Family Life, Outdoor fun

Tips for Spring Training and Other Advice for Student Athletes

April 13, 2020

For some families, springtime means baseball/softball. The Academy of the Sacred Heart’s athletic department has these home-training tips to keep your ball player active and primed in the sport they love.

Only a few weeks ago, our days were filled with school, homework, athletic practices, and many more activities. Now, all activities have been moved to our homes. How do we navigate athletics now? How do we maintain skills? How do we stay in shape? These instructions for at-home workouts per week are great for any age and skill level without any athletic equipment.

Pitching Practice:

Need: Pair of socks, reflective surface

Need: tennis ball, hard surface to throw at, tape to make a square

Running Practice:

Need: open space for running, pillow/towel/bag for a base

Batting Practice:

Need: bat (if you don’t have a bat, roll up a towel and use masking tape to keep it in rolled shape for a more effective swing)

Fielding Practice:

Need: tennis ball, hard surface to throw at (such as a wall)

At this time, we are really encouraging our student athletes to have fun with and enjoy their sports. We suggest that they take the role of coach and teach a sibling or a parent one of the skills in their sport: how to dribble, how to serve, or how to do a relay exchange.

During stressful times, it is important for everyone to stay active and healthy. From a coaching standpoint, we want to control what we can control, reinforcing and practicing the fundamentals that we’ve established so far and try get a little better each day. We can take this opportunity to work on our mental aspect of sports and practice positive self-talk.

With physical distancing, we aren’t able to work on offensive or defensive systems, but we can have positive mental repetitions that will benefit us when we return to our playing surfaces. Overall, our advice to student athletes is to keep moving and enjoy this time with your families.

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