T-Ball Drill: Stop The Ball Goalie Drill
This drill is from Marty Schupak's newest t-ball book:
T-Ball Drills: For Ages 4-7
Available January 1st, 2020
Stop The Ball Goalie Fielding Drill
Goal: Teaching players to move their feet on ground balls.
Equipment: Cones and a bucket of balls and gloves.
Time: 5-10 minutes.
This is a drill kids love. Parents and coaches can use this drill in a team practice situation or at one’s home. It is so important that young kids even as young as tee ballers learn the concept of trying to keep the ball in front of them. This combined with the concept of moving their feet will become beneficial habits once they get older.
Two cones are set up 10 to 15 feet apart depending on the age and ability of the players.
One player will stand between the two cones.
Coaches should have a player backing up. Either the player that just went or the players that is going next.
The coach will throw ground balls between the cones, and the player will try to stop the ball with his glove. The object it to keep the ball in front of him. This is similar to a hockey goalie stopping a puck.
Coaches can use a time limit or a predetermined number of balls.
For t-ballers it is encouraged to use bigger balls at first.