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My 7 year old is afraid of the ball

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 by Anonymous

My 7 year old is playing coach pitch baseball this year. He is deathly afraid of the ball, especially hitting. What can I do to gradually get him to overcome his fear. He was fine in T Ball, but the ball wasn't moving.


June 29, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Frozen Ropes Staff says:

Soft-toss is the next step for the youngsters leaving T Ball. Kneel next to him and toss balls into the strike zone as he attempts to hit. Safety or tennis balls for batting practice are also helpful in gaining confidence in striding straight and keeping the young hitter's weight near the plate.

Check to make sure your son has a proper visual set-up in his swing, his head should be up and out and his front shoulder should stay away from the chin.
December 28, 2009 at 2:35 AM

Jon says:

Get a softy ball and hit with it. Ask him if it hurts, then ask him again letter if it still hurts. If you hit him enough times with the ball he will realize that the it doesn't hurt that much and the pain is only temporary. Now obviously dont drill the kid in the face or throw the ball as hard as you can. I did this with a kid on a L.L. team I coached he would bail out on any pitch that was close to him. I found out that he had never been hit by the ball while hitting so in b.p. i dotted him on his thigh he realized that it didn't hurt that much and he wound up having an excellent season, he just neede to get over that mental hurdle
June 17, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Evelyn says:

My son spent most of his first season of kid pitch without even swinging he was so afraid of the ball. I took him to the batting cages a couple of times to get him used to the moving ball and it helped.
May 4, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Russell says:

As i grew up my father purposly threw baseballs at me so i wouldn't be afraid. To this day weather the ball is on the ground or pitched to me i welcome the ball to hit me

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