Is Summer Ball for you?


A hot debated question in the amateur baseball world is whether or not players should play summer ball. Will it lead to injury? Are players getting overworked? Should they take time off completely?

These are questions as parents and players that we hear all the time.

The answer is not as simple as it may seem. It’s of my opinion that summer ball and its benefits to amateur players depends on a number of different variables that must be weighed accordingly.

-How old is the player?

-What position?

-How many games did he play in the regular season?

-What type of player is he?

-What are his strengths and weaknesses?

-What is the players goal?

All of these questions are ones that need to be answered when it comes to this decision. But instead of just leaving you with a “it depends” answer, I’m going to discuss how I would go about making this decision.


Every decision in life needs to be made with a long-term goal in mind. If you make decisions based off what you want now, you will fail to get what you really want moving forward. So the first question I always ask my players when I start working with them is, “what is your goal?”

Because my program and training is focused on a deeper understanding of high performance, most of my athletes want to play Professionally, or atleast Collegiatley.

If these align with your goals as well, summer ball becomes a big decision.

Strengths and Weaknesses

The second part of the decision making process is what are your strengths and weaknesses. You need to look at this with YOUR GOAL in mind. You can’t compare yourself to other players you are playing with. You must compare yourself with players that are at your higher level goal.

“What do they have that I need?”

Are they stronger?


Better arm?

Better swing mechanics?

Better mentally?

Or do I have all the tools this player has, but simply need to develop them in game situations?

These are big questions.

Let me put it this way, if you don’t have the tools to play at the level of your goal, you need to consider playing less games to focus your time on training these tools.

Tools need to be developed first, then you can learn to implement those tools in games.


Position Player vs. Pitcher. Here’s where I’m going to start controversy. If I was an amateur pitcher, I would NEVER pitch a summer ball game.

But how am I supposed to get experience? How am I supposed to get innings? Blah blah blah.

The fact of the matter is, most pitchers in high school don’t have the pure arm strength to compete at higher levels. So if your goal is to play in college or professionally, you should devote your entire summers to training in programs that will help you develop. Your not going to magically start throwing harder by pitching 50 innings over summer.

How many games did you play in the regular season

Although this is an easy question to answer, how to use it to determine whether or not to play summer ball is a little more complicated. The real question is, if you didn’t play much during the season, why? Was it because you were hurt? Was it because you weren’t good enough? Or was it because you simply didn’t perform well.

If you didn’t play because you aren’t good enough, is playing 50 games over summer going to make you better? Or is training in the weight room, working on your swing, developing your arm, and developing your tools the way to go? This is a question you have to answer yourself. But if I had to guess, most of you need to spend this time training to get better.

A General Rule of thumb

As you can see, there are many variables when it comes to making this decision. It is my belief that most players should spend the summer months getting better by working on their strengths and skills in a controlled environment. This means less time in games, and more time training. If you really want to improve your game, you have to make changes that require hours and hours of work outside of games. Summer is a great time for amateur players to develop their body, skills, and tools that will translate into a better overall players. So if you really want to get better and take a step closer to your ultimate goal, consider training over gaming.

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About Brian Hamm

My name is Brian Hamm and I am all about "Baseball Development". Through my journey as a high school and college player, I always felt that a competitive advantage eluded me. I constantly researched and discovered new resources, ideas, and theories that have shaped how I coach today. It’s my goal to work relentlessly in order to give my players, clients, and coaches the biggest competitive advantage that will allow them to reach their full potential. My mission is to spread my knowledge to baseball players around the world and help change the developmental process forever.

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