The college baseball season can be grueling, considering that most teams play upwards of 60 games. That said, conditioning obviously plays an important role in staying sharp. Steve Tamborra, assistant S+C coach at Georgia Tech, shares some tips on how the Yellow Jackets keep in shape year round.
STACK: How important is conditioning for baseball players?
Steve Tamborra: If you’re not conditioned, you’re going to wear out. You need to produce 95 to 100 percent effort a few times a game. If you’re not conditioned and you don’t have that base, you won’t be able to compete on the field.
STACK: How do you attack conditioning in the off-season?
ST: We condition three to four times a week for 20 minutes. We start off with running mechanics—[targeting the] technique of running from a proper starting position. We focus the first six weeks of the off-season on mechanics. Then the second part of the off-season, we work on first-step quickness, reaction and agility.
STACK: How does the conditioning cycle change during preseason?
ST: We go more into speed work, running and long sprints—anywhere from 20 to 400 yards. We work in resistance runs or assisted runs, working more top-speed endurance that helps condition the body to make it through the long season.
STACK: Once the season starts, does conditioning take a back seat?
ST: I run them at least once a week with some kind of conditioning. However, [during our warm-ups] we are doing mechanical skills such as A Skips, B Skips and quick-feet drills…to incorporate what we worked on in the off-season. We are also running some warm-up quick sprints prior to games and practices.