Wiffle Ball Baseball teaches pitching and
hitting skills and builds confidence
by Mike Schim
The game of wiffle ball is lots of fun, and teaches many skills
that are valuable in baseball and softball. Kids play it because
it's fun and can be played anywhere. You can play in your backyard,
in the street, in a field, on a baseball diamond, and even the
beach. The wiffle ball itself is lightweight and won't break
any windows, and won't hurt children if a pitch hits them. The
wiffle ball bat is lightweight and can be handled by children
of nearly any age.
Children that play wiffle ball are actually building their self-confidence.
As a pitcher, the wiffle ball will spin, curve, and wiggle in
almost any direction. As a hitter, a child gains confidence
in swinging the wiffle ball bat and hearing the crack of the
bat hitting the ball.
All of these confidence-building skills will help when the child
plays baseball or softball. You can find books and videos to
learn baseball and softball by playing: so play ball and enjoy
the game as you learn more and become better.
Wiffle-ball baseball pitching mechanics and technique: A pitcher
in the game of wiffle ball can throw the ball with spins and
curves, depending on the type of pitching grip. Holding the
ball differently will cause the ball to be a curveball, slider,
sinker, floater, fastball, or any other kind of pitch. Thanks
to the lightweight nature of the wiffle ball, a young player
can try different stances and pitching mechanics and techniques.
A pitcher can throw side-arm or overhead. The pitcher can even
switch and use their non-preferred throwing arm. A right-handed
pitcher could try pitching left-handed, and a left-handed pitcher
could choose to try being a right-handed pitcher. The simple
grip of the ball and the lightweight wiffle ball can allow this
Wiffle-ball baseball hitting mechanics and technique freedom:
A child who is up at bat with a wiffle ball bat can swing the
bat much faster that he/she could with a much heavier bat. This
new-found baseball swing freedom can increase a child's confidence
and boost batting mechanics and technique.
A right-handed baseball hitter could tryout a left-handed baseball
hitting stance. Or, a left-handed baseball hitter could tryout
a right-handed baseball hitting stance. A child could become
a switch hitter!
Baseball fielding mechanics and technique: The wiffle ball is
not only a tricky ball to hit, it is also very tricky to field.
When the wiffle ball is hit in the air, it can spin off the
bat and thus fly in a surprising fashion. Once the wiffle ball
hits the ground, it will react to any tiny tree branch or pebble
on the ground. These quick bounces and direction changes are
excellent for practicing fielding techniques for youth baseball
The child is required to keep their eye on the ball at all times,
and they must quickly react to any sudden change in direction.
The quick bounce of a wiffle ball hit on the ground will keep
a child light on their feet and give them lighting-fast hand
reflexes for fielding techniques.
Backyard baseball fun anytime: A game of wiffle ball builds
many skills and coordination for baseball players of all ages.
It's easy, it's fun, and it can be played anywhere!