Off-Season Workouts. What are the Pros and Cons?
Once the baseball season is over, it's time to begin preparing for the next season. The foundation for success is built with a good off-season training program. It's important for baseball players to use the off-season to develop their muscle mass, strength, speed, power and agility, but what should you focus on?
Players, parents and coaches, ask yourself this question— "what are my baseball strengths, more importantly, what are my weaknesses"?
Strengths are easy. For example, I'm a .329 hitter, I have a good arm etc... Weaknesses, not as easy. Why? The Truth hurts. It's hard to face the music as a baseball player, especially in a sport when you already fail 70% of the time and you are still considered a good player.
We have all heard of the "5-Tool Payer", 1) Hitting for Power 2) Hitting for Average 3) Fielding Ability 4) Throwing Ability 5) Speed. How would you rank yourself, or as a parent, how would you rank your son or daughter? Baseball strengths and weaknesses usually will fall into these 5 categories.
Enough explaining. Start this off-season with the following strategy; list on a sheet of paper three GOALS you want to accomplish for 2018. Examples might be "make the varsity team" or "move up in the line-up". Everyone will have a different goal. Secondly, write down how you want to accomplish these. Example. If you want to make the varsity team, ask yourself, your coach or your parents "why do you think I didn't make the varsity team last year"? Odds are, you already know the answer. If you need to become a better fielder, and want to drive the ball more, focus on these items this off-season specifically.
All off-season workouts will focus on areas of muscle mass, strength, speed, power and agility and how these relate to the game. In addition to these core competencies, ask your coach to help you with what YOU NEED TO BECOME BETTER. Then incorporate these into your off-season plan as well. We live in an era where a baseball trainers and facilities are a phone call away. Start with your coach and ask them the hard questions. They will be the first to tell you, and also the first to help.
In today's baseball environment, there are plenty of baseball facilities and trainers to take your game to the next level. The pro's of an off-season workout are simple; stay in baseball shape, work on your position, keep your eye sharp for hitting etc... The cons? If you focus on what your're already good at, how will you become a better player? Ask the tough questions you already know the answer to. Be brave, focus on your weaknesses and make yourself vulnerable. This will allow you to become a better player in 2018.