Baseball: Children Who Are Afraid of the Ball

Many children step out of the way when a pitch is coming in because they are afraid of the ball hitting them.  It is a common problem that all coaches face.  It is the coaches job to teach confidence and show the children that if you hit the ball it won’t hit them!!!!
Here are some suggestions to help:
  1. Have the child take a wide batting stance so their feet are more grounded and it is harder to step out.
  2. Possibly have the front foot closer to the plate then the back foot.  That way they are slightly leaning forward and will find it harder to move backward.
  3. Practice by putting a bat or board at the back of their feet. So they can tell when they are stepping out or away from the pitch.
  4. Build up the speed of the pitches gradually so that they fain confidence in front of the ball.
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Welcome to my blog. My name is Mike Hurley and I am from New Jersey, USA, where I am better known locally as 'Coach Mike'- a title I both earn and enjoy! I have over 15 years experience coaching local youth sports teams-in Baseball, Basketball and Football, and am a strong believer in the power and importance of amateur sports. The job of Coach is not always easy but it sure is rewarding-with and without the trophies! This blog is all about being a Coach - tips, advice, funny stories and hopefully the start of a goodwill amateur coaching community.