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Teaching T-Ball Today
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T-Ball America is the national youth sports organization dedicated to the development of the game of t-ball. T-Ball America wants to make the game of t-ball fun for the participants as well as instill an interest in both baseball and softball so kids will continue to come back to play every year. Providing the resources to put kids in a position to succeed, T-Ball America offers a variety of programs and services. It is the center for information on how to improve existing t-ball programs and establish new ones. T-Ball America is happy to work with national, regional and local youth baseball leagues, civic or community groups, parents and kids.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Tee Ball Miss The Tee Drill

A challenging exercise for young kids is for the coach or parent to tie a rope at the end of a bat or pole. The rope is then hung over the batting tee with room for a bat to pass between the tee and the end of the rope. The player must swing the bat without hitting the batting tee or the rope. As the player swings through the empty space, which promotes bat control and hand‒eye coordination, the coach will lower the rope, making the space even harder for the player to pass the bat through without touching either object. The coach can even have a player start with a big red bat and then switch bats. This is getting the batter used to the different sized bats. Coaches can even hold out a plastic bat instead of the rope contraption. This drill will condition t‒ball players to swing at the ball on top of the tee without hitting the tee over with their swing, which is common in t‒ball. It is very important to put them in a position to succeed the first few turns so make sure there is more than ample space between the rope and the batting tee.





Bonus tip: Instead of using running as a punishment on sports team, how about rewarding your team running a victory lap around the field if they do something good. Include the coaches. Changing the way players look at running may have a lifetime affect on them.



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Friday, December 7, 2018

Tee Ball Color Code Hitting

Giving young t‒ballers a target to focus on is a good idea. Just as it was important to keep their eyes on the ball when fielding, it is equally important to do so when hitting. Getting young players to keep their head and eyes on the ball is a challenge on all levels. Color‒coding the baseballs will give the hitter something to focus on.
   Besides using a color, stickers is even a better idea. The sticker is something young players are familiar with and this is a great way to keep the batter’s eyes on the ball. Have the players try to hit the ball squarely on the sticker. The player can even call out the color or the animal on the sticker to prove his eye was on the ball upon contact.
  An animal sticker like the one shown on the baseball may seem very juvenile but this technique works, and works well. If you have t‒ball players who are on the team a second time, this drill might be boring for some of those players. This is where the coach should separate the team by skill and ability. One group may be working on focusing on hitting the sticker on the ball while the other group can do a more advanced drill at the same time. If you or the coach is able to have more than two groups based on ability, this is something that should be taken advantage of in practice. The head coach should have the final say on which player goes into which group. Coaches should get feedback from their assistants. If you are able to use groups, do not overlook team drills. You don’t want your t‒ball team to have mini teams. You have one team with coaching goals.


Bonus Tip: In t-ball try to separate skills. When you are teaching throwing, don't have your players catch. When you are teaching catching, don't have your players throw.



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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Tee Ball High/Low Throw!



Young players will progress with their baseball skills differently. This is a drill that some players may get and others may not. Run either a rope or a strip of blue painters tape across a fence. Have players spaced apart and holding a pickle ball or any type of plastic ball. Call out either “high or low.” On the “high” command the player must throw the ball above the blue tape. On the “low” command the player must throw the ball below the blue tape. Notice the coach handing the ball to the player. Remember to separate skills so instead of the player catching the ball, hand it to him or have him pick it up himself. The coach can eventually progress to combining the skills. Coaches should have an ample number of balls. This is one of those drills that there has to be ample space between each player. This is a great drill for working on basic throwing techniques and accuracy. Coaches and parents should be encouraged to break up each skill at first, so a player will either throw or catch a ball.



Bonus Tip: With regard to throwing a ball, young athletes can develop physically for this skill from ages 6 to 9. Coaches and parents should not get frustrated nor give up on their kid’s involvement in baseball or softball. If the player shows an enthusiasm for the game, stick with it!



