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  • 1. www.Expertbaseballtips.com
  • 2. Mechanics
  • 3. Windup
  • 4. Starting Stance
    Eyes on target (catcher’s glove)
    Heel of your feet on the rubber
    Elbows close to the body and relaxed
    Feet no more than 8 inches apart
  • 5. Rocker Step
    Take SHORT rocker step, if rocker step is
    too long than balance is lost.
    Weight on the ball of the rocker foot
  • 6. Pivot
    As the foot pivots the shoulders turn
    Weight should be transferring back to pivot
    foot (for righties right foot, for lefties left foot).
    Back leg should be SLIGHTLY bent, this means
    not locked out.
  • 7. Leg Lift or Balance Position
    Leg lift should be in a shape of an “h”, common
    mistake kids make is there foot is under there
    butt which forms from the waist down a “p”
    As leg is lifting the eyes should be towards home
    plate.
    The leg lift must not be rushed, but nice and
    controlled. Often kids rush to and through this
    point loosing balance
    The pitcher must be balanced at this position
    If the pitcher is not in control (balanced) of his
    body than he will not be in control of the ball
  • 8. Hands Seperation
    The hands separate a SPLIT SECOND after the
    leg starts going down
    If the pitcher is too late breaking his hands than
    this can create arm drag which creates injury
    (a late hand break results in the pitcher missing
    high)
    The hands should separate between the belt and
    chest
    Once ball is taken out of glove do not let ball go
    below the back hip
    After hands separate the leg lifted goes DOWN
    THEN OUT. A lot of kids leg lift goes out towards
    home then down and that’s backwards.
  • 9. Power T Position
    Fingers should remain
    On top of ball
    Ball should not be
    facing pitcher
    Distance between 2
    feet is called stride.
    The stride length
    should be no less than
    80% of your height.
    If possible 100% of
    your height
    Front glove should be
    up (like fence). The
    arms should be flat
    (looking like a table)
  • 10. Power T (front)
    Front glove up looking over front arm
    (looks like your looking over fence)
    Weight still on back leg
    Front foot, knee, hip, and shoulder are
    all closed. From this position we are ready
    To throw.
    If glove is low than most likely your front
    shoulder will open early (causing your
    shoulders to move side to side)
  • 11. Weight Transfer
    After our glove is up we transfer our weight from our back leg to our front leg. We should land on the ball of our foot. To get maximum velocity our back leg should push off the rubber and our back hip should turn (pop) towards our target
    We start to tuck our glove to our chest. We do this by bringing our elbow to our hip.
    Front leg should be bent, which will allow our weight to keep moving forward.
    Back foot should start rotating around. Basically our laces should be pointing towards ground
  • 12. Throw
    Front chest should be over our front knee
    Glove tucked to chest
    Front foot slightly open. The front foot will open on its own. Don’t tell pitcher to open his front foot because this will cause the foot to open prematurely. The foot opening is the last thing to happen before ball is thrown.
    Laces should start to point down (sorry there not in this photo)
  • 13. Throw (Front)
    The elbow is as high as the shoulder.
    The front foot and back foot are on a straight line towards the target
    Face is going towards target.
  • 14. Throw
    The ball should be released in front of the body (out front)
  • 15. Follow Through
    Once ball is thrown and the laces are pointing down the back leg will come up.
    The arm is long out front going down towards the knee, not to the side towards the glove.
  • 16. Follow Through Position
    On the follow through the back is bent and we are low to the ground.
    We are now in what you would call a fielding position.
  • 17. Summary
    All though I broke the pitching steps down step by step we should not throw robotically going step by step
    The pitching delivery should be smooth and in control. Once we start to throw our arm should be fast out front.
  • 18. The Stretch
    The stretch position is used in leagues where there are leadoffs.
    The stretch position is an art.
    Our goal out of the stretch is to disrupt the runners timing, but more importantly to throw strikes
    We want to be quick out of the stretch.
    We want to be a 1.35 (seconds) or better to home
    We can time a pitcher from his first movement (his foot lift) to when the ball hits the catchers glove.
    Although time is important its not as important as the pitchers ability to throw a strike.
  • 19. Before we step on the rubber…
    Before we even step in front of the rubber
    We must put the ball in our hand. The
    reason for this is in case we need to make a
    throw we have the ball in our hand and we
    are ready to.
    DO NOT take signs from catcher unless in
    front of the rubber.
    If you take the signs from behind the rubber
    it is a balk (against the rules).
    If a balk is called on the pitcher than the
    runner is rewarded the next base (runner on
    1se is awarded 2nd, etc.)
  • 20. Stretch
    This is the position where the pitcher
    gets the signs from the catcher.
    Lefties are facing 1st baseman, righties
    Have there back toward 1st baseman.
  • 21. Set Position
    When we get to the set position
    there must be a pause. If we
    don’t pause its a balk.
    As we come set we load the back hip
    over our back foot. Our back leg is
    bent and our weight is over our back
    foot. Now were ready to lift our leg
    and throw. (last slide on stretch shows
    a set position where the pitcher’s
    weight is not loaded over back foot.
    To disrupt the runners timing we
    Must change how long we hold the
    ball before we lift our leg to throw (1,
    4,7,10 seconds). One time we hold for 1
    Sec next time we hold for 7 sec and we
    keep changing so the runner can time
    our leg kick. If a runner times our leg
    kick than he can steal the base easier.
