Two weeks ago, I finished writing The Beginners Guide to Coaching Teeball before the season started. The season started but a few practices were cancelled because of rain. Then today the first game was supposed to happen but the game was cancelled because of rain.
When a practice or game is cancelled, it reduces the number of available time players can use to improve their teeball skills.
This is why it is important for parents to spend time with their children to practice at home. At home, I am a firm believer that parents also need to be coaches for their children and have them toss the ball around or take a couple swings with the bat.
A lesson on catching
One weekend, my family and I took our kids to the playground and brought the bat, glove, balls, and batting tee.
That week my son missed practice because of the rain.
Since we have a short season I wanted my son to get all the practice he could.
After my son spent about 45 minutes playing on the playground, we moved to the other side of the park and threw the ball around.
For many players, catching is the hardest thing to do.
Their hand eye coordination isn’t there yet. Their confidence level is low. Plus they need to understand that the ball will not automatically appear in their glove when it’s coming toward them.
One lesson I like is for players to catch the ball without their glove.
This forces them to use their hand when grabbing the ball.
Many times, the glove is a hindrance and slows down the time for players to learn to catch.
So has your season started yet?
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