Hot Baseball How-Tos

How To: Bunt the baseball properly with Travis Buck

Bunting is one of the most beautiful, most finesse-requisite parts of the small-ball game that has been enjoying a resurgence in the post-steroid era of Major League Baseball. This video features MLB outfielder Travis Buck explaining when and how to bunt a baseball, including how to analyze a situation to determine if a bunt is appropriate and how to place a bunt where you need it to be to create the play that you want.

How To: Catch a pop-up from the catcher's spot in baseball

Popping the ball straight up is one of the most embarrassing things that a batter can do. They can be absolved, though, if the catcher fails to make the catch in foul territory. This video features MLB catcher Josh Bard explaining his approach to catch pop flies. If he can do it in front of 50000 screaming Yankees fans, you should be able to do it yourself in a more easy-to-master situation.

How To: Grip a baseball with MLB reliever J.J. Putz

There are a lot of different ways to grip a baseball for pitching. This video features one great pitcher, J.J. Putz, explaining the grips he uses for some of his best pitches, including the four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, and, his personal favorite, the split-finger fastball. There is no actual throwing in this video, so master these grips and then get out there and throw some pitches!

How To: Read a baseball hop with Derek Jeter

Fielding the ground ball is arguably the most challenging part of defensive baseball. Just ask Bill Buckner. This video features future Hall-of-Fame shortstop Derek Jeter going over some defensive drills that will help you to read the hop of a ground ball and catch the ball at the proper location. Don't be Buckner, watch this video.

How To: Properly break in a baseball glove

This video gives you four steps on how to properly break into a baseball glove. If a glove isn’t correctly broken into, it may affect a player’s performance. The first step is to condition the leather, softening it by adding either glove oil or cream. Remove any excess oil with a paper towel. Make sure to repeat this step throughout the year. The second step is shaping your glove by placing a ball where you would normally hold a baseball and then tying two large bands around the glove in ...

How To: Build arm strength for pitching

In this how to video, you will learn how to build up your arm strength for pitching. This involves using exercises that give you more focus on the muscles you will use for throwing. A high cable curl and crunch is a useful exercise for doing this. It involves gripping the rope on a weight machine and combining two different exercises together as one. You first start out with a curl, and then move on to a crunch. Repeat this for as many times as necessary. This will help you get a little extra...

How To: Avoid the curveball trap when throwing a curveball

Dwts7sdbt5 teaches you how to avoid the curveball trap when throwing a curveball in baseball. This is mostly seen in young pitchers, aged 12 and younger. The curveball trap is when a pitcher learns to throw a curveball and then uses it almost all the time to strike out a hitter. The hitter might be inexperienced. This is not a good long term strategy for health or effectiveness. You should sacrifice a little success now to have more success later. You should learn other types of pitches and s...

How To: Talk Effectively to Your Child's Sports Coach

Parents and coaches are the two most important part of most young athlete's support systems that allow them to excel in their chosen sports. Unfortunately, friction often occurs between these two groups when their opinions of what is best for the young athletes in their charge differ. This video features a high school baseball coach explaining some strategies for parents to maintain a proper, courteous, effective relationship with their child's coaches and improve the skills and well-being of...

How To: Master the Mental Approach to Hitting a Baseball

In all likelihood, there is no living person who knows more about hitting a baseball than former NL MVP Jeff Bagwell. This video features the man himself discussing the mental aspects of hitting, including getting over a slump and learning how to choose your stance properly. Watch this video, there is no one more qualified to teach you about hitting than this.

How To: Line a Baseball Field

Every type of athletic field or court requires maintenance to preserve the quality of the playing surface. Baseball might be the most labor-intensive field maintenance sport of all, with its mixture of surfaces and the very exacting lines chalked from home plate to the outfield wall. This video explains some tips and techniques for lining a baseball field properly with an old-fashioned lining machine. It works for football too!

How To: Teach Mental Tips to Young Baseball Catchers

The catcher is the player on the baseball field on whom the most difficult mental and physical demands are placed. They have to squat for long periods of time, defend the plate from slides and, most importantly, call the game for the pitchers. This video teaches you, as a youth baseball coach, how to train your catcher's mind to make them better at calling games and improve the performance of your whole pitching staff.

How To: Throw a basic curveball

GiantsMan5 demonstrates how to throw a basic curve-ball. First, don't listen to people who say there's only one way to throw a pitch. Position your fingers on the four seams of the baseball. Unlike a fastball, which you throw straight, to throw a curve-ball, move your wrist in and let the baseball drop during the pitch. By throwing an effective curve-ball, you give it top spin so it drops after you release the ball. Use different grips to control the speed of the curve-ball. You can also thro...

How To: Throw a curveball by flicking your wrist

skullbusterz teaches you how to throw a curveball in baseball by flicking your wrist. For the grip on the ball put your index and middle fingers on the left side of the ball. The thumb should be on the bottom, on the opposite side. When you throw the ball make sure you flick your wrist, to give it that spinning motion. Also keep the rim of your fingers towards the sky. You want to keep your eyes on your target and use as much or little force you need to throw the ball. It might be difficult a...

