|It's the Little Things in Baseball|
Just finished up a baseball camp. If I said it once I said it a million times, “Practice the
way you play and that starts with a simple game of catch.” Warm-ups are such an
important time for young baseball players to work on good mechanics – those initial
throws, catches and swings are important because they set the stage for the habits
that kids are forming. When players warm up in a lackadasical manner, they are often
developing bad habits that will be hard to overcome and they set the stage for incorrect
game fundamentals. There is not a better time for coaches to coach then in their teams
warm up time. So often, coaches tell kids to warm-up their arms and swings and allow
players to do the fundamntals incorrectly by not paying attention to them at this time.
Coaches then get upset when players cannot make plays in games. Allowing players
to warm-up incorrectly is a sign of a poor coach. Once again, bad habits that are allowed
in warm-ups will show up in players game fundamentals.
Coaches have the responsibility to concentrate on players warm-up time as much or
more than their regular practice habits. A good coach will not allow players to warm-up
in a lax manner where players can get away with doing things incorrect or even halfway correct.