Basically, you’ve been away from the game, and pitching, for ten (10) years, and you want to play the game again (pitching) and you only practiced for one month prior to trying out, and now you have a year before you want to start playing the game and pitching again.
The only approach that I would suggest would be to accommodate something that would fit your life style. In other words, how are you physically, health wise, something that would fit the demands of your work, your social commitments, and your demeanor.
Consider these factors in your life:
- Is your physical body healthy enough (physically fit/stamina) to sustain the high heat of summer, sun and similar environmental conditions?
- Is your health maintained throughout the year? No health issues like asthma, weight loss, poor nutrition habits, abnormal weight loss, prior injuries to shoulders/arms/ etc., heart disease, vision impairments, shortness of breath, over/under weight, and other health related issues?
- Is your work physically demanding, does it involve considerable stress, an evening or night job?
- Are you involved in social commitments like volunteering, looking after a family member?
- Is your personal demeanor such that you can commit to an entire season, be depended on?
This publication has sections in it that you can use, regardless of your situation. The nutrition section is excellent in my opinion, and the workouts can be tailored by you, even for a 27 year old who has a year to prepare for the next season. I assume that you haven’t “worked out” prior to this posting - tailored to baseball and pitching. So, I would suggest going easy to start. See how the high school program fits you. See how you can maintain that level of condition. See how the expectations for a high school player fits your life style(s). Remember, you’ve been away from this environment for 10 years and you have almost a full year to get ready for the next season.
I wouldn’t push yourself beyond the high school program right now. But, there is a benefit here , with the high school program - you’ve been there before. This should be familiar ground to you.
I’ve seen many adult league players who work evenings and nights try to sustain themselves during a hot afternoon on the field and it just doesn’t work. They end up taxing themselves beyond reason and into the season, they end up missing a lot of games.
Pay particular attention to sections on:
- Sleep habits.
- The pace of your workouts … ease into it, monitor yourself constantly. Don’t be aggressive here.
- Keep the charts active… KEEP THE CHARTS ACTIVE.
- Address these sections that I suggested with the serious demeanor that they deserve.
Don’t be fooled that because your 27, the high school section is beneath you or that it’s kid’s stuff. Just be on notice that adult baseball is not about fun and games. These guys out there are out to win. There’s little humor for a guy who can’t hold his own. If you plan to pitch, you’d better be ready to know exactly what you’re doing, and don’t keep eight (8) other guys baking in the sun while you “work things out.”
You’ve got a challenging road ahead of you and I wish you the very best with your baseball experience.