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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.

* T-Ball America is a Youth Sports Club company.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Simplified Baseball Pitching Techniques That Work!


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If parents and coaches follow some basic pitching principles, pitchers will be more effective and will win more games. The old axiom that “you could never have enough pitching” or……….




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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Tissue Hit


The "Tissue Hit" drill is a great beginning drill for t-ball players that can be done at home.

Goal
Help develop hand eye coordination with a hittable moving object object.

Equipment
A big red plastic bat. A box of tissues. A gripper like one stores use to get items that are high and out of reach.

Time
4-6 Minutes

Description
An individual more than a team drill. This should be done later rather than earlier in the season. It will be hard enough for some of the kids to just hit a ball off a batting tee. It is one of those drills that parents can do at home with their kids. In fact t-ball coaches should have a list of drills and explanations as a hand out for parents to do at home. The gripper in this drill is like the one used by store owners to get items off the shelf up high. This drill is somewhat similar to the balloon and bubble hit. And yes this is t-ball but to engage the players we want to challenge and stimulate them. And remember that players of all ages like seeing and using props. Start with the older players or returning t-ball players doing this drill. As the young players see them they will also want a try.

1. Have a player at home plate with a big red plastic bat.
2. The coach has a gripper with a tissue at the end that is flat and not rolled up.
3. The coach with his arm stretched to the limit both length and height wise.
4. He let’s go of the tissue with the gripper.

5. When the tissue gets to an area the player thinks he has a chance to make contact with it he swings the bat.


Important Tips
This is a wonderful at home drill for parents to include all their kids. If it is done at home and a deck is available, try it as long as it does not impede the player’s swing.  Some kids will want to swing more than once at the tissue. Let them! Also remember that the tissue will not drop in a straight line. And the higher up it has to come down, the less straight it will be.

Benefits
Players will exercise that eye hand coordination and learn to focus and swing at a moving object.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Miss The Tee Drill


The Miss The Tee Drill is an excellent drill that is very 
non-threatening that young tee-ball players can do. It is also a perfect at home drill.

Goal
Teaching t-ball players bat control

Equipment
Batting tee, two plastic bats or one bat and one pole, 6’ piece of rope.

Time
3-10 Minutes

Description
Bat control at the t-ball level is a challenge for many young players. Some players will completely miss hitting the ball off the batting tee. Remembering that youngsters in this age group 5-6 develop differently. Coaches and especially parents and players should not feel frustrated if he cannot succeed at this drill. The beauty of this drill is that you can make it very achievable.
1. Set up a batting tee at the appropriate height for the player to hit but without a ball.
2. Take a thin plastic bat like a whiffle ball bat.
3. Tie a rope at the end of the bat.
4. Wrap it around the bat so there is 2-3 feet of rope hanging from the end.
5. Set the player up like he will be hitting off the tee.
6. Back off a distance where the player’s swing is a safe if he swings it and won’t hit the coach.
7. Hold the plastic bat out so the rope is directly over the batting tee.
8. Have it so there is a liberal amount of space between the rope and the tee.
9. Instruct the player to swing the bat in between the tee and the rope but not to hit either.
10. The coach or parent can lower or raise the bat to make it easier or to challenge the player.

Important Tips
This individual drill can be quite helpful for young players. An alternative to a plastic bat for the coach to extend the rope would be a broom stick or any type of pole. It has to be long enough that it is safe for the coach or parent holding it. I used to do this drill at the corner of my deck in my backyard. Tying the rope to the corner pole and letting it hang down directly over the batting tee can have the same effect as long as the player can freely swing the bat unencumbered and it is easy enough to wrap the rope around the corner of the deck to lengthen or shorten the rope. You can use thicker plastic bats. Remember the object is not to hit the rope or the tee. 

Benefit
T-ball players are learning in a general way to focus and control where they swing the bat.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

T-Ball Lead Drill

The Lead Drill is an excellent drill teaching players to catch fly balls. Coaches and parents can have variations of the drill for t-ball players. Remember safety is of the most concern.                             


Goal
Teaching players to keep their eye on the ball while running for a fly.

Equipment
A bucket of soft covered balls.

