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Batter Up

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-Well, it's all ready for the kids now. -Baseball is a great American game. It teaches discipline, teamwork and the art of winning and losing. And it's also a great way to get your kids off the couch and out of doors. Here are some tips to help get your little ones started in baseball. Let's play ball. The kids that are on the field this afternoon are our youngest players age 5 and 6. They're participating in our youngest level known as Tee Ball. Tee Ball is a level where you try to get all our kids just to get a feel for the sport of baseball. For a lot of our players, their skills as far as hitting, fielding, throwing are not very well developed. -Okay. Here we go. -And that's one of our jobs is to have them develop those skills. -Hit that ball, brother. -Now, go, go, go. -When kids are starting out here in Tee Ball, it really doesn't matter whether they're skilled or not, whether they've been practicing with their parents or not. It really doesn't make that much difference because when they get on to this field in Tee Ball, everybody is pretty much equal. They're all going to get their chance to bat, they're all gonna get their chance to field, and they're all gonna have a chance to develop. And some players who never had a chance to participate at all before they came on to an organized field, whether working with their parents or not, they're gonna-- they're still gonna shine when they get into, you know, get into the higher levels. -[unk], so you're now going to aim it. Go. [unk]. -In our Tee Ball League, we use a much softer ball, it's a bouncy ball that's specifically designed not to hurt a player. It weighs about the same as a regular baseball and it's the same sized but it's not going to hurt somebody when it hit somebody. It will just bounce off. -Here. -Literally, baseball is a national organization. There are about 7,000 little leagues around the country, and there are also other organizations that do Tee Ball, depending on what town you're in. What you need to do if you wanna get involved is contact either look up a little league or contact your local parks and recreation department and find out who offers baseball. Sometimes, it'll be the town or the city and their parks and rec department. Other times it'll be an organization like us, an independent little league. -New York, most people think it's three months and then you're done but here's 24/7 everyday all year round. These guys are about 3-1/2 to 4 years old. -[unk] out of your head. Good job. [unk] drop. Very good. -They're probably on par for where they should be. -Hudson, how many laps are we doing the warm up? -One. -How about two? -No, five. -Let's do two. Two laps around the base. -No, five. -No passing each other. Make sure you step on the base. Okay, five. Go, go, go. Come on Dominic, come on. -I would come watch her class, watch the coaches. If the coaches look like they're enthuse, they're having a good time with it, I'm glad to put them in. And even if they're smiling at the end of the day, I'm sure they're gonna get the basics and get [unk] at that age. -I think they've learned to be social to listen to directions, to pick up skills that they need, not only to play the game but in life as well. -Who wants it back? -Me. I wanna hit. -Are you sure? -Yeah. -Two more. -They start by hitting the tee using plastic bats. I know all the professional players used tees, I still use tees. So, it's a great way to learn, practice your technique, get your swing down and then as they move to and get there, we like to push him as fast as we can into slow pitch with plastic balls and get him seeing the hand and eye coordination. -Circles. Ready position. Get there. Go. -Gloves, obviously optional for them to bring. We have gloves and ball here all the time. Most kids at this age love to get their own glove with that Aaron signature and that Judo signatures and we bring it sometimes as well. -All right. Let's go. [unk]. Okay. -Yeah. -It's just watching them smile, seeing their progress, feeling like I actually gave a little input for their lives and making them happy and get a ball play. -We love seeing as many kids as possible come into our baseball program because it teaches them some discipline, it teaches them fair play, you know, you learn how to win but you also learn how to lose. Both are-- you know, both are very important. We don't usually keep score at the tee ball level but as they go on in baseball, they're gonna learn those life lessons. They learn how to be part of a team, they learn how to work together with other kids and there are lessons that they can take and live with right throughout their lives. It's fantastic. -Go, Sally. -Thank you for watching Parents TV. Our families, our lives.