Fielding and Batting Fundamentals at the Tee Ball Level

Aaron Jack, a resident of Wichita, Kansas, currently serves as president of Genius Diversified Holdings, LLC, in Overland Park, Kansas. Outside of his work at the advisory firm, Aaron Jack enjoys spending time with his family. He currently coaches his daughters’ tee ball and soccer teams.

Coaching tee ball requires a unique set of skills, as coaches are expected to provide players with baseball fundamentals while also managing the safety and overall behavior of a large group of 4 to 6 year olds. To achieve both goals, coaches should ensure that lessons and drills are extremely focused. For example, fielding drills should simply emphasize each player keeping their eyes on the ball at all times. As the ball moves into the glove, players should be instructed to trap the ball with their free hand.

Batting drills should stay equally succinct. After the tee is adjusted so that the ball sits at the player’s waist, the coach should assist each player in assuming a proper stance, which includes slightly bent knees with feet shoulder-width apart. As players grow comfortable in their stances, coaches can begin to work on their grip and the small, lead-foot step that should be taken as the player swings.


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