Teaching Your Kids To Hit A Baseball

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After many years coaching every sport the city rec department could possibly imagine, I discovered that most of my younger colleagues were facing familiar issues when it came to teaching their kids how to hit a baseball.  Here is an easy way to have fun and turn them into sluggers too!

It doesn’t matter if your son or daughter is in T-Ball; coach pitch; softball or organized Little League baseball.  This simple process will help them to hit the ball with confidence and coordination.  One of the first things I recognized when coaching young kids in T-Ball was that they could not hit a regulation size baseball .  Swinging over, under, killing the tee…it was agonizing - and not just for me.  Even worse were the first timers who had to hit a pitched ball!  Repeated failures led to trying harder and continued whiffing.  Encouraging shouts from parents to “keep your eye on the ball” only confused the kids.  I had to come up with a better solution….and I did!


Easy as 1-2-3……..  Use bigger balls in a progressive training approach.  Here’s how it works – get yourself 3-4 balls of varying sizes and start everyone off batting using the largest ball available.  Then slowly work your way down to a regulation baseball.  The key here is to have all the players go through this like a practice drill so nobody feels like they are being singled out as a bad hitter (plus you get to assess their hitting skills too). 


Batter Up!  I would start each of them out by pitching or teeing up  a large beach ball; then move down to a rubber kick ball; then to a volley ball; then a soft ball; and finally to a baseball.  It may take a couple of practices and multiple shots at each ball, but eventually everyone gets their swing groove going and starts nailing each of the various sized balls.  I can guarantee there are few kids who cannot knock the dickens out of a beach ball (and giggle over it too), so you’d better have some spares because they’re not very durable.  All of these balls can also be spotted or held on to a tee if your players are in T-Ball too.  If your kids really rise to the occasion you can even move down to ping-pong sized balls to challenge the experts, but please don’t use golf balls because they really zip and could hurt somebody.


Well that’s the secret to helping your kids become better – or average – hitters.  Look for my next article on helping them to be great fielders! 


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Teaching Your Kids to Catch a Baseball

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girl baseball catchingSome kids just have a natural physical ability to play sports, specifically baseball or softball. The rest of us had to learn and practice, practice, practice. Personally I had the reflexes of a cat and was an aggressive and mean child growing up…perfect for playing Little League baseball.  As a follow up to my previous article on how to teach your kids to hit a baseball, here are some helpful tips for how to help them learn to catch a baseball…

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Ever since my child could talk, he’s had sports on his mind. How else do you explain the fact his first word (and the next 1,000 as well) was “ball?” As a doting parent, I had no choice but to accommodate his wishes. So I got him a basketball. And then a football. And then a baseball. And then a golf ball. And then a tennis ball. And then… You get the picture. As a result, I suspect...

Your Kids' Bedrooms -- Cool Themes Are Easier Than You Think!

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Kids' décor? Let's face it. We dads aren't Martha Stewart. We don't have craft parties, we don't sit around watching HGTV (at least so far as our wives know), and we don't know the first thing about color palettes.

But we do want our kids to have cool bedrooms. Why? Their bedrooms are their first "territory", the first flag they plant in the ground of independence. Having that bit of control can be the same feeling of sanctuary that we feel when we soak up that extra hour of sleep on a Sunday morning, or flip on that Chuck Norris movie as a guilty pleasure.

So, when your toddler proudly proclaims that he's a "big kid", here's how you can turn his baby's room into a cool big kid sanctuary -- all without losing your mind!

Teach Your Kids How to Ride a Wheelie

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BicycleThis article is going to share with you one of the keys to teaching your kids how to pull a great wheelie on their bicycle. Not one of those quickie almost flipped over, slammed it down, flopping around wheelies that any dufus with a bike can occasionally do by accident. You want them to learn how to ride a controlled and smooth wheelie down the street and around the corner while people stare. A wheelie so good that other guys want to be your kid.

Kids and Camping 2.0

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So, when we last talking "camping gear" I had left off with the "don'ts" or, more accurately, why the camping gear I had  (car camping gear that is) was not really suited for my more recent adventures in backcountry camping. My Coleman sleeping back and camp cookware have held up to 15 years of work and are very little worse for the wear and tear. That being said, they simply don't work for backpacking, let alone backpacking with kids. Any camping with kids is about creating a level of fun and safety (secondary to fun in their eyes). If the kids are burdened by too much gear, or if you spend all day setting up and tearing down camp, then the kids won't have a good time. This is Variation 1 on the old saying "if momma ain't happy, nobody's happy". A frustrated or bored kid will result in a frustrated and more frustrated dad and will end up only one way...no more camping. 

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