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10 Ways To Practice Alone

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By: Wayne Mazzoni Pitching Coach, Sacred Heart Univ.

While the access to solid coaching is much greater today than at any time in our sports history, one thing this has led to is a generation of kids that can’t, don’t, or won’t practice on their own. So here is a list of things you can do to become great at your game either alone, or with one other teammate.

1. Hands drills.
All you need is a ball and a wall. You can throw the ball off the wall and work a multitude of ground balls. At you, forehand, backhand, short hops, long hops, charge plays, you name it. If you have a partner with you, he can stand behind you and throw the ball off the wall and you can react. Make it a contest to see who can keep the most balls in front.

2. Location drills.
For pitchers looking to become professional glove hitters, take some athletic tape, go to a wall and put up a strike zone. If you are working on a certain pitch (change down and away) throw an X on the wall to give you a visual of where you want to locate. If you have a teammate make it a location game or stand in for each other so you can work on hitting spots with a batter in the box.

3. Arm strength.
To get a stronger arm you need to throw the ball hard and often. All you need is a net, tarp, wall, or for that matter a field and a bucket of balls. Simply throw on your own.

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