Project Description

Physical Literacy | Baseball Batting

TIME: 20 Minutes

AGES: 5 -12

SKILL: Strike

Requirements

  • Open and flat outdoor space at least 25m by 40m
  • Store-bought plastic baseball bat and ball

Instructions

  1. Purchase a lightweight plastic baseball bat and ball from a toy store
  2. Find a large, open outdoor space free of trees and obstacles
  3. Toss the ball softly underhand to your child so they can practice hitting
    TIP: Make sure your child stands sideways. One foot should be closer to you than the other
    TIP: If your child is right-handed, they should have their left foot closer to you and left hand on the bottom of their grip
    TIP: If your child is left-handed, they should have their right foot closer to you and right hand on the bottom of their grip
    TIP: Toss the ball between their waist and their shoulders
    TIP: The ball should pass between 40-60 cm away from your child
    TIP: They should stand ready with the bat held behind them at shoulder height

Variations

  • As your child’s batting improves, increase the speed of your toss

Benefits

This activity develops hand-eye coordination and timing while using a bat (i.e., striking tool). These skills also transfer to striking with a racquet or stick