How to Teach Kids to Throw a Baseball
Learning how to throw the ball correctly is the most basic of baseball skills. Proper throwing technique can add distance and power to throws and help avoid injury as a child’s arm grows and develops. Teaching a child the proper grip and arm motion from the beginning will improve his ability and make the game even more enjoyable.
Instruct the player to place his index and middle finger across the horizontal seam of the ball. The thumb should be tucked underneath. Have him hold the ball out closer to the fingertips rather than in the palm to increase velocity.
Demonstrate how to cock your wrist back at the top of the throwing motion. Hold the forearm of your throwing arm with your nonthrowing hand to keep it stable and practice throwing using just the fingers and wrist.
Ask the child to point the lead shoulder of the nonthrowing arm at the target before delivering the throw, to keep the front foot perpendicular to the target and to push off the back foot to add power.
Instruct the player to create a circular motion with the arm when making a throw. Bring the hand down by the thigh and up around the shoulder in a circle for proper arm motion, QCBaseball.com states. Avoid bringing the hand up first as it goes back.
Set up a drill where two players go down to one knee, the same knee as their throwing arm, about 10 yards away from each other. Tell them to practice the correct, circular throwing motion for a specified amount of time. Monitor progress and have them move back five yards if they seem ready by the strength of their throws.
Younger players may need to use three fingers instead of two to grip the ball.
Have fielders throw the ball into their glove and practice grabbing the ball quickly with the proper grip.
If your kid is getting frustrated, keep your cool. Stay calm and repeat the instructions as many times as needed; maybe in clearer language.
- Younger players may need to use three fingers instead of two to grip the ball.
- Have fielders throw the ball into their glove and practice grabbing the ball quickly with the proper grip.
- If your kid is getting frustrated, keep your cool. Stay calm and repeat the instructions as many times as needed; maybe in clearer language.
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