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August 12, 2022

Taylor Made: Now, how ’bout some Fall Ball?

While closing the book on another chapter of the youth baseball
season, enduring hot August nights and hastily picking up items at
the back to school sale at Target, parents are left to ponder what
to do this fall in relation to baseball. A lot of options come to
mind. There are travel teams, instructional leagues and Fall Ball.
For the more skilled athletes, travel or competitive teams are
fine, and for players moving up levels to get more accustomed to
rules and dimensions, Fall Ball is great.
While closing the book on another chapter of the youth baseball season, enduring hot August nights and hastily picking up items at the back to school sale at Target, parents are left to ponder what to do this fall in relation to baseball.

A lot of options come to mind. There are travel teams, instructional leagues and Fall Ball. For the more skilled athletes, travel or competitive teams are fine, and for players moving up levels to get more accustomed to rules and dimensions, Fall Ball is great.

But playing more games isn’t always the answer for every player.

Some kids need to work on overall motor skills, getting stronger, gaining weight, losing weight, improving arm strength and core strength of their body or working on an individual skill more thoroughly. In a team atmosphere this won’t happen.

As a parent you need to identify and objectively assess what your child needs. Talk with your child about it and put together a plan of action on how to best allow him to improve. Keep the conversation positive and keep it fun. Stress the importance of improvement, not only for baseball, but for other sports he might want to try or play.

Remember, more games isn’t always the answer, but improving your son’s individual skills so that he can perform better in a game situation is the solution.

In some instances, though, combining both games and skills work provides a good gage as to how the improvement is coming. Just don’t overdo it.

Other options might include taking a martial arts class, which increases coordination, motor skills, balance and relaxation of the mind and body.

In addition, it emphasizes dedication and work ethic. It also gives confidence to each individual in preparation for the task at hand. In actuality, playing other sports also increases other motor skills, which in turn, will help him in baseball.

Working on agility and speed is another point to focus on, especially if your child’s foot speed and quickness need improvement. Try to find a class on overall conditioning or start working on your own on quickness drills and running correctly. Lots of books at the bookstore have a multitude of information on this.

In a simpler form, you can put together your own program of push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups and cardiovascular training, which might include biking or swimming. If a player improves his body and overall conditioning, it’s a lot more beneficial than playing more games. Putting a player out on a field with the same inadequacies only affects his self esteem and increases the possibility that he’ll quit the game.

So, as you plop erasers, pencils and notebooks on the counter to buy, keep in mind a few things for the upcoming off-season.

Work on being productive by keeping workouts fun, set some goals of achievement and place a strong emphasis on education and grades.

By doing this, next season will be something to look forward to.

Rich Taylor
A staff member edited this provided article.

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