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Pitching Drill To Teach Cocked Position

Pitching Drill To Teach Cocked Position

Procedure: Place the pitcher in a good stationary cocked position. With the ball in hand, feet spread to medium stride position. Explain the various techniques and positions. Below is a list of check points. Lower body at foot plant: Stride – aligned straight to the plate, within 1-2 inches closed across midline Foot position – […]

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Trap Wall Drill For Pitchers

Trap Wall Drill For Pitchers

Purpose of Drill: 1. To get your form throwing done working on specific mechanics 2. To work on defensive techniques of fielding ground balls and come backers Procedure for Drill: 1. Pitch 1/2 speed from the dirt area, facing a wall. Isolate specific mechanical points you want to concentrate on. 2. Don’t worry about control, […]

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Drill To Defend Against The Squeeze Bunt

Drill To Defend Against The Squeeze Bunt

Purpose: To drill various techniques to prevent and control the squeeze bunt attempt Drill Procedure: Runners at 3rd base and batters bunting, fake bunting, or taking a pitch. Defensively, use catchers, pitchers, 3rd and 1st basemen. Techniques to drill: Use of the step-back technique to check batter’s action Use of a pitch out Pick off […]

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Pitching Drill To Cover First Base

Pitching Drill To Cover First Base

Purpose: 1. To teach pitchers how to cover 1st base properly 2. To teach pitchers how to avoid, and not be distracted by the batter-runner Procedure: 1. Fungo hitter hits various types of ground balls to 1st baseman, or 2nd baseman 2. Place a batter-runner about 25 feet up the baseline. Have the runner time […]

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How To Improve Pick Off Move To First Base

How To Improve Pick Off Move To First Base

Pick off moves should be part of a pitcher’s daily practice routine. Work on balance, weight transfer, and arm action. Here are some additional tips that will help you improve your pick off move to first base. Use mirror drills for instant feedback. By seeing yourself making the move, you can quickly see what you […]

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Spin Move Pickoff

Spin Move Pickoff

This move is difficult to execute because it requires good body control and agility. But when done properly, it is very effective and can be very deceptive. The best time to use this move is in a sac bunt situation, or in a steal or hit-and-run situation. The pitcher comes to his normal set position, […]

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Pitching Visualization Tips

Pitching Visualization Tips

Being able to visualize your actions before actually doing them as a pitcher is very important. Visualize the location of your next pitch to a specific fine target. You also need to understand yourself. For example, on a breaking ball, do you visualize where the ball should end up? Or where you need to throw […]

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Pitching Drill To Improve Stride Motion

Pitching Drill To Improve Stride Motion

Procedure: Put the pitcher in a kneeling position with the stride leg placed forward at slightly less than a 90 degree angle with the back knee on the ground. The hands are together in front of the chest and the shoulders and hips squared to the throwing partner. The pitcher breaks the hands down, back […]

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Pitching Drill To Improve Pitching Motion

Pitching Drill To Improve Pitching Motion

Procedure: Start the pitcher in the proper cocked position with the weight in the throwing hand. Moving very slowly, the pitcher moves through the entire pitching motion, but keeps his pivot foot and leg in the rolled over position, finishing in a good long arc of deceleration. Then, slowly reverse the entire motion right back […]

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Why Pitchers Should Keep A Bent Front Leg

Why Pitchers Should Keep A Bent Front Leg

Landing with a stiff front leg is most common in youth and high school pitchers It is caused by: Driving off the rubber too early, poor balance and improper weight transfer Swinging or kicking the stride leg out Landing on the heel with the foot pointed open versus closed It can have these effects on […]

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