The first tip is to learn the basic fundamentals of the game. It’s fun to see players hit long home runs or make spectacular catches, but you can’t do those things until you learn and master the game’s fundamentals. Learning and mastering baseball’s basics may seem boring and repetitive, but this will help turn you into a solid player. Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals and become comfortable on the field, you’ll have the ability to make spectacular plays when necessary. As in any aspect of life, you need to learn how to walk before you can run.
When batting, don’t try to hit the ball too hard. Swinging the bat as hard as you can cause many bad habits. First, you’ll take your eye off the ball. Seeing the ball out of the pitcher’s hand and following it to your bat with your eyes is the most important batting fundamental. If you lose sight of the ball you’ll most likely miss it when you swing. If you do make contact when you swing too hard it’s likely to be poor or weak contact. This is due to lack of control in a too hard swing. Sometimes a softly hit or well-placed ball or will fool the defense and you’ll get a big hit because you controlled your swing instead of swinging too hard.
In the field, don’t try to throw the ball too hard. Besides the risk of hurting your arm, you’ll have the same lack of control as a batter who swings too hard. Accurate throws are an important part of the game, regardless of the position you play. This is especially true for pitchers. Strong velocity is important for pitchers, but it’s meaningless if you can’t control where the ball is going. As a fielder, an accurate throw to a base will have a better chance of catching a base runner than one that’s thrown too hard.
Learn as much as you can from your coaches and teammates. Listening to and following your coaches instructions and suggestions will help you to learn to play the game well. Coaches usually have a lot of experience playing and watching baseball. Take advantage of their knowledge and expertise. Watching good players and seeing how they approach the game will show you how to play well. You can learn from your teammates’ successes as well as their failures. Learning from your own successes and failures is probably the best teacher you can have.
Most of all try to have fun. Remember, that whatever level you’re playing baseball, it’s just a game. It isn’t life and death. Try not to get too high when you’re successful. Baseball has a way of humbling even the best players, if you’re careful not to get too full of yourself when you’re doing well, you’ll be better able to handle the bad feelings you have when you struggle. As in any team sport, you’re one player on the squad. You don’t win or lose the game by yourself.