“[INSERT YOUR NAME HERE] steps to the plate. It’s the bottom of the ninth. Two down. The tying run is on first base. A home run would win the game. Here’s the pitch…..Swing and a long one! This ball’s got a chance. It’s high. It’s deep. It’s gone! A game-winning homer! I don’t believe what I just saw. Holy cow!”
You’ve been there. I know you have.
Every guy who grew up playing sports has pretended to hit the game winning homer. But have you ever pretended to make the game saving catch?
It’s just as exhilarating. Here, I’ll show you. Imagine that you’re playing center field in the biggest game of your life. Now get that play-by-play voice back in your head. Got it? OK…go!
“It’s the bottom of the ninth. Two down. The tying run is on first base. A home run would win the game. Here’s the pitch…..Swing and a long one! This ball’s got a chance. It’s high. It’s deep. It’s….caught! He caught it! The center fielder scaled the wall to make an unbelievable, game saving catch! I don’t believe what I just saw. Holy cow!”
Equal awesomeness, right?
That’s the idea behind a game I recently started playing with my boys. I call it “Home Run Robber.” They call it, fun!
It’s Super Easy
All you do is:
- Have your son stand near a fence (make sure it’s not a chain-link fence with a sharp top)
- Stand about 20-40 feet away and toss balls that will barely creep over the fence, if he doesn’t catch them or get a glove on them
That’s it. It may take a few tosses for you to get the distance down. But once you get it, you’ll find that you can get into a rhythm and make pretty consistent tosses right at the top of the fence.
(TIP: I use a soft/rubbery baseball. That way if they misjudge the ball or mistime their leap and the ball conks them in the head, it doesn’t hurt. :>) A tennis ball also works.)
:30 Second Highlight Reel
Watch this quick video I threw together that shows my 6-year old (Brayden) scaling the fence in our backyard to make some awesome game saving catches.
Why This Game Is Awesome
Home Run Robber is a great game to play with your son for many reasons.
- It’s FUN
- It teaches him how to go back on a fly ball
- It teaches him to focus on the ball, even when there’s a distraction (like a fence) near him
- It’s FUN
- It teaches him to squeeze his glove closed when the ball hits the pocket
- It emphasizes defense as an important (& fun) part of the game (defense is boring to some kids)
- It’s FUN
As you can see, the best reason to play this game is the fun factor. Sure it’s a great baseball drill for outfielders, and it helps kids learn how to catch a fly ball. But the most important thing is that it’s a fun game for you and your son to play together.
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Thanks for reading,