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Tee Ball Pant Sizes - Updated as of September 2016

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We have had several questions on TBall pants sizes. 

Style Size Waist Inseam
Pull Up Pants: XX-Small 17-19" 15"
Pull Up Pants: X-Small 19-21" 16"
Pull Up Pants: Small 21-23" 17"
Pull Up Pants: Medium 23-25" 18"
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Lightweight Pants: X-Small 19-21" 19"
Lightweight Pants: Small 21-23 20"
Lightweight Pants: Medium 23-25" 22"
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Relaxed Fit Pants: X-Small 20-22" 24"

Teach Youth to Catch a Baseball… with Two Hands

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When our athletes’ baseball careers begin in the tee ball years, it is vital that we build a foundation of basic skills that will lead to future success and an increased love of the game. 

Just like the assistance a batting tee provides to young hitters, we can also provide them help as they learn to field and catch the ball. It is important to understand that at the ages of 6-8 years old, the tee ball years, the human development element is vastly in play and makes even the most basic skills difficult to learn for some. As you prepare to teach youth to catch a baseball, there is something that must be taken into consideration.

According to BaseballPositive.com, science has shown that youth between the ages below 7 or 8 do not have the “capability to coordinate both eyes.” How this effects baseball play is in a child’s ability to perceive distance and speed due to the lack of depth perception. This “binocular vision” will limit the player’s ability to track and catch a flying baseball. So, we, as coaches, need to begin the training of our players to develop these skills before expecting proficiency in catching.

To accomplish this, consider simplifying drills that will increase our athlete’s ability to track the ball and improve their hand-eye coordination to where catching the ball becomes more natural. Build up their natural deficiencies before advancing them onto more difficult tasks. Here are some considerations you can put into play as you begin a new season with first-time players and those needing improvement on the basic skills.

Start Soft… Then Progress

It is important to put yourself in your player’s shoes as they take the practice...

Tee Ball Pant Sizes Available NOW!

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Looking for the right tee ball pants for this season?

We Have what you need. 

Let us help you find the correct size.

Style Size Waist Inseam
Pull Up T-Ball Pants: XX-Small 17-19" 15"
Pull Up T-Ball Pants: X-Small 19-21" 16"
Pull Up T-Ball Pants: Small 21-23" 17"
Pull Up T-Ball Pants: Medium 23-25" 18"
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Lightweight Game Pants: X-Small 19-21" 19"
Lightweight Game Pants: Small 21-23 20"
Lightweight Game Pants: Medium 23-25" 22"
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Relaxed Fit Baseball Pants: X-Small 20-22" 24"
Relaxed Fit Baseball Pants: Small 22-24" 25"
Relaxed Fit Baseball Pants: Medium 24-26" 26"

 

Please Note: Pull Up TBall pants have a drawstring in them for tightening.

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Tee Ball Season Coaching Tips

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Tee Ball season will be here before you know it. Being prepared for the upcoming tee ball season will increase the likelihood of a successful and positive baseball experience for the coaches and the players. To help you prepare for the season ahead, we've prepared a quick list of items to help you get ready for your youth tee ball season.

 

Rules of the Game

The first thing to do is get yourself acquainted with the rules of the game of baseball. Many new and experienced coaches take this for granted, only to find out they've made a wrong assumption. So, before the baseball season starts, study the rules.

Every league will have their own unique set of rules that will be followed during league play. Make sure that you reach out to the league and get the latest copy as soon as it is available. We have attached the Rules and Regulations for the East Marietta National Little League as an example. Click here to view.

 

Get to know the League Commissioner

This is your advocate for gaining insight to activities, training, and camps during the year. The baseball league may also provide you with support and guidance during the year regarding practice tips, league rules, and general information regarding baseball. 

 

Build Your Coaching Staff

I recommend having at least four committed coaches. There are many aspects of tee ball that needs to be taught, including hitting, throwing, catching, pitching, fielding, and base running.  Also, at this age, the attention span for younger players is minimal at best.  Keeping the groups small and moving from drill to drill is important. Having enough coaches to assist with keeping the players moving and learning each skill is critical. 

Prepare with Detailed Youth Baseball Practice Plans and Drills.

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2T and 3T Toddler TBall pants are hard to find.

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 I'm sorry we do not offer the 2T or 3T Toddler pants at this time.  We have been working with our supplier to stock them. Please check back soon.

 

Throwing Drill - One-Knee Throwing Drill

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One-Knee Throwing Drill 

Purpose of the drill: Increase upper body strength and coordination.

Set up the drill: Arrange players in pairs, all players taking a seated position by putting their left knees down (if they are right-handed) or right knees down (if they are left-handed), with corresponding shin on the ground. The other knee is up, foot flat on the ground (this position is known as runner’s stretch.)

Description: Players catch back and forth while coach circles and makes posture correction. Catching players keep gloves up to give throwing players a visible target

How Do I Keep My Tee Ball Practice Fun & Keep the Kids Focused?

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How do I keep the practice fun and interesting, while keeping the kids focused?

