T-ball drills from coaches who have used Coach Walker's T-ball Coaching handbook and video:
Italicized comments were added by Coach Walker.
Helping kids to learn their positions...
This probably sounds overly simple but during practices I put out small orange cones where all the positions are located helping them find their way and keeps them from straying away. It also keeps them from swarming to the ball as I tell them to defend ‘their area’. During the first practice I also paired up the players giving them each a ‘treasure map’ showing the field and the position locations and would call out positions for them to run to. They get excited and working with a partner helps avoid any one player being embarrassed if they forget where to go.
Improving glove hand coordination...
This drill really worked for the kids on my team.
Whether the motion is scooping, slapping or stationary you are teaching position of the glove for catching the ball.
Improving a hitters swing...
Pair left-handed coaches with right-handed batters (and right-handed coaches with left-handed batters). Have the coach stand on the other side of the tee from the player (mirror image) and show proper stance and swing. The gives the batters a good visual reference and the coaches can make corrections easily.
Any coach may take a left-handed batters' stance, just be sure the hands and feet are placed in the correct position so the coach is a mirror image of the player(s).
With repetition, batters who had problems (such as chopping) were hitting well.
Thanks for all your help,
Set the tee even with the players belly button and have them extend their arms fully. Say, "measure up," and explain to the batter how hitting the ball on the fat part of the bat makes the ball go further.
This helps each batter stand the appropriate distance away from the ball, and swing level.
Have the parent and players, who are waiting to bat, encourage
Using the waiting players to encourage the batter is a good team-building technique.
Teaching players to watch the ball...
Improving throwing and catching...
Get the players used to using both hands, then graduate to gloves. This drill may also be used to improve catching line drives or pop ups
Remember, positive reinforcement!
Love the "Coaches Nose" reference. I know this will work, players this age love a challenge.
Coach Eric Morales
Learning to play the lead runner...
Bring a large rubber ball that is easy to catch and play a game of kick ball. Have the player find the lead runner, move to position to catch the ball, and throw the ball to the appropriate base.
At the next practice go back to using a baseball. You will notice a lot of improvement in the players understanding of the game.
This information is not in the handbook, so print them if you think you will need them.
Thanks to all the coaches who wrote in.
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