T-ball is a simplified form of baseball designed as a tool for children to develop the general skills and fundamentals while having fun. As a result, coaches must use specific techniques and drills to teach the proper mechanics. Batting tips for T-ball can improve an athlete’s enjoyment while providing a foundation for future baseball success.
Choosing the right bat is the first step for T-ball. Players usually require a short, lightweight bat. Test the size of the bat by having the player grip the handle with the dominant hand and hold it straight out from the body with the arm extended. Keep the arm straight and the bat level for as long as possible without letting it wobble or shake. Aim for holding it at least three seconds. Decrease the size and weight of the bat if the player can’t hold the bat motionless.
Proper swinging form will improve T-ball performance. Start with a proper stance in the batter’s box. The feet should be shoulder-width apart and the knees bent slightly. Grip the bat loosely with the knuckles aligned and the elbows hanging freely at the sides. Keep your eyes on the ball throughout the swing and initiate the swinging motion by pivoting the back foot to generate power through the hips. Throw the hands directly at the ball. Finish the swing with a follow-through and drop the bat before running to first base.
Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn practiced T-ball drills nearly every day during his professional career to improve swinging mechanics and hitting performance. For beginners, these same drills can be used. Use Wiffle balls and batting cages or nets during T-ball hitting drills. Having a coach or partner assist with placing the ball on the tee and coaching every swing can improve the effectiveness of the drills. Focus on proper mechanics during every swing, including the grip, stance, stride, swing and follow-through.
For T-ball athletes, practice is the most important component for batting. An organized practice can increase the number of batting repetitions during practice. Split the team into two to four small groups and assign a coach to each group. Keep the practice sessions focused and energetic by moving the players through various batting drills. Make sure every player receives as many high-quality swings as possible during each practice session.