Categories: , Objective: To react quickly to balls thrown to first base by infielders and becoming confident in fielding bad throws. If you do have a video camera, also try to get shots from the left, right and front views too. Note, you don't want to throw the ball hard, it should not go far and will go slow. I have spoken to a lot of coaches who have had players experience this injury. A lot of pitchers get lazy, overlooking this mechanic, and then wonder what happened to their control.
Have you pitcher take a pitching position with the power line exactly under the center of her body, feet equally far from the power line to each side. If it bounces 5 or more feet away, we should not step out, but should read the long hop and field the ball. Step Back - Arm Circle To help a pitcher keep her weight back, have her stand in stride position and perform a full arm circle drill. Every pitcher should use this pitching aid! The pitcher throws all 3 pitches as quickly as possible, then runs and picks up the balls by the catcher, and runs back to the mound. And they clearly know what they are doing! She will make three fast circles with her pitching arm, releasing the ball on the third rotation. Every time you walk by, grab a sheet and wad it up, using only one hand.
Have the pitcher at the regulation distance or just slightly more and throw the ball and try to hit the box consistently. After 10 to 15 pitches from this distance, we move back to about 25 feet and throw at about 50% speed. Come all the way around with to your right hand. This will help you deal with pressure situations because all you need to do is to relax and deliver the pitch just like in practice. Do not let pride stand in the way of producing a Great Athlete. This will give the pitcher two speeds available for any particular pitch. The last drill should be done outside with a catcher.
It is important that they provide the right amount of power, which will depend on where they are standing, but the body mechanics and pitching technique stays the same. Broom Tom Choate Here is my drill for younger players trying to learn the wrist flip. This does a couple of different things. I have found it is effective to throw all of your different pitches at different speeds, from one pitch to the next. The motion of the hands going forward as the stride is being taken helps move the body forward and helps elongate the stride, but the important job here is the aiming. Then try to do it yourself for laughs.
The batters can sense your confidence and you have already won half the battle. Next are butterflies, then wrist curls isolating just the wrist. She should fall back along the power line or she was off balance at ball release. Set-Up: Have 2 outfielders side by side in the outfield, preferably in left center and right center. The pitcher gets only one step onto the mound before the pitch.
These drills are slightly more advanced. This drill emphasizes accuracy and velocity. Set a time limit of 5 minutes. Thirty-Six Catching drills that will help any fastpitch softball catcher improve their game! By taking things one component at a time, you can focus your team in whatever area you feel is most important. Here is an example of one of their videos from their YouTube Channel: Coachataclick Courtney Hudson Some of you have seen either through guest posts or inside my. This way you give yourself a better chance for success even if the pitch you choose to swing at is not necessarily a good one. After a few pitches directly into the wall, pitchers back up a bit but continue the drill, focusing on total power instead of control or speed.
The first baseman would drop step with her right foot chest open to the field and run back to get to the base, putting her foot on the middle of the inside of the base. I place a stripe right down the middle of the ball and use them in close rotational work to insure the proper rotation is being imparted to the ball. I travel all over the country filming great fastpitch softball clinics just for you. You may also call time out to talk to the catcher. Put your hands in front of you.
Make 10 jumps and then rotate. In addition to driving with the body more, she will actually be closer to the batter when she ultimately releases the ball, providing a shorter time for the batter to determine if it is a ball or strike. The catcher starts at the plate like normal and does not move. The riseball is just the opposite from the peel drop. This will give the runner the next base. Go and get a towel.