Knowing how to coach tee ball is crucial for developing a love of the game
For kids to have a great first experience with the game of baseball, knowing how to coach tee ball is crucial. A bad experience, I mean coach, can turn kids off to the game. Following are the key things to know and do so that doesn’t occur. Of all the things listed, pay special attention to number 4 on the printed sheet. It may be called t ball but the other aspects of the game of baseball besides hitting are important if kids are to advance. Hitting is the thing most kids will work at, but getting them to catch a ball and learn the strategy are key, too.
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How to coach tee ball pointers
- If you can round up some softer type balls for initial practices, especially for playing catch – do it. Have a first aid kit ready at all times with an emphasis on “at all times.”
- Activity is key. Keep things moving at a good pace, watch for bored players and get them involved whenever possible.
- Remember to keep it simple – extended talks and explanations are unnecessary in tee ball. Demonstrations and pictures are good.
- Even though called tee ball, teaching kids to catch the ball, position themselves, and run bases correctly are more important at this age.
- How to coach tee ball begins with knowing where to place the batting tee, so hitters are hitting the ball out front of them. Moving the height of the tee for the better hitters is a good idea so they learn to adjust and hit different pitch locations.
- Give homework and explain to parents exactly what they can be doing between practices. Improvement comes when kids practice at home, too.
Jack Perconte has dedicated his post-major league baseball career to helping youth. He has taught baseball and softball for the past 28 years. His playing, coaching and parenting stories create better experiences for athletes and parents. Jack has written over a thousand articles on coaching baseball and youth sports. Jack is the author of “The Making of a Hitter” and “Raising an Athlete.” His third book “Creating a Season to Remember” is now available. Jack is a featured writer for Baseball the Magazine. You can also find Jack Perconte on YouTube with over 120 fun and innovative baseball instructional videos. #coachingyouthbaseball #teeballcoaching