I am a third year Manager of Training School (T-Ball) age kids and now I am managing 7-8 year olds. I played baseball until I was 22 and was kind of a natural at a young age. I never had any fear issues with baseballs.
My 7 year old son is in his third year of ball and in not very coordinated and also has a short attention span (don't they all).
My problem is that he has problems catching the ball. I observe the following:
1. 75% of the time he does not move or track the ball with his glove. If the ball is slightly away from his body (which I try to do intentionally so he doesn't catch one in the face) he lets the ball fly right past him.
2. If the ball is coming at him, he flinches, backs away from the ball and/or turns his head as the ball is coming at him.
I have had him lay on his back and drop balls at him to catch the ball (moderate success), I have gotten really close to him and underhanded tossed to him, used Incrediballs, and he can do ok.
But at 30 feet distances and beyond, he has the above issues.
Do you have any suggestions as to how best to correct or train from the tracking and fear issues?