Winter means an end to baseball practice and drills, at least in many parts of the country. When it’s cold and miserable outside, rest assured that there are a few things you can do from the comfort of your own home to keep in great baseball shape. Indoor gyms and batting cages can be expensive, but with a few minutes each day you can keep your skills sharp.
1. Place a hand towel in your lead hitting hand. Rest it on the back of your shoulder and while in a hitting stance, snap the towel as fast as you can with a proper back pivot. Repeat this during commercials to keep your hitting arm in shape.
2. Put a baseball into your glove and practice quickly removing it with the proper four seam grip on the ball. Do this as quickly as you can.
3. Lie on your back on the floor or on your knees if you have a high ceiling. Toss a ball up into the air with a backspin rotation then catch it again without moving to catch it.
4. Sit on your knees with a pillow in front of them. Have somebody roll a ground ball toward you. Reach out to catch the ball focusing on bringing the ball to your hip on your throwing side maintaining the proper grip. Ground balls rolled to either side can help you work on your backhand and forehand plays.
5. Stand with your hands on your hips in the hitting position. Rotate your hips as quickly as possible. Your eyes should shift back to watch your elbow move forward.
These drills will help you keep your skills sharp and ready long before spring practices begin. Practicing each of these a few time each day during television commercials or before bed is a great way to also keep in shape.