The best way to keep kids interested and having fun, is to keep the kids moving and active.  When running drills, keep the lines small, so the kids aren’t standing around.   Getting parents and assistant coaches involved is a great way to run baseball drills at multiple stations simultaneously .  Keep the discussions with the kids to a minimum.  Being prepared and organized with a game plan that includes stretches, drills, and game situation practice is key when coaching baseball.  This will allow you to move from drill to drill, with minimal time in between.  The kids will enjoy a fast moving practice that is organized and full of fun drills and instruction. 

How do you keep it fun?  Share you comments, and tips for other coaches.

T-Ball Tips: How To Choose A Tee Ball Bat

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Choosing a T Ball Bat

Proper bat size and weight is very important when choosing a t ball bat.  Many parents often grab the first youth bat they see, just to find out later it's too long, too heavy, and not the right bat for their young baseball player. We all want our t ball player to be a good hitter and succeed.  This is the #1 reason why we should choose the correct bat.  

Bats have different lengths, weights, as well as different barrell types.  The players height will typically dictate the length of the bat.  And the weight and strength of the player will help determine the weight of bat.  T ball bats start at 24 inches long and may be as long as 28 inches.  The majority of tball players should use A 25 or 26 bat.  The weight of the bat starts as low as 13 oz and will be as heavy as 18 oz.   The majority should use a bat that is 15 or 16 oz.

The DROP is the differnece between the bat length and bat weight.   Although there is no standard size the most common is a (-10).  We recommend staring with the (-10) when choosing your bat.  The chart below provides the bat length based on the weight and height of your player.   The other factor when determining the size is the strength of the player.  If you have a player that is taller than others but is not stronger than others you may chose to get a t bat that is longer but lighter, 28 inch bat, 15 oz, (-13 drop). The same works for shorter or a standard kids that are stronger than others.  You may chose to get a bat that...

T-Ball Drills: Base Running Drill For Kids

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Tee Ball Base Running Drills

 

Set-up:  Form one line behind home plate. Players will be running from home to 1st as if they had hit the ball. This running drill includes three different drills built into one.  This is a great drill to teach young players the fundamentals of base running, base tagging, running hard, and sliding into bases.  

 

Base Running Drill – Part #1 – Safe at First Base

 

On coaches call player will run at full speed toward first base.  They will run through first base attempting to beat a throw. The players should run through the bag stepping on the outside half of the bag to avoid a first baseman, and then veer to the right to stay outside the foul ball line.  After they have run through the base the players will form a new line facing second base.

 

Base Running Drill – Part #2 - Sliding into Second Base

 

Now that each player has run through 1st base and is now facing 2nd base.  The players one by one will run toward 2nd base with attempt to beat the throw.  Each player is instructed to slide using proper technique into second base.  The player should focus on when to slide and then focus on staying on the base after the slide.  Coach can call player out or safe depending upon their technique and success at sliding.  Once all players have slid into second base, they should form a new line facing 3rd base.  

 

Base Running Drill – Part #3 – Making the turn toward Home plate

 

Each player one by one will run at full speed toward third base. The player will create the proper angle to be able to touch third while turning the...

T Ball Throwing Drill: Kids Throwing to Coaches

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Throwing Drill #2 –Kids Throwing to Coaches

  • Get a bucket of ten balls and have the player stand with the bucket.
  • Start at 10 feet away and have the players throw all tens balls to the coach. The coach should reinforce the proper technique during this drill. The goal is to get the player to throw a straight ball toward the coach.
  • In order of importance. Technique, on target versus left or right, straight versus lobbed. Eyes on target is very important.
  • Extend the distance based on skill level.

How To Teach a Young Kid to Throw A Baseball

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It is important that young baseball players that are just starting learn the fundamentals of baseball.  One of the most basic fundamentals in T Ball is throwing the ball.  Teaching the proper throwing motion is key to teaching kids how to play baseball.

  • Players start by facing the target.
  • The foot of the glove hand should be closer to the target with the foot of the throwing hand back in the stance.
  • Reach back with the throwing-hand with elbow bent;hand up; and wrist straight.
  • Glove hand should be in front of the body (and move forward around the body as the ball is thrown).
  • Once in position to throw the ball, the glove-hand foot should take a step toward the target and the back foot should pivot.
  • Release the ball at the point the arm reaches extended point.
  • After release, the body should bend forward, with the throwing arm following through to the outside of the glove hand knee. The back foot should step forward as the throw is complete leaving players square to the target.
  • It is real important that the player sees the target, gets into proper throwing position, makes the throw toward the target while still keeping eyes on target, then continues with follow through.

TBall Fielding Drills: Alligator Drill

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Alligator Drill

  • Roll the baseball ball to the kids and have them make an alligator mouth out of their arms.
  • Bottom arm with glove is the jaw and the top arm without glove is the head.
  • When the ball rolls into their baseball glove, have them act like the alligator is biting or eating the ball.
  • Both arms come together.

