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Baseball Infielding

Great infielders are vital to any baseball team’s success. Infielders must possess the skills of throwing accurately and fielding ground balls efficiently. They must also possess the speed lateraly, forwards, and backwards with quickness to track down line drives, balls hit in the gap, back up throws, and cover the bases. The Myosource Kinetic Bands are a great training tool for infielders. They are inexpensive and small enough to put in a baseball bag to use when warming up, stretching, and practicing. Infielders are able to utilize these resistance bands without restricting movements to improve skills and strength throughout the entire body. The kinetic bands provide a total body workout so that every muscle is strengthened and reaction time is increased.

Training Drills for Infielders

Simulation Training Drill #1: First Base

When playing first base, the infielder must be in the proper position to be able to field deep ground balls and still cover the base. If the infielder plays too deep, they will not be able to get to the slow rollers and back to the base in time to make an out. Playing too deep or too far from the bag makes it difficult to be ready at the base when another player is ready to throw the ball. To play first base, an infielder must learn to properly receive a throw from another player, as well as place the correct foot on the bag, stretch the glove hand, and step at the right time. They also must be ready to save the ball if the throw is not on target. This may mean coming off the bag, stretching to the side, or scooping up a ground ball.  The mobility, stability, and flexibility of a first baseman are essential. The Myosource Kinetic Bands enable first basemen to develop the muscle strength needed for quick activation.

Simulation Training Drill #2: Second Base

A second baseman’s position will vary, depending on if there is a runner on first or if the bases are empty. Footwork, speed, and lateral movements are important for an infielder playing second base. If the ball is hit on the ground to the right or the left of the infielder, the player must routinely take the proper steps to get in front of it. The second baseman can put on the Myosource Kinetic Bands to adequately warm up, stretch, and practice playing to reach their full range of motion. The bands will ignite muscle fibers quickly for improved reaction timing, speed, and flexibility.

Simulation Training Drill #3: Short-Stop

Playing short stop is a demanding position, requiring an infielder to be excessively mobile with great footwork, speed, and agility. Short stop is considered the hot spot of the infield because this position receives many ground balls, has to help cover second base, and has to fill in the gap between second and third base. The short stop must be focused at all times, with a sense of control throughout the infield. The Myosource Upper and Lower Body Kinetic Bands will enable a short stop to develop a strong core, strength in the arms and shoulders, and increase balance, velocity, speed, and stability.

Simulation Training Drill #4: Third Base

A third baseman must have quick muscle reflexes because of the shorter distance between third base and home plate, making it more difficult to field the baseball. A third baseman must have the ability to quickly get into the ready position and keep the body slightly lower to the ground. Third basemen must also constantly be prepared for a bunt or chop hit, in which the player will often bare hand in order to save time.

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