Pitching Position

PARALLEL FEET DRILL: This drill isolates the upper body. The pitchers face each other chest to chest with the feet at shoulder width. The lower body remains stationary. The ball is held in the glove in the "check-your-pulse" position and the torso twists at a 90 degree angle as the ball is pulled down out of the glove and in a sweeping arc brought to the power position with the hand always on top and the elbow at least at shoulder level. The delivery is then made and the proper follow through is checked in that the glove elbow finishes pointed toward the sky. The drill emphasizes that the pitcher throws with a "proud chest" that remains closed as long as possible.

Pitchers learn the concept of shoulder displacement and are reminded that the batter should be unable to read the letters on their shirt during the delivery.

STRIDE DRILL: The lower body is now incorporated and placed as it would be in the stride position. The throwing arm is in an L position, the hand is on top of the ball and the follow through is identical to the parallel feet drill. Those positions should be checked.

BALANCE POINT DRILL: The pitcher goes through his wind up and delivery but stops himself at the balance point and holds it for at least two seconds before continuing. The coach checks the position to make sure that the front leg is at the waist or higher. This allows the pitcher to prevent himself from rushing once he takes the mound in a game. We found that many youngsters are so pumped up in the first inning that they do rush. They open up too soon, their arm never gets to the proper height and the ball tends to sail. We required that before games, our pitchers performed the balance drill at least 20 times as the beginning of their warm-up in the bullpen. They were then able to get into the proper tempo.

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