Monday, December 3, 2018

T-Ball Color Code Fielding


Color code some of your team’s supply of baseballs with blue and yellow masking tape. One‒third of the baseballs will be coded blue, a third coded yellow, and a third natural white. We want to emphasize the importance for young players to keep their eyes on the ball. The Color Code Fielding Drill is excellent and challenging.

The coach will toss a ball underhand on the ground and the fielder must watch the ball into his glove, recognize the color of the ball, and yell it out. The player watches the ball into his glove and yells out blue, yellow, or white when he recognizes the ball. 




It is also highly recommended to do this t-ball drill (and others) bare handed before you use gloves






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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Paddle Catch


Just as catching ground balls barehanded will force players to use both hands, the Paddle Catch drill will also do the same thing. Take a round piece of plywood or a Ping‒Pong racquet without the handle. Attach a light cotton glove with the tip of the fingers cut off to the back of the paddle so the player can comfortably put his hand inside of it.





You want to try to do it correctly so the glove is secured to the paddle well and won’t come off. The cotton glove can be attached in any number of ways. Crazy Glue, or even just stapling the glove to the wood works well.

The paddle is then simulating a glove but the player must still use two hands. Depending on the skill level you can begin to introduce the concept of players moving their feet to the baseball and not reaching for it. The barehanded and paddle catch will help begin to reinforce players moving to the ball and not just reaching with their arms. Like in almost all t‒ball drills, make sure the player just tosses the ball aside and doesn’t throw it back. We want to separate skills.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Velcro Catch Drill


One of the hardest skills for young players to succeed at is to catch a fly ball hit to them. In fact, the best ways to turn a player off from the game of baseball is for him to get hit with a fly ball in the face. The Velcro fly ball drill will help players gain confidence in catching the fly ball and their fear of getting hurt by the ball will be diminished. 

With the Velcro paddle, the coach will at first just throw the ball a short distance. He can then move further apart and finally hit the Velcro ball with a racquet. Giving the player confidence will enable him to progress to the next level using his glove to catch a tennis ball or a pickle ball, and finally the t‒ball.

A good beginning technique when the players first use their gloves is to tell them they do not have to catch the ball but just make contact with the ball with their glove. Remember you want the players to achieve as much success as possible at an early age to gain confidence.









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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

T-Ball Force Play Concept Explained


This drill is from Marty Schupak's new t-ball book to be released in 2019. The force play or being forced on the bases is one of the strangest concepts new t-ball player will be exposed to. Many will not get it the first time it is explained. Coaches must not only explain but show the players. In this drill we are trying to simplify it by using the term "pushed."

Goal
Teaching players the concept of the force play using the term “pushed.”.

Time
5-10 Minutes

Equipment
Regular bases or drop down bases are used in this drill. Drop down bases are preferred.

Description
This drill is similar to the previous base running drill except we are introducing the  concept of a force play and when a baserunner has to run and when he has the option of running or staying at the base he is at. For young t-ball players using the term “Pushing” when explaining the concept of being forced is easier to understand.
  1. Gather the players at home plate to explain the drill.
  2. Put a player on second base.
  3. Then get between the group at home and the player at second base and ask out loud if the player at second is being “pushed.”
  4. When someone yells out “no” expound on that explaining and reinforcing.
  5. Have a player stand in the batter’s box.
  6. A coach will throw a ground ball simulating a hit.
  7. The player in the batter’s box will run to first base.
  8. Now with runners at 1st and 2nd ask the team if the runner at 2nd is being “pushed.”
  9. When a player answers “yes” again expound on the explanation but not too long of an explanation.
  10. A coach will again throw a ground ball simulating a hit.
  11. The players on 1st and 2nd base will run to the next base.

Important Tips
There is a lot of explaining in this drill with limited activity but it is quite necessary. As a coach you have to decide when the best time to explain the force or being “pushed” concept. The first week of practice may not be the time to explain this concept as the youngest players are trying to absorb everything coming at them at once.

Benefit

Getting players to learn the concept of the force play or as a baserunner being “pushed.”


Related Resources
T-Ball Skills & Drill (book and video)


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Schupak Sports

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Schupak Sports