  • 22. Leg Kick
    Our leg kick out of the stretch is half the
    height of our leg kick out of the windup.
    We cut our leg kick down so we can be
    faster to the plate.
    Our leg still goes down and out.
    Our thought process on our leg kick is to
    pinch the knee.
  • 23. Mechanics from break to throw are the same as the windup
    Back shoe laces should be facing dirt
  • 24. Wrong Set Position
    This is the wrong set position. As
    you notice, in this set position the
    weight is centered evenly between
    the two feet.
    This is wrong because when we
    start our throwing motion we will
    have to go back (our weight) over
    our back foot, which is slower than
    if we were to start over our back
    foot.
    If we come set like this and our
    weight doesn’t go back than we are
    Creating arm drag which leads to
    injury
  • 25. Pitching Drills
    “The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if your willing to pay the price.”
    -Vince Lombardi
  • 29. Power T drill
    This drill consists of three parts. The ready position, the break position, and the throw position.
    This drill is good for breaking down the throwing motion.
  • 30. Ready Position
    Start with the feet shoulder
    width apart.
    The knees bent.
    Glove middle of the chest
    Elbows relaxed by the side
    Looking at the target
    Feet on straight line with our target.
  • 31. Break Position
    Front glove is up.
    Back arm is up. The elbow should be as high as the shoulder.
  • 32. Throw
    The weight shifts to the back leg, then take little step with front foot and throw.
  • 33. Throw
  • 34. Throw and follow through
  • 35. Balance Drill
    The player will start without a ball in his hand. A parent or coach will stand directly behind the mound with the ball.
    The player will go through his delivery from start position, to pivot, to balance point. Once he reaches the balance point he will hold for 5 to 10 seconds.
    Once he has held his balance point he will look at the coach and the coach will toss him the ball. Once he catches the ball he will put back in his glove (while he is still in balance point) look to home plate or target and throw. Remember when he throws his lifted leg should go down and out and his glove should go up. Good direction on straight line towards target and good follow through.
  • 36. Balance Position for 5 to 10 seconds
    The pitcher should hold this position for 5 to 10 seconds.
  • 37. Coach Toss
    Once he has completed the balance point he will look at coach or parent.
    he will catch the ball with his bare pitching hand and put it back in his glove.
  • 38. Balance Point after catch
    Once he catches the ball he will put it back in his glove and look at his target (still in balance position)
    Next he will throw
    Remember the leg lifted goes down and out.
  • 39. Board drill
    Go get a 2x6 board.
    Put the board on flat ground (in yard, or outfield)
    Pitcher stands on the board and gets in the balance position. Then he throws. The front leg goes up down and out. If the pitcher is throwing on a straight line than he will land (front foot) on the board. If he opens early or throw against his body than he will not land on the board.
    I like to use the board drill as a direction drill
    Some people use it as a balance drill. You can do that. If doing so nail a 2x4 board on top of the 2x6 board making a balance beam. Do the same drill.
  • 40. Balance Point
    Get in your balance point. Remember good “h”.
  • 41. Throw
    Remember the lifted leg goes down and out on a straight line (board) towards our target.
  • 42. Throw
    I know it looks like I stopped in this slide. Once the pitcher is in his balance point he should go down and out with lifted leg and throw without stopping.
  • 43. Hat drill
    This drill is good to do after warming up or just simply playing catch with a friend.
    Set up two hats at proper pitching distance (high school, college, and MLB this would be 60 ft 6 inches), Myers this would be 50 ft. Levy between 46 and 48 ft.
    Go through your pitching wind up and try to hit the hat in front of your partner.
    The players should be standing at least 15 ft behind the hats. You and your partner take turns trying to hit the hat. You can make a game of this.
    This drill is good because it teaches the pitcher to throw a ball on a downward angle.
  • 44. Hat Drill
  • 45. Hat Drill
  • 46. Hat Drill
  • 47. Knee drill
    This drill is good to do before warming up.
    This drill will teach the player a proper follow through without him having to worry about his legs.
    You can do this drill like the power T drill and go from the ready position to the break position to the throw position. Or you can simply start in the ready position and throw.
    Righties will start on there right knee and lefties on there left knee.
  • 48. Ready position
  • 49. Break
    Your shoulder should be closed before you throw with your arm up.
    Must get arm up. You only have two thing to think about in this drill. Get your glove up and follow through.
    Front foot open
  • 50. Throw
    Glove to chest as we throw out front.
  • 51. Follow Through
    Follow through with chest to knee. Not literally
  • 52. Change-up
    The change up should not have a hump in it.
    The changeup should be slightly slower than the fast ball. The only difference from a changeup and a fast ball is the grip.
    The ball should not be in the back of the palm nor should it be on the finger tips.
    The thumb should be directly under the baseball. Not on the side (very common mistake)
    When we throw the changeup we throw with a LOOSE wrist and we turn the ball at the very end (not behind our head)
    Righties should turn the ball to 10 oclock
    Lefties should turn the ball to 2 oclock
    Do not over rotate on this pitch.
    If thrown properly the ball should spin slightly side ways.
  • 53. Changeup Grip