5 Essentials for Summer Training

5 Essentials for Summer Baseball

June 01, 2024

5 Summer Tips for every Young Baseball Playr

With summer quickly approaching, I wanted to briefly discuss some important topics that parents and players have been asking about on a daily basis. Summer is arguably the most important developmental period for young athletes, and it is unfortunately one where MANY miss the mark.

If you’re wanting to play at the next level, you NEED to address these 5 areas this summer:

1. Have a Routine
It is so easy for young athletes to lose their daily routines once summer kicks off. Consistent sleep and healthy eating are typically two critical habits that suffer. One of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to improve your performance in the summer is to prioritize these two areas. If you’re serious about making it to the next level, you need to have a plan and stick to a routine.

2. Recover
After a long season, it is common for throwers to lose flexibility or strength and this needs to be addressed over the summer. As a former D1 pitcher, I truly wish I had access to the current arm-care strategies that help fuel MLB players. While many generic arm care programs are fine for average throwers, high level throwers need individualized arm care programs based on their individual needs.

3. Strength & Conditioning
A sport-specific strength & conditioning program is ESSENTIAL. Many studies have shown that it is safe to begin a strength and conditioning program as early as 8-9 years old. Developing athleticism, strength, and movement excellence at a young age can really set the stage for long-term success and overall health.

4. Throwing Plan
I see so many kids that suffer injuries over the summer that are often due to throwing too much, or not throwing enough. Depending on how much you threw during the spring season, you should put together a strategic plan for either increasing, maintaining, or tapering your throwing over the summer. Most athletes would benefit from a break or less throwing in the summertime, but this should always be a case by case basis. What will your weekly and monthly throwing schedule look like?

5. Recharge
Don’t forget what summer is about, to find time to take a break and let your body recharge. It’s too easy to fill your schedule with tournaments, camps and showcases and I often see kid’s get burnt out (both physically and mentally) as a result. Find time to rest and have fun.

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