Baseball is a sport that is loved by so many. It requires skill, strategy, and teamwork and is exceptionally fun to play. You donot need to be a professional to play with a team, and you don’t even need to dedicate yourself to playing baseball full-time. From playing on your own in a batting cage to even putting together a baseball league of your own, there are many ways for you to make time for the sport you love, even as an amateur:
Getting the Equipment
One thing that you will need, regardless of what options are in your area, is your own equipment. Most local and amateur leagues won’t be able to provide you with your equipment, so having your own is essential. You will particularly need a baseball glove that fits and you can wear it properly, a baseball bat, safety equipment, and of course, additional items like baseball bat grip tape. Practice is going to help you break in these items and get a proper feel for them.
Use Your Local Batting Cage
Local batting cages are a great place to practice hitting the ball and building up the necessary muscles you will need to play a great game. While you should consider this time something just for yourself,it can also be a great way to meet others with a love of the sport who would be happy to take the game from the cages to the field.
If There Is a Local League
More often than not, you will have local leagues in your area that you can join. There will likely even be options suited for your age and skillset. If you are completely new to the game, there will be others just like you. Do not put too much pressure on yourself, either. Join, play a few games, see how you like it, and if it isn’t for you, find something else. Some people find what they are looking for by playing alone in a batting cage, others want to find the right group to play casual games, and others want the competitive edge of playing against other teams.
If there Isn’t a Local League
Suppose there aren’t leagues in your area that you can join or ones that suit you, make one of your own. Start by asking friends and family if they want to play, and if that doesn’t generate enough interest, you can then start advertising and drumming up interest. Putting up flyers, using social media, and even taking out an ad in the local paper can all be useful in getting a list of interested members.
You will need to find a place to play. If you are lucky, you will be able to find something for free. If not, see if you can get a discount and then work out what the cost would be foreveryone. Membership fees are normal and cover the cost of renting locations, advertising, putting together tournaments, and more.