You probably already know this, but baseball requires alot of skill. It takes time and practice to improve and make yourself into a better player. But I'm going to tell you about one of the most overlooked baseball skills today.
Hours of batting practice, working on ground balls, throwing drills, bullpen sessions, not to mention conditioning weight training, long toss, and the list goes on and on. As parents we spend time and resources (alot of both) to help our children achieve. Our hard earned money goes to buying the latest and best equipment, attending tournaments, hiring instructors for lessons, paying conditioning coaches, just to mention a few expenses.
I've been coaching high school baseball for three decades and I've seen alot of change in the way we approach this game, both good and bad. But there is one thing that parents often miss. I've seen it countless times. We're in a big game, two outs with runners on base. The batter swings and a high pop fly is hit in the air. The fielder positions themselves under the fly ball only to have it hit the bottom of the glove and fall to the ground. Runs score, tension rises, and the player that dropped the ball is upset and embarassed. But I noticed in practices that the same player had trouble judging flyballs hit directly at them. Under the lights of a game it only gets worse. In fact they lose their confidence and pray the ball will not be hit their way.
I've also seen it with hitters. Full count, runners in scoring position, the pitcher comes set and fires the ball to the plate. The batter takes a cut but it's too late, the ball is already by them, they never had a chance. It's like the pitch was on top of the plate before they decided to swing. They seem to freeze, maybe it was indecision, or stage fright. Maybe they are just not good in the clutch or with runner's in scoring position. Yeah, that must be the reason.
When I first mention the problem to the parent they usually put it off. Sometimes it's denial or often it's just finding time to follow through with it. But it continues to be a problem and it's one of the most important things each baseball player must have to compete. The lack of it can quickly erode the confidence even in the best players if left unattended.
Are you curious to what I'm talking about? Eyesight!
Good, sharp, focus is important for every baseball player. It's hard enough trying to hit a curveball even with 20/20. But a lack of fine focus or problems with depth perception can make it almost impossible. The player is usually the last one to know. They are frutstrated and begin to develop bad habits. They're told "you're in a slump, it happens to all good players". "It will get better with practice and time, just be patient and have confidence".
Weeks go by then there is a night game on the schedule. Friday night under the lights. The first ball hit is almost impossible to see under the lights, forget about catching it if it's a high pop fly. It must be the bad lighting or a lack of practice time under the lights. The last thing that crosses ones mind is poor vision.
When is the last time you had your child's eyesight checked? Do you only have it checked when you suspect a problem? The next question is what do you do if your child has bad eyesight? Glasses? contacts? Sport googles?
I came to realize a couple years ago in many caes poor eyesight was caused by a serious of bad habits and activities. In other words, its a learned behavior. Did you know it's been proven one can improve their eyesight naturally through practice?
We spend time in the cage hitting, taking ground balls, etc. But what if we could spend 15 minutes a day and improve our vision and focus?
It's not hard, but it takes time and the right program.
Do you or anyone you know suffer from myiopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), lazy-eye, eyestrain, astigmatism, poor depth-perception, light sensitivity, tension headaches, or poor night vision? These trends can be reversed with time and practice.
Take a few minutes to discover how one can improve their eyesight naturally. Just a few minutes a day with the right eyesight drills can improve one's sight and return it to a near perfect 20/20 vision.
What do you have to lose?