When you get into a rut in baseball, what should you do? The answer is to re-evaluate yourself and to start from square one.
Trust me, I always got into bad spots in the season. It seemed like there was nothing that I can do but sit there and complain about it. My attitude would go down, and because of my attitude, I would see myself start messing up in the field and striking out. If you see yourself in this position, follow these two steps.
1) Remember to have fun: I hated whenever someone told me to just have fun in baseball because I always thought that I can’t control that. This idea of simply just having fun sounds too childish for players, especially older groups like high school and college ball. At this level, you might think that baseball is not just a sport, it’s a competition. This is because to some people, this is just a competition. If you are thinking about baseball in college or going further, it is frustrating to do bad because you see yourself not achieving your dreams.
Trust me, I do know how it feels. In high school, my dream was to play college baseball so it can help me with my tuition. Going into highschool, I thought to myself that I needed to be number one or else why wouldn’t everybody just play baseball in college. I then started to compare myself to some really good players on my team and it brought me down. This was the start of my own curve because the negativity started to kick in. The doubt came after that and then it was just over for me basically.
This was the case until someone told me to just have fun. There was nothing to lose because I was so down so why not. It was basically magic how easily everything started to come to me. Yes, I had the training and practice, but the attitude took me to another level. Luckily I caught this in the early years of my high school career and then proceeded to play college ball for a decent team, and the best part was that I got some money for my tuition, so take it from me that the attitude is one of the biggest parts of your play.
2) Evaluate your gear: I know that people say that it’s not the gear, it’s the person using it, but in some cases, this is not true. If you have a heavy bat and find yourself popping up or being late on the ball too many times, this is because you picked the wrong bat that season. If you find that your glove is too small for your position, that’s because you picked the wrong glove.
One thing that you can do which I recommend is reading about the gear before you buy it, to see what you are getting into. I personally use www.thebaseballreviews.com the most because they know what they’re talking about. One time I was going to buy the Easton XL1 (a baseball bat) and from their review on it, I found that it wasn’t the one for me. I then checked on some of the other baseball bat reviews that they have and found the bat that I used for the next two years.
Another thing to look at is if your gear is old and not performing to the best that it can be. One time I had a DeMarini Vexxum and I really like it, but one day it just wasn’t hitting as far as it did at all. I ended up taking it to a baseball shop near me and they told me it was dead. They tested it by knocking the handle on the ground which I could totally hear the sound difference between my bat and a non-dead one. So if you have experts near you I suggest that you run some gear by them to see if they think that it’s good for your level of baseball.