How To Catch a Fly Ball
How do you catch a fly ball? Not so difficult you might say. But for kids it seems like the hardest thing to do. They easily get discouraged and frustrated.
Here are some great tips that will really help teach your kids how to catch a fly ball.
Start in the home. Roll up a pair of socks and have a short toss with your child. Practice this for some time before going to the field and doing it. This helps develop the eye to hand coordination needed to catch a fly ball and can limit the discouragement factor. When tossing the socks, instruct your child to use their glove hand and squeeze the socks when they catch it. This is a great tip - it will make for an easier transition when you go outdoors.
Don't use a hard ball. The last thing you want is for your child to be afraid of the ball. Use a wiffle ball, rubber ball or even the soft baseballs used in the youth baseball leagues. If they miss it and get hit so they be so intimidated.As they become more proficient you can introduce the baseball.
Use a glove that fits. If you have any doubts ask the coach or the expert at your local sports center.
Be supportive: It can be difficult at times not to get frustrated but keep your cool. Also, if you see your child getting too frustrated call it a day. Bring them inside and share a drink, cookie or something to distract them the frustration. Give some encouraging words and share your experiences when you were learning to catch a fly ball. I know it sounds corny but the kids can relate it their experience. It also helps distract them from the frustration.
Make it Fun! Count how many times in a row they catch it. Get creative!
Now here are the steps to catch a fly ball:
- Start with the legs shoulder length apart. The glove hand should be positioned as if you were waving to someone. Use this technique for all balls that are above the waist. If the ball is below the waist reverse the glove hand position.
- Keep your eye on the ball at all times. Don't blink when the ball hits the glove.
- Always keep the glove away from the front of the face. You want to avoid obstructing the view of the ball.
- Get in position to catch the ball. Try to catch it in the middle of your body whenever possible
- Don't stab at the ball with the glove. Let the ball "fall" into it.
- Always squeeze the ball when it enters the glove.
- Cover the glove with the throwing hand. This serves to protect the ball from falling out of the glove and prepares you for the transfer of the ball to the throwing hand.
- Be ready to throw the ball immediately after catching it.
These steps may seem rudimentary but are proven techniques to catching a fly ball.