Ball Skills

The collective term for any gross motor activity involving a ball including throwing, catching, and kicking. Ball skills require a strong foundation of motor skills and sensory processing. Balance, bilateral coordination, eye-hand coordination, and strength are all key for playing catch!

Learning to catch a ball starts by corralling a ball while sitting by 1 year old. Kicking a ball begins around 18 months old when a child is able to lift their foot to contact a ball. If you have any concerns about your child’s throwing, catching, or kicking skills, reach out to our team!

A collage of 3 images: a baby sits on a beach and catches a ball (left), a toddler kicks a ball on a sidewalk (middle), a child throws a softball from the infield (right).
Synonyms:
throw, kick, catch

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