Tee Sox (5-8yrs)


Tee Sox is about Discovery, Fun and Participation. It is a time our young chargers learn the Fundamentals skills of softball in a safe and supporting environment. Tee Sox represents simple and fair playing rules, rotation of positions and equal playing time. SNZ has developed a number of resources to promote and support the Tee Sox concept.

These environments and experiences will influence our ongoing choices to engage in physical activity and sport. Variety, enjoyment and skill development are crucial, along with a positive, supportive, empathetic, environment that enables us to learn and be challenged at our own individual pace.


FOCUS: Fun and participation Tee-Sox-763
TECHNICAL SKILLS: Fundamental softball skills:
  • Base running
  • Throwing
  • Catching with glove
  • Striking
  • Ground fielding
TACTICAL: Simple rules
  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Speed
  • Playing with others
  • Introduce fair play concepts
  • Encourage positive attitudes and the importance of making a good effort
  • Using imagination
  • Simple rules and ethics
  • Introduction to T- Ball
  • Rotate positions
  • Equal playing time
  • Use 11inch flexi ball
  • Up to 45 minutes
  • Modified equipment and activities
  • Appropriate skill progressions
  • High levels of activity
  • Positive environment
  • Emphasis on learning through play



Coaching Resources available to purchase from Softball New Zealand, all prices are GST inclusive. Postage extra.

T-ball-passport.jpg T-Ball Skills Passport Set - $10 per set

Resources to help the beginner or parent coach teach the basic fundamentals of the game for T-Ball age players (6-9 years). The set comes with a Coach Guidelines Booklet, 12 x Players Passport Booklets & Black & Gold Stickers to reward the child when a simple skills test is achieved correctly.

T-Ball Skills Primary & Intermediate School Resource Kit - $10 per set

A resource kit to help the teacher coach the basic skills of T-Ball Softball to primary & intermediate school children. The kit comes with a Coach Guidelines Booklet (how to teach the skill), Testing Guidelines (how to run the test), Test Chart Template (record when the test has been achieved), T-Ball Rules (play the game), T- Ball Certificate Template (award at the completion of the exercise).
  T-Ball Frequently Asked Questions

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rules Tee Sox & Rookie Sox Rules + Modified Games

This resource includes playing rules and modified games suited towards Tee Sox (5-8yrs) and Rookie Sox Sox (9-12yrs).
Games and rules have been provided to create a more consistent and suitable playing field across New Zealand for these key age groups. The rules are recommended for you to incorporate in your own leagues. 

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Foundation Coach - Stage 2, Phase 1

Phase 1 is about sharing your knowledge and experience, making softball fun and giving everyone a go.
The foundation coach will play an important role in making sure players learn to enjoy softball and other physical activities. Phase 1 is designed to help you as the coach get started in coaching. It covers basic yet important information to help the coach understand individuals and the team through the fundamentals.

t-ball-unit.jpg Coach T-Ball Unit - $10.00

For T-Ball Coaches, Parents or Teachers

The Coach T-Ball Unit is the first step on the Softball New Zealand Coach Pathway. The 1 hour practical unit is ideal for someone with little or no experience of coaching who wants to learn how to teach T-Ball to children. The unit provides information on basic coaching guidelines and skills and drills specifically for T-Ball.

Participants receive accreditation, a course booklet and certificate of recognition.

Phase 1 of the Softball New Zealand Coach Accreditation Programme is available online with additional modules to be added. To access the online format please register for a login and password by emailing SNZ.