how old is she? if she is young try this...
start by tossing a tennis ball to her at about 10 feet apart and by going glove side only. when she gets comfortable with that move to the backhand side and then on to straight at her.
You're gonna have to have a conversation with your daughter. If she really wants to play ball she must overcome this fear. Please be completely objective and make sure that SHE is the one wanting to play. If so, I agree with Skip, there are wiffle balls, nerf balls any soft-type ball that will help her gain her confidence back. Be real with her though, (of course taking her age into consideration) there may be many times ahead that she gets a ball in the shins, even right in the glove that will hurt. If she really wants to play; start with the close pitch and catch game using the soft balls roll them, underhand them, overhand and pop ups working your way farther and farther with each ball. Then work up to the actual softball...each time you change balls start again at a close distance. She will realize that if she uses the fundamentals she's learned, she'll be terrific. If she balks, then move to the place she IS comfie with and see if she will lead you farther. If she doesn't want to work at it...get her to at least finish a set of each ball at a very close distance and forget about it for a bit of time...re-introduce when she shows interest.
Side note. If she doesn't want to play ball, don't make her. But I would at least go through the process of making sure she's over the fear...otherwise not only will she learn to use a setback as an excuse but she'll quit everytime she doesn't do something well. That wouldn't be a life lesson I'd look forward to having to deal with forever.
I know exactly how you feel. We had the same problem and solved it with a training ball called SafeToss. It is a safety training ball designed for that exact reason! If you go to the website www.safetoss.com it will tell you all about it.
tell her that it happens and everybody gets hit- its part of the game... take her to the field and throw her woffle balls and baseballs and tennis balls inside and outside of the plate when she gets comfortable, throw her some balls really close to her body and she starts to duck, tell her not to be afraid and to keep her eye on the ball,and that it won't hit her if she knows were if is and were it is going.
As the others said, definitely remove the fear factor. Start off with balls she know won't hurt. Start off with throws/grounders she knows she can handle so that she can practice her skills correctly since she's not afraid. As she gets more and more confident in her ability to stop any ball (or to effectively move if it takes a bad hop) you can start challenging her more, but it's important to go slow and it will take time.
there is only one thing you could do before every game and that is pray to god that you will not get hit and then you probably wont get hit the ball again and I fill bad for you when you got hit so bye and have a god blessed day.
Buy a couple of soft balls. Like tennis balls, foam balls any soft ball she is comfortable with. Then from about 15ft toss the balls around her and let some hit her. It will let her know that if she thinks she is going to get hit with the balls tell her to make an attempt to get out of the way but if she gets hit she will be alright. Before every game tell her that everything will be fine and to enjoy the game and have FUN! Good Luck!
you need to tell it happens to every one and that it is part of the game i am kwon as the ball magent because every time i am in a game or not i get hit and i have been playing scince i was 4 and i am a 11 now and in travel softball still playing because i know it is part of the game
I went through a simaler experence but i dislocated my knee cap and i didnt like to play bases after that. what i did is i had mo coach stat after practice and help me to not be afraid of them. he though i was doing well so he played me at first. with her you should start out light with like a paper ball and just throw it at her and when she gets better at that just start to use harder object then go to a softball and bat and softly hit them to her so she can get used to them again.
I get pegged all the time. When I was in little league I got hit and was always afraid after that. My parents and coaches just told me that if I get my glove up it wont hit me. Or when im up to bat I still get a little shakin up cuz pitchers just seem to like to hit me and pitch inside but I just have to know that its a possibility that I can get hit but its up to your daughter to make that desicion to not be scared any more. I believe there is no way to train her out of that. Just gotta make that desicion her self.
I broke my arm as a goalie and wen i go into goalie i get nervous but since i love the game so much! i just play for the fun..if ur athletic ur bound to have a scare or two that just happens to evryone!:)
My sister had the same prob. You can say like I'll give you a present if you catch so many balls(I mean you pick the a mount)then get a tennis ball you roll it on the ground so she can get used to a ball coming her way.then bounce it to her.then go on until shes back to the way she was before the incident.
dont throw it, tell her "eat da ball. You will feel like a million clams at da buttom of da sea." THEN and only then throw da ball. TARGET: Her mouth:D Be good at throwing.....buttttttttttt dont hert her mun!
I know im sorry, u SHOULD start 2 throw with squishy balls and then when she starts to get the hang of it, throw harder balls be careful when u throw because if u throw when shes not looking, shell get hit AGAIN! sorry for those answers