It is always a challenge to come up with new t-ball practice drills. This is the first time many have played and they need step by step coaching for the basics. For those T-ball kids that are not catching the ball yet because they are scared that it will hit them try the Fear of the Ball drill. If you are working on foot work and catching try the Frisbee drill. Your kids will love them both and learn at the same time.
Fear of the Ball T-Ball Drill
Have two kids about 5 feet apart with their glove closed and up against their chest. Have one child throw either a baseball or a tennis ball to the other child. The other child then uses his glove to hit the ball to the ground. He then picks up the ball and throws it back to the first child. After this has been going for about 5-10 minutes, then have them do the same task, but with the glove open to cup the ball and direct the ball to the ground.
This will get them used to the ball hitting the glove and boost their confidence and soon they will lose their inability to catch the ball by overcoming their fear.
Frisbee T-Ball Drill
At the t-ball level I have found that switching to a Frisbee, to work on lateral foot work and catching works great.
1) Most if not all kids catch a Frisbee with 2 hands like an alligator.
2) Breaks up same old drills, adds variety, and keeps their attention.
3) They love it! Fun, Fun, Fun