How do you teach 5 year olds to play baseball?
July 3, 2008 9:25 AM Subscribe
I thought it would be fun to volunteer to help out with my son's first baseball team. Now I'm the coach, and twice a week I have about a dozen 4-6 year olds looking at me, expecting to learn how to play the game. I'm rapidly running out of ideas here. How do I keep the very basics of the game fun, interesting, and instructional?
posted by GhostintheMachine to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Most of the instructional materials I've found is aimed at older kids, 9-12 year olds, practicing skills like hitting the cutoff player and situational hitting, while some of my players need to practice remembering which hand to put their glove on. This is a non-competitive training league (there's only one team) meant just to introduce the concept of baseball, and most of these kids aren't even in school yet. They range in ability from being able to hit soft-tossed balls into the outfield to not having the arm strength to hold a bat up straight.
I'm looking for any ideas here.