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Baseball Strike


Physical: coordination, accuracy, shoulder range of motion, ability to twist upper body, reaction time?

Cognitive: visual perception, sustained attention, selective attention

Social: taking turns

Number of participants:

1 or more


  • baseball
  • bat
  • baseball stand (tee)


  1. child swings a bat to hit a baseball that is placed on a tee

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the task: have the child tap the ball with the bat (to focus on the feel of swinging the bat without hitting the ball) before hitting the ball to decrease cognitive demand

Change the environment: have the child practice the activity in a quiet space with fewer children around to decrease cognitive and social demand

Change the equipment:

  • use a bigger, lighter ball (i.e., beach ball) to decrease physical and cognitive demand
  • draw a dot on the ball to provide a visual cue of where to hit the ball to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the task: have the coach/ parent toss the ball for the child to hit to increase cognitive demand

Change the environment: place a marker for how far child should hit the ball off the tee to increase physical demand

Change the equipment: use a smaller ball to increase cognitive demand

Goal examples:

  • I will be able to strike the baseball, 8 out of 10 times
  • I can hit the ball off the tee