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Progression Drill for Movement Pitches

Today Coach Jill and I talk about movement pitches!

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Phil

Phil Schonberg is a co-founder of Fastpitch Power, inc. He teaches all aspects of fastptich softball, specializing in windmill pitching and coaches' training.

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  1. wesley headley

    hello fastpitch power crew, I love your video feeds on pitching.. my daughter is 13 and pitches for her junior high team.. I try to explain to her things I see from your videos to try and make herself better. I would love for her to be able to learn from you in person but I guess the videos will have to do ..keep up the good work!!

    1. Carly

      Thank you Wesley!

  2. wesley headley

    hello again fastpitch power crew, my daughter Casey has got a few bad habits when she’s pitching. one is ,as she’s delivering the ball she tends to lean forward alittle & her glove hand tends to swing out to her leftside being a righthand pitcher and i know from watching your feeds that your suppose to keep your glovehand pionting towards the catcher.. this in turn seems to make her throw with a chicken wing motion.. could you please explain to me if there are certain drills she can do to correct this problem?? thanks, wesley

    1. Phil

      Hi Wesley – my favorite drill for eliminating pre-mature rotation/glove hand drift is wall work. Have Casey position herself with her glove hand side right up against a wall, net or fence and perform her drills without allowing the glove to touch the wall. Once she has a feel for the proper movement of her glove ( up on the power line and down on the power line) she should switch sides having her pitching arm within 2 inches of the wall, net or fence and performing the same drills. If her pitching arm continues to “chicken wing” either her hand or the ball will strike the wall on their way to the catcher’s target approximately 30 feet away (the catcher’s glove should be positioned two inches away from the wall). The wall work gives instant feedback on optimal tracking, pitching hand path, and glove hand path. Any deviation from the optimal movements will result in something hitting the wall. There are posts that you can refer to for a further explanation of wall drills. Type wall drills or wall work into our site search box and see what comes up. Hope this has been helpful.
      Phil

  3. wesley headley

    Hello Mr Phil, I appreciate your advice and can’t wait to try this drill; again thank you sir & I’ll keep in touch!!

  4. Shannon

    Hi guys! I love your video series. It keeps pitching lessons fresh for my students as winter workouts can be long! It is so helpful to be able to reinforce the “why” in the mechanics – my pitching students are all making their way to becoming the most consistent pitchers with the most speed on their teams because of the focus and breakdown drills we do! Thanks for all you do!

    1. Carly

      Thanks Shannon! I’m glad you’re finding them helpful!

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