How To: Grip and throw a curveball

John from www.YouGoProBaseball.com shows us how to grip and throw a curveball. There are two ways to throw a curve ball and one of the ways is to keep your index finger and your middle finger on the right side of the two seam of the ball. The real curve ball is that with a lot of depth and sharpness. The depth in the sense how far the ball breaks along the path. The longer it takes time to break the sharper its curve will be. And you need to feel the ball when you throw the ball, keep your fi...

How To: Throw a curve ball with the right grip

In this video, Mike shows us how to throw a curve ball with the right grip. The instructions to be followed are quite simple but also needs concentration on the gripping while throwing the ball. Playing of baseballs leads to a great practice but here you first need to focus on the gripping of the baseball. The ball is held on the inside seam with the first two fingers on the inside seam and thumb on the bottom forming a C. When you are about to throw a curve ball, instead of holding your ball...

How To: Hold the ball when throwing a curveball

This quick and easy tutorial is going to show you how to curve ball like many of the professional baseball players you see do. To begin you want to take a baseball in your dominate throwing hand and hold it so you have your middle finger on the seam where the two seams come closest together. If done correctly you should have your index finger just outside of the seam, it should be to the all the way left or right of both seams not in between. Now, just take your regular pitching motion and in...

How To: Throw a curveball like a college pitcher

The video shows us how to throw a curve ball like a college pitcher. There are actually keys to throw a curve ball. Number one is the grip, number two, your arm speed and number three is the position of your hand when you throw the ball. First step is to focus on the grip and here it is going to be on a two seam and your index finger and your middle finger is placed on the right side for right hand throw and on the left side of the ball for left hand throw for the exact gripping. Number two i...

How To: Warm up for baseball -- dynamic butt kick stretches

This instructional video from BaseballRox will teach you how to warm-up properly on the field, which will help to prevent injuries. These baseball videos are aimed to help young players and coaches improve their performance on the field by warming up with dynamic stretches. See how to warm up for baseball -- dynamic butt kick stretches.

How To: Warm up for baseball -- dynamic side shuffle stretches

This instructional video from BaseballRox will teach you how to warm-up properly on the field, which will help to prevent injuries. These baseball videos are aimed to help young players and coaches improve their performance on the field by warming up with dynamic stretches. See how to warm up for baseball -- dynamic side shuffle stretches.

How To: Warm up for baseball -- dynamic back pedal stretches

This instructional video from BaseballRox will teach you how to warm-up properly on the field, which will help to prevent injuries. These baseball videos are aimed to help young players and coaches improve their performance on the field by warming up with dynamic stretches. See how to warm up for baseball -- dynamic back pedal stretches.

How To: Warm up for baseball -- dynamic hip opener stretches

This instructional video from BaseballRox will teach you how to warm-up properly on the field, which will help to prevent injuries. These baseball videos are aimed to help young players and coaches improve their performance on the field by warming up with dynamic stretches. See how to warm up for baseball -- dynamic hip opener stretches.

How To: Warm up for baseball -- dynamic Frankenstein march

This instructional video from BaseballRox will teach you how to warm-up properly on the field, which will help to prevent injuries. These baseball videos are aimed to help young players and coaches improve their performance on the field by warming up with dynamic stretches. See how to warm up for baseball -- dynamic Frankenstein march stretches.

How To: Warm up for baseball -- dynamic walking lunge stretch

This instructional video from BaseballRox will teach you how to warm-up properly on the field, which will help to prevent injuries. These baseball videos are aimed to help young players and coaches improve their performance on the field by warming up with dynamic stretches. See how to warm up for baseball -- dynamic walking lunge stretches.

How To: Warm up for baseball -- dynamic scorpion stretches

This instructional video from BaseballRox will teach you how to warm-up properly on the field, which will help to prevent injuries. These baseball videos are aimed to help young players and coaches improve their performance on the field by warming up with dynamic stretches. See how to warm up for baseball -- dynamic scorpion stretches.

How To: Run the bases in baseball

This collection of instructional videos from BaseballRox will help you develop your running mechanics in the sport of baseball. These baseball videos are aimed to help young players and coaches improve their performance on the field. See how to run the bases in baseball.

How To: Practice outfielder's cutoffs and relays in baseball

This collection of instructional videos from BaseballRox with Max Luckhurst will help you develop your outfield mechanics with cutoffs and relays in the sport of baseball. These baseball videos are aimed to help young players and coaches improve their performance on the field. See how to practice outfielder's cutoffs and relays in baseball.

How To: Setup the receiving position as a catcher in baseball

This collection of instructional videos from BaseballRox with baseball player Max Luckhurst focuses on the proper receiving position for the catcher. Coach Luckhurst explains the receiving position with and without base runners, the receiving position with the ball on the corners, and glove work technique to catch the ball as a catcher in the sport of baseball.