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One dozen (12) 2.5 oz light airflow rubber training balls used  for front toss, flips, batting tee training, or teaching a young player  how to catch. Airflow baseballs are limited distance baseballs, so take a  full swing and don't worry about chasing balls spread out all over the  field.        

 Tanner Rubber Practice Balls  are composed of a durable thermoplastic, molded into a ball just about  the size of regulation balls. Unlike weighted training baseballs, rubber  practice training balls have a hollow center and holes designed in the  “shell,” air passes through the ball during flight degrading the  distance it can travel. Soft baseball training balls are often referred to as limited  distance baseballs and can be used with a metal or wooden bat, at full  swing, in an indoor/outdoor practice environment, and provide training  value to hitters doing pregame pepper or BP by shortening the time it  takes to shag baseballs that would otherwise be scattered all over the  baseball diamond. Teams and players of any age can practice a slightly adapted version  of batting practice that still allows for full swings even when batting  practice with a leather cork-center ball is not possible. 

What are Soft training baseballs used for?

Tanner Soft Rubber Training Baseballs are best used when practicing front toss, flips, or tee work  (into a net or on the field). They are also a smart option for coaches  to use when teaching baseball to new players in tee ball. 

Great for Tee Ball Skill Building

Even though a regulation tee-ball is also by definition a soft rubber  baseball, tee balls can still be intimidating to a young tee baller  learning how to catch, throw and hit. Remember, tee balls do have a hard  composition even though they are softer than a baseball, and if/when a  little one is hit with an errant throw, a glove-hand miss or some other  accident occurs at practice, there could be an injury that we can avoid  by practicing with a soft rubber baseball product before moving to a  heavier ball.  Since the Tanner Soft Rubber Training baseballs are  lightweight coaches can focus on teaching throwing, catching, and  hitting skills and fundamentals before using a regulation size ball. 


I'm currently at that stage of teaching my four year old how to catch  and throw, while at the same time (sort of) teaching his two-year-old  brother the same. There are other options in the marketplace if you are  looking for a product that is softer than a tee-ball but still can be  thrown and caught like a foam ball. While foam does not break things in the house, it absorbs moisture  and can get ragged over time, especially with outside use. Soft rubber  baseballs maintain their shape and perform better in dirt and moisture.  Additionally, while the foam baseball product is good for safety and for  throwing short distances, soft rubber training baseballs are really the  ideal product to be used for indoor/outdoor baseball practice. Their  durability is long-lasting,  they are safe, and as limited distance  baseballs they are convenient too. 

Other Industry Names

To learn more, soft rubber practice baseballs can be found under  searches for Airflow Training Baseball, Limited Distance Baseball,  Indoor/Outdoor baseball training balls, and soft rubber training  baseballs.