If you have a child that wants to get into baseball, you will, of course, need to get them the right equipment to help them learn the game and elevate their play out on the field. While your local youth baseball team will likely provide some equipment during practice, you might want your child to be able to practice on their own while they are at home with you or during the offseason. To that end, it might be a good idea to invest in one or more baseball training aids or hitting aids in order to help take your kid's game to the next level. Here are some ideas of what you can get for your kid in order to help them with their baseball skills.
Get Your Young Child a Batting Tee
Most young children start out by playing tee-ball. The baseball literally just sits there and the kid takes a whack at it and then runs the bases. Your local sporting goods store likely sells batting tees of varying sizes. Try to find a batting tee that is adjustable in height so you can raise it as your child starts to grow in height. Let your child practice their swing on a batting tee at home and they'll be better prepared when the local tee-ball league starts up again.
Hitting Trainers or Weights
The next time you watch a game in the major leagues, pay attention to the batter in the on-deck circle. In many cases, you will see the hitter swinging a bat that has some kind of weight attached to it. This makes the bat heavier in the on-deck circle but then makes the bat feel much more lightweight when the batter actually gets to the plate for their turn at bat. These weights or hitting trainers can be purchased by anyone though at your local sporting goods store. This would be a great way to get your child to practice their swing. Get the motions down while the bat is heavier and swinging it when it suddenly becomes more lightweight is a piece of cake. If your child is young and still building muscle, repeatedly swinging a bat with weights or trainers on it is also a good way to help them gain strength.
Resistance Band or Throwing Trainer
You can also get your child a resistance band that will do the same thing for throwing a baseball that bat weight does for swinging. Your child or teen will have to really put some muscle into it to throw the ball to you or someone else and this will also force them to focus extra hard on getting the location correct.
Check out your local sporting goods store for baseball training aids today.