The calendar says March, the clocks have jumped ahead, but for many, it still feels like February outside, and looks like January. My son’s high school summed up my thoughts on indoor baseball practice in a recent e-mail.
“Spring sports are underway and our athletes are supposed to be outside in fierce competition in just a few days, but have you looked outdoors lately? Logic says there will be several postponements…”
Little league teams are being evaluated, drafted and assigned right now – and right now up North, indoor practice is where teams are going to need to start. There’s nothing wrong with indoor baseball practice. In fact, indoor practice is a great place to discuss, demonstrate, clarify and practice the skills of baseball. Learn, practice, refine and repeat over and over again.
So where can you go for indoor practice?
High School Gym / Fieldhouse – Just ask. Yes, schools are busy with their own schedules, but the gym isn’t being used 24/7. A good high school is immersed in helping the community at large, and should be there when you need it.
Middle School or Elementary Gym – These schools may be more accessible, the only issue is room size. The gyms are built for younger smaller kids, so plan accordingly. I’ve seen throwing drills work ok in small “multi-purpose rooms.”
Indoor Soccer or Lacrosse Practice Facilities. These facilities are used to juggling schedules. They get teams on and off in a timely manner, and are generally big enough to handle multiple activities at once. I’m sure they have a rate to get a team in for a short period of time. Indoor turf helps with the grounders.
Youth Baseball Training Facilities – Ok this is obvious, places like these have batting cages, instructors and the facilities needed for training. They usually have packaged rates or hourly rates and will work with teams. It’s a numbers game to get in, but worth it for your team.
That’s just the start of a quick list. If you have other places you’ve practiced in, please let me know and we can keep the list growing.