Sunday, July 28, 2019

Teaching Throwing To T-Ball Players

Throwing is one of the hardest skills to teach young baseball players correctly. Bad habits are hard to break and so are good habits. The problem is if a t-ball player or youth player develops a bad habit and it is not corrected at a young age, the bad habit can continue. There are many tips when teaching kids throwing. I'll discuss just a few here. When first year t-ballers first start throwing, get ready. Many times it is bombs away with the balls flying all over the place. This is why two things are extremely important:

1) First to use soft covered balls or tennis balls
2) And second spread your players far apart.

I have spoken about separating skills.
To separate throwing from catching. When teaching throwing you want the players to step with the opposite foot that they throw with. When having your players throw, try it against a fence. Put down 2 or 3 low cones in a line toward the fence you want your players to step toward. This will help the players keep directional. Another bad habit young players will get into is their elbow will be too low and not pointing at the target. This may be heard for 5-year olds to understand but if you hold their arms, raising their elbows and directing the elbow to the target, they will get it. Another thing young kids do is not bring back their arms. some even think they are bringing their arm back when they aren't. I found an activity that will help this. Get a free standing bench and have each player lie on their back. Hand them a tennis ball and tell them to bring their arm down toward the ground, rotate it behind them then throw the tennis ball to you the coach who is standing at the player's feet. Gravity will help bring the player's arm all the way down and back and some players who thought they were bringing their arm back will now feel something they never felt as their arm is definitely going down and back.


Related Resources

All FREE on Amazon Prime Video and through your library's Hoopla program
Tee Balls Skills & Drills
The 59 Minute Baseball Practice
Backyard Baseball Drills
Winning Baseball Strategies
Pitching Drills & Techniques
Hitting Drills & Techniques
Catching Drills & Techniques
Baserunning & Bunting Drills
Fielding Drills & Techniques


Books
T-Ball Skills & Drills
Baseball Coaching: A Guide For The Youth Coach & Parent
44 Baseball Mistakes and Corrections
Baseball Chronicles 1:Articles on Youth Coaching
Baseball Chronicles 2:Articles on Youth Coaching
Infield Team Play & Strategies
44 Baseball Mistakes & Corrections
Advanced Toss & Batting Tee Drills



All of Marty Schupak sports instructional videos are available free atAmazon Prime Video and Hoopla: Keyword:  Schupak Sports
Baseball Coaching: A Guide For The Youth Coach & Parent (bk)
Marty Schupak's youth baseball coaches & parents clinic:

"T-Ball and Beyond" will be coming to your area.
January 2020
Paramus, NJ
February 2020
Philadelphia,PA.
March 2020
Boston, MA.
*If your league wants a clinic contact Marty Schupak at:
Greenrewind@gmail.com

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