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Quick Tip From T-Ball America
and Marty Schupak's book T-Ball Skills & Drills
Using household props can and will stimulate t-ball players. I learned a number of years ago that kids love to use props when doing an activity. As long as it is safe,
I would encourage coaches and parents to be creative and use household props (or old toys). Here are two examples related to catching for young t-ball players:
1) Cut 2 plywood circles 1/2 inch thick with a 9" diameter. Attach with a staple gun or glue a cotton glove to the back of the wooden circle. You can also do this with an old ping pong racquet taking off the handle. With this prop the player puts the cotton glove on his glove hand. You then throw the player a ground ball with a soft covered or tennis ball and he must catch it using the circular wood as his baseball glove. We are teaching the players the concept of catching with two hands because of the flatness of the wood he must use two hands.
2) The old scatch game with two velcro paddles and a velcro ball is great for getting young players confident catching fly balls. Remember you want to put your players in a position to succeed and this concept is conditioning the players to catch a fly ball. As part of the progression method, once a player is comfortable with the scatch paddles, use a ball and glove.
The are a lot of different creative ideas using props that kids will love. For parents these are great at home games and making them with their own children is excellent quality time that they will always remember.