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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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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

T-Ball Batting Order Quick Tip!

 From T-Ball America
and Marty Schupak's book T-Ball Skills & Drills

My first year ever coaching was for my middle son's t-ball team. The games were three innings and each half inning was played until the complete batting order batted around then the teams switched. About a third into the season I realized the players at the bottom of the line-up were missing out on a big part of the game. Because if they got on base they were the last ones to do so in the inning, once the last player batted, the inning was over. They never experienced the running of the bases because many times after the last player made out, they were still standing on base. Here's a hint of what to do and it will work well. If the games are three innings long, bat 1-12 the first inning then reverse it and bat 12-1 the next inning. This way every player in the order has a chance to get on base and experience a full inning of base running.



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Monday, February 11, 2019

Quick Tip From T-Ball America
and Marty Schupak's book T-Ball Skills & Drills

When the first time players on your team try to hit the ball off a batting tee, it may be the first experience for some of them. Here is a tip that will benefit some of your players especially the younger ones. Use as many batting tees as you can. If you have twelve players on your team and have four tees, divide your team with three players in each group using parents or assistant coaches. Try and keep the younger players in the same group. Make sure the groups are spread out. With the tee take a newly bought small bathroom plunger which should cost no more than five dollars. Turn it upside down in the batting tee. Place a soft kickball on the batting tee and have your players hit the kickball off the tee the first time. This is putting your players in the best position to succeed. Most should be able to hit the kickball. The fact that you have them in small groups is putting less pressure on them to succeed. This technique is a great introductory drill early in the season and it works well.




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Sunday, February 10, 2019

T-Ball Gloves-Buyer Beware!

Quick Tip From T-Ball America
and Marty Schupak's book T-Ball Skills & Drills



 In t-ball and even other divisions, I've seen kids come to their first practice with baseball gloves that would make the founders of baseball roll over in their graves. I cannot blame the parents totally on purchasing the wrong type of glove for their kids. In my area we are fortunate to have a very diverse population with many hard working immigrants who want to be a part of the community. Many of the parents don't know too much about t-ball but want to do the right thing for their children. Many single mom households and even dads who no nothing about sports will do the same thing. Upon signing up their kids, they will run out and buy the best glove that fits their economic position that is labeled "T-Ball Glove." Many times these gloves make it impossible to catch any type of ball. A lot of times, these "Pancake Gloves" are made by the millions overseas and sold cheaply pretending to be a good piece of equipment. They aren't. Leagues, commissioners and coaches have to instruct their parents on the correct gloves for their players.
These are what I call 'Pancake Gloves." Companies are more interested in selling these by the millions instead of selling the correct glove that will help make t-ball players sound baseball and softball players. Leagues have to be involved in helping parents in the decision making on new equipment.
  With that said, here is a theory of mine that I believe will help t-ball and all baseball players in the long run. How about playing the first inning of every t-ball game the first half of the season with a softer than normal ball, and no gloves used in the field? Having fielders play without gloves will actually help in their catching techniques. Leagues should think about this and always play the season for the long haul. Remember the goal for every coach is only one thing, to have their players sign up to play baseball or softball next year!

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

A T-Ball Tip That Is A Sure Thing

Quick Tip From T-Ball America
and Marty Schupak's book T-Ball Skills & Drills


Here's an idea that has been a "home run" during my youth coaching career since I started doing it. Have a team newsletter.  Ask for a volunteer to do this at your parent's meeting. You'll get more than one volunteer. For a ten game t-ball season, you can have three newsletters. For a fifteen game season have four. You determine the number based on the number of games your t-ball team plays. Here are a few musts:
1) It must be a hard copy, not an e-mail.
2) It must be one page only and keep it simple.
3) Each t-ball player's name must be mentioned in each newsletter.
4) You the coach must see the final proof before it is distributed.

 This works great! Everyone loves it! The players, the parents and the coaches. And some of the best fans of the team newsletter are the grandparents (use large fonts). In fact when they receive the hard copy in Florida, everyone in their condominium complex will see the newsletter.





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Friday, February 8, 2019

T-Ball Coaches & Parents Should Use Props To Stimulate Kids!

Quick Tip From T-Ball America
and Marty Schupak's book T-Ball Skills & Drills

Using household props can and will stimulate t-ball players. I learned a number of years ago that kids love to use props when doing an activity. As long as it is safe,
I would encourage coaches and parents to be creative and use household props (or old toys). Here are two examples related to catching for young t-ball players:

1) Cut 2 plywood circles 1/2 inch thick with a 9" diameter. Attach with a staple gun or glue a cotton glove to the back of the wooden circle. You can also do this with an old ping pong racquet taking off the handle. With this prop the player puts the cotton glove on his glove hand. You then throw the player a ground ball with a soft covered or tennis ball and he must catch it using the circular wood as his baseball glove. We are teaching the players the concept of catching with two hands because of the flatness of the wood he must use two hands.

2) The old scatch game with two velcro paddles and a velcro ball is great for getting young players confident catching fly balls. Remember you want to put your players in a position to succeed and this concept is conditioning the players to catch a fly ball. As part of the progression method, once a player is comfortable with the scatch paddles, use a ball and glove.

  The are a lot of different creative ideas using props that kids will love. For parents these are great at home games and making them with their own children is excellent quality time that they will always remember.









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Thursday, February 7, 2019

T-Ball America's Marty Schupak Discuss The Progression Method

 The "Progression Method" is a basic common sense approach to coaching youth sports. In t-ball it is especially important not to impose too much teaching at one time with young players. I learned long ago it is not a good idea to over coach and under teach. In t-ball one of the worse things a coach can do is go right into a drill expecting the players to be somewhat proficient without any skill instruction. For example years ago I observed a coach's first practice and he got his team into pairs having them face each other and instruct them to play catch with their partner. More than one player got hit in the face and their first experience was a negative one. Using the progression method, the coach should have done a basic drill that would have put the players in a position to succeed. How about having one line face the coach. And with a soft covered ball, the coach throws it to the first person in line with the instruction that they cannot catch the ball but must just make contact with their glove and the ball. The ball hits the glove and falls to the ground then the player goes to the end of the line. He does not throw the ball back to the coach. Remember to separate skills and teach one skill at a time. If you want players to get more repetitions, use one or more assistant coaches who sets up the same drill with their own bucket of soft covered baseballs.


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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Quick Tip-Hi/Lo Throw


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From Marty Schupak's latest book T-Ball Skills & Drills
 
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.

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