Coaching Youth Tee Ball Has Never Been Easier

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Those who need a helping hand in coaching tee ball can find the help they need with Youth T-Ball Plans. Youth T-Ball Plans has youth drills, coach's boards, pop-up goals, base sets, batting tees, t-ball glove, helmet, and an 8 foot portable batting screen. There is plenty to choose from to handle all of your youth tee ball needs when you visit the website at www.tballplans.com. Coaching tee ball will become more fun to coach, and will provide you with all the help you need.  We also have several more youth sports drills and plans at www.ProSportsPlans.com

Coaching Tee Ball? Keep it Fun!

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Teaching young kids tee ball drills requires a special touch. You have to make it fun and beneficial all at once, which can be tricky. Luckily tee ball drills are designed for the very purpose of teaching baseball fundamentals to kids ages four to eight. These drills help with developing each child's primary skills of hitting, running, fielding & throwing. And you'll have a ball coaching on the pitch, too, which makes the whole situation more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Moving from Tee Ball to Youth Baseball

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Congratulations! You've successfully taught a youngster or group of youngsters to hit the ball on a stand with a bat and run, or as the rest of the world knows it – play tee ball. T-ball is an important step in teaching any child how to play baseball, or teaching them the basics of hand-eye coordination. You're next step is to steal away the t-ball stand and graduate that child to playing actual baseball. This transition can be a tricky one, and depending on the age and attitude of the child, they might not embrace it that quickly. But have no fear, here are some helpful steps to teach your child how to ditch the stand and knock that ball out of the park (or at least past home plate).

1. Have them hit the tee ball with their eyes closed.
Sounds tricky, but if you can get that t-baller to look at the ball, close his/her eyes and then hit it, it teaches them to trust their instincts and improves their motor skills greatly.

2. Measure the height of the t-ball stand with your eyes and pitch them the ball to the exact same spot.
If they can hit the t-ball then there is no reason why they can't hit the baseball if its pitched to the same place where the t-ball sits.

3. Always start off pitching them the ball underhanded.
Overhand pitches can be intimidating, and since the ball actually moves slower during an underhand pitch it allows the child more time to react and hit the ball.

4. Switch off between tee ball and baseball.
The transition between these two sports can be gradual to help the player get comfortable to baseball.

5. Keep encouraging them...

How High Should the Batting Tee Be?

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Most batting tees are adjustable to fit various tee ball players’ heights. Just because the tee ball stand adjusts, doesn’t mean we always know what to height adjust it too. I’ve seen coaches adjust the tee higher so players hit up on the ball. Others lower the tee, forcing the players to hit down on the ball. Some coaches alter the tee up or down to help the batter make better contact. Depending on your situation any of these techniques may work for you and your batters. 

If your intent is to teach baseball, which includes a proper batting swing, then be sure to adjust the batting tee to the level that teaches the best swing. The ideal t-ball level that teaches the proper swing is just above belt level. The tee ball tee should be adjusted to the player, so the top of the tee ball tee is level with the top of the belt. With the proper stance, weight transfer, back foot pivot (squish the bug) and a level swing, the batting tee at belt height helps build a foundation for proper swinging mechanics and development. 

You can consider making minor adjusts up or down to assist batters who are struggling make contact with the ball. Once contact is made consistently start moving the tee back toward belt height. Give this a try at your next tee ball batting practice.

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T Ball Season Coaching Tips

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Tee Ball season is just around the corner. Being prepared for the upcoming tee ball season will increase your chances of a successful and positive baseball experience for the players. We've prepared a quick list of items to help coaches get ready for their youth tee ball season.

The first thing to do is get yourself acquainted with the rules of the game of baseball. Many new and experienced coaches take this for granted just to find out they've made a wrong assumption. So before the baseball season starts, study the rules.

Get to know the league commissioner. This is your advocate for gaininginsight to activities, training, and camps during the year. The baseball league may also provide you with support and guidance during the year regarding practice tips, league rules, and general information regarding baseball. 

Round up your coaching staff. I recommend having at least four committed coaches. There are many aspects of t ball that needs to be taught including hitting, throwing, catching, pitching, fielding, and base running.  Also at this age the attention span for younger players is minimal at best.  Keeping the groups small and moving from drill station to drill station is important. Having enough coaches to assist with keeping the players moving and learning each skill is critical.  

Prepare yourself with detailed youth baseball practice plans and drills.Preparing yourself with practice plans and baseball drills will keep your team moving from drill to drill. Coaches have limited time with players so being efficient and organized will go a long way.  

Secure your practice field. You will need an adequate practice field. Younger players can typically get away with practicing in an open field.  You will need an infield with bases, and an outfield that can is just big enough to hold the players.  Your league...

Welcome To Our New Website

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Tee Ball practice plans and drills has been designed to provide coaches great information and equipment for coaching tee ball. Our tee ball program provides easy to use and teach drills, practice plans, and fundamentals.  The team store provides baseball equipment for youth baseball and t ball.   Our blog will be updated weekly with new acticles and topics about coaching t ball and youth sports.  Youth Sports Plans has a variety of websites designed to teach and assist coaches coaching youth sports. We hope you find our site helpful.

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