time to ruthlessly improve for the elite baseball player. Even if you aren't at that level yet, it's time to actually get something positive from every throwing session.
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  • showmestrengthTip # 5 - Throw the baseball with intent.
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    These are turning into pet peeves of sorts, but that is because they are easy areas of development that can be improved regardless of talent.

    Too many young players go play catch with no purpose whatsoever. They just toss the ball around until their coach calls them into a meeting or other areas of practice. Very rarely do any youth players get anything out of their throwing sessions. Even worse, is they practice poor fundamentals, and ingrain bad habits that will translate poorly to on field play.
    Here's what to do instead.

    1.) Have an idea of what you want to accomplish in your throwing session. Maybe you'd like to feel more comfortable in the windup, or get a feel for a change up. Maybe you'd just like to build some arm strength. Either way, mentally commit before the session, and each throw during to accomplish a small task.

    2.) Throw and take your stride on line. Here is one that virtually no one does, yet yields great habits when practiced. Since most fields have no points of reference on the outfield grass, set two balls apart from each other in a straight line with your partner. Make sure to start and finish each throw in line with those baseballs.

    3.) Pick a throwing partner with the same goal of possible. It make no sense to throw with someone who wants to throw 300 feet, if you only want to work on your feel from 45-90 ft. It also makes no sense to throw with someone who goofs off all the time. Playing catch is a sacred time to ruthlessly improve for the elite baseball player. Even if you aren't at that level yet, it's time to actually get something positive from every throwing session.

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  • buckathleticsAwesome :)
  • jt_tenacityWhoa nice work, keep it coming.
  • coach.maddenrandom question: are there any areas in sports or baseball specifically you would like to read and know more about?
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