Homemade Baseball Training Equipment
It is getting to be the indoor season for many baseball players around the country. Having some homemade baseball training equipment can make the offseason worthwhile and easier on the pocketbook.
Simple to make baseball training equipment can make a big difference with player development. Coaches and parents often implore kids to practice more. What adults do not realize is that often kids do not know what to practice. This situation can be solved by using baseball training equipment that automatically gives them ways of practicing. Numerous training aids in the marketplace help develop baseball skills. The problem is that many of them are costly and often do not last very long. The good news is that many of these baseball-training equipment aids, made at home at little cost, work just as well.
This baseball training equipment is for use inside or outside, and year round. In other words, there is no reason to go out and spend a lot of money on baseball training equipment that you can make on your own for little cost. Additionally, with a little ingenuity, this homemade baseball training equipment will last as long as the store-bought stuff or until your child no longer wants to use it anymore, which often comes first.
The important baseball skills of hitting, fielding, throwing, and pitching need only a small area and with a few homemade baseball-training aids, this practice can show great results. Of course, it is important to make sure the practice area is safe.
Inexpensive Baseball Training Equipment
Homemade backstop – inserting a few grommets (bought from the hardware store) into an old sheet or blanket will suffice as a backstop for hitting and throwing needs. These homemade backstops can be hung from a couple nails or with a little twine from an above, steady structure. For a few dollars more, people can buy vinyl car tarp at a hardware store, which is still much cheaper than buying baseball netting.
Batting aid – There is no better hitting-training aid than a baseball-batting tee. The problem is that those can be expensive and often break easily. Picking up a plastic cone at the local department store can serve the same purpose as a batting tee and players can use an empty bucket or pail to set the cone on for higher pitches, along with the above-made backstop for hitting balls into.
Drilling a hole through any type ball and running a strong rope through it, is similar to many store-bought hitting devices, is also a possibility, but not as good as using the self-made batting tee. Care is necessary so the ball cannot fly off the rope and enough room is necessary for this if not hitting into a backstop, of course.
Homemade balls – Players can use a sock ball instead of a real baseball for all hitting, throwing, and fielding drills. The softer balls add extra safety at little cost. An old sock or rolled up newspaper covered with some duct tape can suffice as a ball.
Homemade bat – Ball players, who grew up in many years ago, often played neighborhood baseball with a stick bat. Finding an old broomstick around the house and cutting it to a size of a bat or smaller works. Adding a little athletic tape on the grip side of the stick will prevent a slippery bat. This lightweight stick is also great for performing one arm drills and helps hand-eye coordination, too, as contact is more difficult with the thinner batting device.
Homemade throwing aid – A dish towel can take the place of a ball for throwing arm actions, where players practice throwing by slapping the towel on a placed object in the direction of the target. Wetting the towel, before squeezing the water out, is a good way to strengthen the hands, and adds weight to the towel for throwing drills.
Homemade fielding aid – Taking an old baseball glove and taking the leather lacing out of it will provide a “flat glove” which is great for fielding drills. This transforms the glove into a glove from the early days of baseball, and one that really helps players learn to have soft hands when catching a ball. Using the basement or garage wall to flip off of for practicing with this self-made glove works just fine.
Homemade footwork aid – A two by four or four by four piece of wood, approximately 5 feet long, can suffice as balance beam to work on the correct balance and footwork when throwing and hitting. This device is great for developing balance and direction when hitting and throwing. Used like a gymnastics balance beam for hitting and throwing, repetitions on this self-made wooden beam shows immediate hitting and throwing improvement.
As you can see, at little cost and in a little time, people can devise homemade baseball training equipment that works as well as similar, expensive baseball aids.
Jack Perconte has dedicated his post-major league baseball career to helping youth. He has taught baseball and softball for the past 27 years. His playing, coaching and parenting stories create better experiences for athletes and parents. Jack has written over a thousand articles on coaching baseball and youth sports. Jack is the author of “The Making of a Hitter” and “Raising an Athlete.” His third book “Creating a Season to Remember” is now available. Jack is a featured writer for Baseball the Magazine. You can also find Jack Perconte on YouTube with over 120 fun and innovative baseball instructional videos.