Summer’s FINALLY here, folks!

I love this season because it means more trips to the beach, more hikes and more outdoor barbecues. Most importantly, it means more baseball!

Don't let the ball be all alone -- learn how to play one of these baseball games you can play with a small group.

There’s no better summer activity than baseball. For kids, it gives them the chance to make new friends, hang out with old ones, run around and throw and hit stuff. For parents, it teaches kids valuable lessons about teamwork and cooperation. It’s a win-win, really!

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If you’ve got a Little League aspirant in your midst, you can always get a bunch of friends together to play a pickup game, Sandlot-style. But, what about those times when there aren’t enough players to field a team? Don’t worry! Here are a few games you can play when you find yourself in a roster pickle, courtesy of HelpfulBaseballDrills.com:

500: The classic game where a batter hits a pop fly and the fielders have to catch it. Points are given based on whether the ball was caught in the air or on a bounce.

Flip: In this game, you stand in a circle and play “Hot Potato” with your baseball glove. Believe me, it’s harder than it sounds!

Pepper: Another oldie but goodie, this game involves players standing in a semi-circle around a batter and catching any pop flies, line drives or ground balls that come their way.

Want to really get your kids in the baseball zone? Pop “The Sandlot” into the DVD player for your next movie night. This movie is a timeless classic that will, at the very least, make them want to get out of the house and have a crazy adventure of their own!

What's your favorite ball game to play without a team? Share below!

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