Welcome to Baseball.
This section is for coaches and players new to baseball, and for those who may know the game but not how to teach at the youngest levels.
Richard Todd (WebBall's founder) likes to tell the story of walking onto the field for the first time with his 6 year old in tow, carrying a softball - had no idea kids that young would be playing real baseball.
Forward 2 years and dad is now watching his son face live pitching for the first time off someone his own age. First pitch straight across the knuckles... 7 of 8 burst out bleeding. Much crying, and the son was suffering, too. Welcome to baseball indeed!
We hope your first experience is more fun.
And that it continues to be fun for many years. But we do know you'll face your share of surprises along the way - that's just the nature of the game. (For the record: both father & son have stayed in baseball ever since.)
To help you get there, and enjoy the journey, we offer the following...
The earlier players learn how to do things the right way, the better it will be as they progress from year to year. But you must remember that the skill set and cognitive ability both must grow in pace with their size. Be patient, don't expect too much too soon.
All the drills listed under Team Drills can teach ball handling ofr sharpen defense, but some of the might be hard to grasp at younger ages. The list here is a subset - the drills we have found over time which seem to be easy enough to teach and do at all ages.
These pages are for anxious parents and zealous coaches (because your kids already know this)... baseball is just a game! So when the competition gets too fierce, we offer these insights and ideas from coaches and others who have travelled this road before you.
In addition to set pages, new coaches and the parents of new players have - or should have - lots of questions. This section covers general knowledge. More detailed/advanced answers can be found within the coaching, playing, training sections.
When you consider getting more information for yourself or training aids to use with your team, rule #1 is "don't get ahead of yourself". The biggest mistake new coaches can make is choosing products too advanced for the players. You want to help them, not discourage them. If you're not sure if something you see - on WebBall or anywhere - is truly appropriate for your age group, please contact us before you order.