Activities for a Home Run of Baseball Party

Put me in coach…I’m ready to play!  You’ll score a home run with this baseball party.
• Purchase an inexpensive t-shirt and baseball cap for each guest from a discount store (Wal-Mart carries them for approximately $2.00-3.00/top, and $1.00-2.00 per cap). On the back of each jersey write the guest’s last name and add large numbers using fabric paint.  The kids can decorate the hats if you have extra time at the party.  Let the kids suit up, and then take lots of pictures of your child’s “team”…the kids will love it!
• Balls, bats and mitts are the most critical element for a baseball party!  Baseball favor packs contain both Official Size/Weight Baseballs, and Baseball shaped Kick balls.  If the party is being held in a gym or backyard, add a pitcher’s mound, bases and home plate.  Plan time for the kids to play as they choose.  They will enjoy this as much as anything you might organize.
• Using a metal whistle and orange cheer phones (as sport cones) run some organized baseball drills or create a few fun “Skill-Seeking” games.
• If your party will be held outdoors, prior to the party blow up approximately 3-4 water-filled balloons (5”) per child.  Have the kids play a traditional water balloon toss game, instructing them to try to master their pitching skills!
• Divide the guests into two equal teams for a Home Run relay. Create two starting lines with masking tape, and place two bases about 15-20 yards away. Line the teams up with the uniforms at the starting line. At the sound of the whistle, the first player on each team quickly dresses up, runs the course, and then returns the uniform to the next player. The first team to have all of its players complete the course wins. A batting helmet, oversized baseball jersey, men’s sized cleats or cross-trainers, and a bat for each team will lead to some homerun fun!
• Divide the party guests into two equal groups.  About 25 yards away, place mounds of inflated balloons by two orange cheer phones. These balloons should be over-inflated to make popping easier. At the sound of a whistle the first two relay contestants, one from each team, run to the cones and remove one balloon.  Each must sit on a balloon until it pops. Once the balloon pops, the players run back to the starting line, and tag the next player in line. The first team to complete the course wins.  Not a quiet game…but a guaranteed favorite!
• Set the stage for “Game 7 of the Birthday Series” complete with dazzling player introductions, pumped up music, and play-by-play commentary.  Moms and dads can be invited back to the party early to root, root, root for the home team, and to witness this spectacle.  You’ll definitely want the video camera running!
• All the finest sporting venues have a gimmick for introducing the starting lineup!  Start with our budget priced solid color flat paper, which comes in 4’ X 50’ rolls.  Prior to the party, cut the paper into 6’ sections.  Using poster paint, write each child’s name, nickname and number in large print on the paper.  Have an adult helper hold each end of the paper at the start of the game, and let each player crash through the paper as his/her name is announced.  If the children are younger, you may want to perforate the center of the paper with a pin or small nail before the party to make the big entry easier.
• A Karaoke Machine is the perfect tool for a sports commentator to call the play-by-play!  Recruit dad or another sports nut for the job.  Give the announcer the kid’s names and numbers, and some pre-scripted notes with a little personal bio of each child.  Give each child equal airtime, despite the fact that some may be gifted athletes, while others will have had little or no experience with the game.  Depending on the ages of the guests, you may want to have a batting tee available.
• Ya’ll ready for this?  Pump up the jam with some great sports arena music and sound effects.  The ESPN Jock Jams and Jock Rock series of CDs are great.  The background sound will relax the kids who might be a little intimidated, and fire up the whole team!  Let the “G” rated trash talk begin!  “Hey batter, batter!”
• We offer a wonderful baseball piñata and we’ve yet to find a child who doesn’t want to take a swing at one at a party.  For a fun twist, use a bat as the stick to break the piñata.
• Take party guests to a facility with batting cages or to a high school, college or pro game if a baseball field isn’t available.

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