Friday, November 6, 2020

Throwing: More Than Just Picking Up A Ball

Tee Ball Throwing

When teaching throwing in tee ball it's more than just having a 5 or 6 year old picking up a hardball and throwing it from one location to another or a player. A few things:
1) Remember in general to keep practices short. This usually produces more efficient learning than longer practices.
      2) Do drills that offer many repetitions in a short period of time. 
     3)In the beginning of the t-ball season try to separate skills. If you are teaching throwing, don't have the players catch. If you are teaching catching, don't have the players throw.  During the season, combine the two skills.
4) Separate players by ability. You will have different ages and ability.

Here's a fun drill for your team!
This drill is called "Clean the Infield"
In this drill we are taking the skill of throwing and making it into a type of competition for the team.
1. Split the team in half.
                 2. Usually 6 players on each team. 
                                    3.Spread soft covered baseballs around the dirt part of the infield.
                                   4.Some will be between 1st and 2nd and some between 2nd and 3rd.
                      5.In left and right field set up 3 cones.
                                  6.Each team lines up on one side of the pitcher's mound.
                                  7. On the 'Go" command each team runs to their assigned side.
                                 8. The first team to throw all the balls off the dirt in their area gets 5 points.
                                 9. For every cone knocked down, the team gets 3 points.
                             10. Once the players run to the dirt area, they cannot go on the outfield grass.
                           11. The team that gets the most points wins.

Tee Ball At Home Quick Tip:
When having your son or daughter throw in your backyard, one of the most important things is to try and keep the child's head steady. The more the head moves, the more wild the throw will be. To help ensure less wildness, have them throw into space but not a long distance. Also when at home try different object instead of ball.  Yarn rolls, rolled up newspapers, plastic water bottles are just a few examples. The muscle memory feeling the different weight and shaped objects will help the young player's throwing skills. Most important kids develop at a different pace. DO NOT feel discouraged if your child's best friend does the skill better. I've seen late blooming tee ball players become stars of their high school baseball or softball teams down the road. Keep the young player engaged and encourage them to keep playing!

*This is from Marty Schupak's book T-Ball Drills.
Available at Bookbaby and Amazon 

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