Time
5-10 minutes

Description
This drill is generally for older players. Like many drills if you make the proper adjustments, you can have t-ball players experience this advanced type of drill. Make sure you take into consideration the physical distance of the drill, the type of balls used and the ability of the t-ball players on the team.
  1. The players will line up in a single file line.
  2. The coach will have a bucket of soft covered balls next to him.
  3. The coach will line himself next to the first person in line.
  4. On the “go” command the first player will run away from the coach and try to look over his shoulder at the coach.
  5. The coach will throw the ball trying to lead the player.
  6. The ultimate goal is to catch the ball but the players at this age should only strive to touch the ball with their glove.

Important Tips
This will be difficult for many t-ballers especially at the beginning of the season. Coaches can use variations of this drill like just having them walk away from the coach at first. Most players will not be able to catch the ball which is why we are putting them in a position to succeed requiring them just to touch the ball with their glove. Coaches can also use bigger size balls including nerf balls. We want the players to realize that not all catches are made in a stationary position and that moving to the ball is a great basic fundamental. Coaches should divide the team into two lines by ability and run this drill with two lines and two coaches. Coaches must be aware of where the sun is when doing this drill. Many times having the players run into the sun is the best way to run this drill because they will be looking back at the coach away from the sun. Also coaches need to emphasize or even have an assistant or parent help to direct the player after his turn so he does not run into the next participant. This is a great drill a parent can do in their own backyard.

Benefit
T-Ball players are getting the experience of moving their feet or running to field the ball.






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Monday, September 2, 2019

T-Ball Drill:Tennis Racquet Home Run Derby


Tennis racquet home run derby is more of an individual fun drill than anything else. Introducing t-ball players to hitting a moving ball instead of off a batting tee is a big step. Always try to put the player in a position to succeed. The tennis racquet has a bigger face than a bat to hit a ball. 

1.Put a 4” cinder block on the ground.
2.The player will hold a tennis racquet like a baseball bat.
3.The coach or parent will bounce the ball off the cinder block.
4.As soon as he bounces the ball, the person has to quickly move back to make sure there is no chance of being hit by the tennis racquet.
5.The player will watch the ball bounce up.
6.He will swing at the ball only on the down flight of the ball.
7.If there is only one player, continue with more balls.
8.If this is being done on the field, give the player a pre-determined number of chances.

Important Tips
The 4” cinder block is recommended but this is only for convenience because it is lighter than 6” or 8” blocks. If you are doing this in your backyard and have 6” or 8” cinder blocks and can handle the weight, don’t go out and buy the 4” just for this drill. This drill can also be done at the end of a small bench. Interestingly if you have both and are doing this in your own backyard, try it both ways. Because the cinder block is on the ground and the bench is above it gives the batter two different looks at the tennis ball. The emphasis should be on the player hitting the ball and not the form of the swing.
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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Increase Batting Practice Repetitions 20-30%


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 #Youth Softball #Tee Ball

If you are able to increase the repetitions your players get in batting practice, everyone wins! And improvement is almost a guarantee if baseball and softball coaches follow these steps. In all my years of coaching youth baseball, I have always
looked for the most efficient…….


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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

LINEMASTER DRILL

The best sports coaches in the world are able to think ahead different scenarios and plays during a game. The great New England Patriot football coach Bill Belichick has an uncanny ability of thinking ahead in his mind multiple plays in advance when the Patriot offense is moving the ball. And he does the same when the Patriots are on defense. The late baseball manager Billy Martin had the same kind of innate ability to have multiple scenarios in his head during a rally by his team or the opposition with each pitch. Can we get youth baseball and softball players to think ahead? We all agree it is important. The linemaster drill is an excellent drill that puts players in a position to think ahead. Line up 11 players with 1 player (the linemaster) out front.Two baseballs are used. Depending on age and ability, soft covered balls may be best. The linemaster has a ball as does the first person in line. The coach standing next to the linemaster will yell, “throw.” The linemaster throws the ball to the 2nd person in line while looking to receive the ball thrown by the 1st person. This continues down the line and then goes back to where it started.

This drill teaches players to think ahead. They must know where the ball is coming from and know ahead of time where they will throw. The drill test eye-hand coordination. You will see a noticeable difference in players’ reaction times during the course of the year if they practice this drill regularly. Remember the coach determines the speed of the drill.

Can really young players do this drill? Yes! Try doing it with ground balls. Can older players do this drill? Yes! Coaches can make it a speed drill and increase or decrease distances. In fact try to stagger the distance with every other players.

The linemaster drill is a simple yet effective drill that forces players not only to act but to think. Baseball and softball are sports that players must process different things and be able to think ahead. This drill works!


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