Teaching the young guys to play baseball can be challenging. Here are 11 ways you can teach the fundamentals to your tee ball squad.
Unfortunately, a late start in a game like tee ball or baseball typically means players won't make up the difference until the following season when they can get a better start.
Get organized, develop a plan, and prepare to work hard. Learn as much about tee ball and baseball as you can. Prepare to learn enough about baseball to be able to present the material in "kid terms."
No.2: Paint a Picture
Kids don't know what it means to "step in the bucket" or "take an extra base" or "turn two" until you teach them and show them. Successful coaches know their audience and use analogies and common visual imagery to establish an intellectual and cognitive connection with their players.
For tee ball players, these images are best when they are a bit dramatic: point the belly button toward the part of the field where you want to hit the ball (get your hips rotated), make your arm like an elephant's trunk when throwing (don't launch the ball like a catapult, THROW it), and point the button on your cap in the direction the ball came from when fielding a ground ball (keep your head down), for instance.
No.3: Be Accountable
Whether your league keeps score or not, or whether you have a team that can win games or not, don't ever fail to take your responsibilities as a coach seriously.
Being a serious coach means that you'll try to teach them something about baseball, basic skills, and sportsmanship, it means that you're attentive to player safety, and it means that while you're asking your players to put their best foot forward, so are you.
No.4: Improve Your Skills
Having been a good player is no assurance that you will be a good coach any more than being a good student necessarily means you will be a good teacher.
A coach must possess certain qualities:
- A coach has to be a good teacher he has to be patient
- He has to be confident and decisive
- He has to be nurturing when his players get hurt or make mistakes
- He has to be able to get as much as he can out of his players without going too far
No.5: Work With Parents
Tell players' parents not to assume that the game of tee ball is just like the game of baseball. Try to tell them the difference because it might spare you an untimely laugh and them the humiliation of asking a silly question later.