Is Kids Tee Ball the Best "First Sport" for Your Kids?

Both of my boys loved playing kids tee ball, of course girls like playing tee ball as well. This is a great way to get your kids involved and introduced to sports at a young age.

Should kids play tee ball before baseball?

I think it is a good idea for kids to play tee ball before baseball.

It will all depend on how well your child adapts to the sport. 

Playing kids tee ball allows your child to learn the basic rules of the game in order to play kids baseball.

Just like flag football allows your child to learn the basics for tackle football.

It certainly never hurts to start them with tee ball, because you can always move them to baseball later.

Tee ball is not an aggressive sport, so it is very easy for young children who are just starting to play sports. It is also another one of the most popular games for kids to play outside.

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At What Age Do Kids Play Tee Ball?

Kids can start playing tee ball as early as 3 years old. Tee ball rules are very simple at this age, and they usually do not keep score.

It is all about the kids having fun and learning at the same time.

Usually when the kids hit the age of 6, they move on to kids baseball.

Where Do You Find a Tee Ball League?

You can find a tee ball league in your area by checking out your local YMCA, your local recreation center or by searching Google in the box below for a tee ball league in your city and state

Example "Tee Ball Franklin TN":

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What Equipment Do You Need To Play Tee Ball?

Tee Ball Equipmenttype in "tee ball" in their keyword search at the top left.

Here is a general list of what equipment is used on a tee ball team:

  • Tee ball catching glove (right or left handed and between 9 and 9 1/2 inches long)
  • Tee ball bat (between 25 and 27 inches long with a diameter of a little over 2 inches)
  • Tee ball helmet (batting helmet size 5/6)
  • Tee ball (this ball is softer than a baseball)
  • Tee ball batting tee (these are adjustable in height)

Below are "optional" things you can have on hand for tee ball:

  • Tee ball pants (baseball pants)
  • Tee ball batting glove (baseball batting glove)
  • Tee ball cleats (baseball or soccer cleats both work fine)

Note about tee ball cleats:

You may have a hard time finding cleats that are specifically called "tee ball cleats", that is because there is no difference from tee ball cleats and youth baseball cleats.

It is also not necessary to buy tee ball cleats for children 4 years old or younger, but you can if you want your child to have the full baseball effect.

My kids did feel a little more special when they got to wear their own tee ball cleats.

Just make sure they are careful with them around other kids on the team.

How Do You Play Kids Tee Ball?

What is the parent's role in kids tee ball?

In a kids tee ball game, usually one parent of each child will need to be on the field with their kids during the game.

They are so young and are just learning how to play, so they will need guidance with each position.

How is a typical tee ball game played?

The rules of kids tee ball are basic...

The tee ball positions are the same as regular baseball positions except the tee ball players are just not as actively involved as the baseball players.

When I say "not as actively involved", I just mean that you have a pitcher position in kids tee ball, but that player does not actually pitch.

This applies for all the other positions as well. At this point they are just trying to hit the ball with at bat, and the outfielders are trying their best to get an out.

As soon as the batter hits the ball, the outfielders try to get the baseball to first base before the batter gets there. Even if they can do this, the batter is not ruled out.

Again, tee ball is all about learning the rules. There are no outs called in the entire game.

Every batter per team gets to hit the ball off the tee during one inning, and each player will advance one base at a time. The last batter gets to run all the bases at once right behind the other players.

The tee ball field positions are:

  • First base
  • Second Base
  • Third Base
  • Shortstop
  • Pitcher
  • Catcher
  • Outfielders (could be five or more in tee ball)

Since everyone on the team plays in the outfield each inning, it is not limited to a right, left, and center fielder only.

Usually the coach will allow every player to try playing each tee ball position by switching them around every inning.

This allows the kids to learn how to play all the tee ball positions, since each one is a little different.

Why Should Kids Play Tee Ball?

Whatever equipment you end up buying for your kids tee ball games, it is really all about them getting out there and having fun!

Tee ball provides the most basic exposure for young kids to sports with a minimal chance of them getting hurt, and they have fun doing it!

It is really fun for the parents to watch their little kids swinging at the ball and seeing the look on their little faces when they hit that ball into the field.

When you see the look that says, “I did it!”, you know that it has boosted their self-esteem.

The earlier you can boost a little kid’s self-esteem the better. They are like little sponges at this young age, so you want to feed them with very positive emotions as often as possible.

Since tee ball has proven to be a great way to easily transition your child into playing standard baseball or softball, it is really all about the kids learning how to play.

Both boys and girls are encouraged to play tee ball for a good fundamental start in sports.

I would highly recommend your child at least giving tee ball a try as one of their first team sports to play.

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