Perhaps this is a thread somewhere from way back, so I'm sure you will excuse me. Other than throwing with my son as much as humanly possible, is there anything I can do to alleviate his fear of the ball? I must admit some degree of frustration when I toss him the ball (I don't "gun it"), because he is ready to run rightward, so as to catch the ball on the glove side, away from his body. I therefore sometimes deliberatly throw the ball to his throwing shoulder, making this maneuver very difficult for him, and forcing him to at least get his glove up to protect himself. When I do this he usually, although he is improving, will turn his head, throw his glove up in a defensive manner, and stiffen. Occasionally he will catch the ball like this, but I can't seem to get him to relax. Any Suggestions?