AUGUST 2016 TIP OF THE MONTH

TIP of the MONTH
Coach Jerry “Kal” Kalista
August 1, 2016

PREPARING FOR YOUR NEXT BASEBALL SEASON

Coach Jerry Kalista
Coach Jerry Kalista

It’s been said that “Championships are won in the off-season”!

Proper preparation for your next baseball season should begin immediately following your last summer league game, or if you play fall ball, your last fall ball game. After your last summer or fall league game, be sure to take six (6) to eight (8) weeks off from all baseball physical activities.

This six (6) to eight (8) week time off from all physical baseball activities should be used to mentally prepare for your winter workouts and your next baseball season. If you are a baseball player that wants to play and make a difference at the next level, you need to be honest and evaluate your past season. What did you do well? What needs improvement? Remember, be honest. This mental preparation will help you put a winter workout plan together to improve your baseball skills and better prepare you for the start of next season. Remember to make a list and write it down.

Now that you know where the improvement is needed, and if you want to do something about it, the hard work begins! In addition to throwing, pitching, hitting, catching and fielding, don’t forget to include agility, strength and conditioning in your winter workouts!

After your six (6) to eight (8) weeks off, I suggest starting with the agility, strength and conditioning. Agility, strength and conditioning can be done at least three (3) times a week and should continue through the end of the year. In January is when you attack the throwing, pitching, hitting, catching and fielding.

How much do you want to play at the next level? That next level is different for every baseball player. Maybe you want to become a starter, not a bench player. Remember, both are needed for a team to be successful. As a bench player, when given the chance, always give 100%. Maybe there is a club or travel team you want to play for. Maybe you want to make your high school JV or varsity team. Maybe you’re preparing for college level baseball. Whatever your next level is, work hard and make it happen. It won’t be easy, but you can make it happen! You have to be committed! You have to be disciplined! You can’t make excuses not to work out! You can’t quit! Be sure to use all the resources available to you. Your family, teammates and coaches can all help. The most important ingredient is YOU!

PROPER PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE!

ALWAYS BE POSITIVE! ALWAYS GIVE 100% ENERGY TAKES NO TALENT!

Coach Jerry “Kal” Kalista

NOTE: Direct any questions or comments to Coach Kalista at kalbaseball@comcast.net