Chapter 8: How to get the most out of your pitching practice
There will be days when you just don’t want to practice, how you handle them will depend on you and your goals, work ethic and commitments. These kind of days can’t be avoided but you can plan so they come up less often. Here is what you need to do:
1) find a catcher you can count on, actually a parent is best. The chemistry between you and your partner must be (and remain) very good. Whoever you get, they must have a consistent available time when you do. Their schedule has to match yours. Don’t work with another pitcher unless you have to.
2) pick a time that is most likely not to be interfered with. If possible, make it just before dinner or in the evening when it’s cooler. If you have to throw during the day try to find a location with shade. Bring suntan lotion
3) pick a location that is always available, SAFE, not too public, and well lighted. If possible, its surface should to be the same as you play on. Bring water and towels. Always have a cell phone available.
4) decide how often you will practice weekly. Better to start with 3 days and move up to 4 or 5 than to start at 5 and suffer burnout. Plan the same place, partner and time for EVERY PRACTICE.
5) look at the practice as a stepping stone to a fun career, not as a job. Use the hints under practice boredom to help you enjoy your time.
6) some folks like to have music when they practice, some don’t. Do what fits you best.
7) ware comfortable clothes fitting to your sport.
8) you will find the same people come to the area each day when you do. As you get better they will take notice and may even bring someone to watch you. GREAT !!!!! Don’t be embarrassed or shy. But don’t be cocky either…just friendly and confident!
9) be sure to warm down completely.
10) on the way home mentally review how things went so you can make adjustments if needed.
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