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2020 Guide To Offseason Goal Setting

Written By: Eric Tyler

2020 Guide To Offseason Goal Setting

How to Organize The Offseason

As we make our way into November, the offseason is officially upon us. The work we put in from November-March will determine our results from March-October. There is no time in-season for individual skill training. So when is there time? Now. Time is the most precious resource we have and when it comes to a baseball “offseason” there isn’t much of it. We as athletes have to maximize our offseason time in order to improve ourselves and become who we want to be as a player. There needs to be clear goals and intentions set for this time period. These goals should be a combination of improving your struggles from last season and developing into who you want to be in the future.

Schedule

In order to get the most out of your offseason, I suggest creating a plan/schedule for how you will spend your time. The amount of time you spend on certain things should reflect what it is you value the most. Desperately need to get stronger? More time needs to be dedicated to the weight room and eating. 200lbs of muscle but can’t hit? Carve out specific time dedicated to improving as a hitter. Understand who you are and who you want to be and assign the correct amount of time to each discipline that you deem important.

Goal Setting For The Offseason

Apart from setting up an efficient offseason is creating goals to strive for. Getting yourself to do what you need to do 3 months from a season can be tough to do. But, if you give yourself goals both short term and long, you’re more likely to challenge yourself and hold yourself accountable. I suggest creating 3 goals for each offseason (1 skill work such as hitting, fielding, or throwing; 1 speed goal; and 1 strength goal). This allows you to diversify your training and simplify your entire game into 3 goals.

Measurable

Each goal must be measurable. If you want to get faster your goal can’t be “get faster”. How can you prove that? You must be able to assign a number to each goal and measure it at the beginning, middle, and end of your training. The more specific the goal, the easier it will be to design your training around it.

Transferable

Pick a goal that is transferable to your game. Your goal should be something that you want to improve on but also something that helps you be a better player on the field. If you’re a 220lb corner infielder your goal shouldn’t be to be a better bunter. Make sure your goal will directly correlate to you being a better baseball player.

Realistic

Your goals must be realistic. If you weigh 120lbs and want to get stronger, good. But, your goal shouldn’t be to get to 200lbs by the spring. That’s unrealistic and will more than likely lead to you getting pissed for not reaching your goal and giving up one month in. Push yourself, but be true to yourself and what exactly you can accomplish during that time period.

Example Goals

What?- I want to improve my bat speed. 

Why?- As an undersized athlete I have to do more with less to hit the ball as hard as I need to succeed. 

How?- I will keep track of my bat speed through a diamond kinetics bat sensor. 

Current Bat Speed Average- 62mph

Desired Bat Speed Average- 70mph

Making Adjustments to the Program

Evaluate, Plan, Reassess, Adjust

Now that we have a clear goal and have gone through an original assessment and created a plan for accomplishing our goal, we have to evaluate if our program is working. Time is too critical to go through an entire 12-week bat speed program to look up in 12 weeks and find out that we’re actually swinging slower. We must evaluate and reassess during the program to see if we need to alter or adjust anything. 

The Big 4

The offseason can be a time to transform who you are into who you want to be. But, the time has to be put in. For a position player, I would consider making goals and training towards improving 4 different things. Size, speed, arm strength, and one hitting improvement should all have goals. Those 4 things can transform you into the player you want to be. Be smart with your goals and disciplined in following them. Make this the best offseason yet.

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