Tag Archive: Art of softball pitching

How Catcher Framing Can Make or Break a Game

Matt Wieters crossed up on a pitch by Pedro Strop

A particular play in the Yankees-Orioles game on September 6th reminded me how a single strike call can make or break a game, and how important a catcher’s influence can be in getting calls. Want to learn how to use this to your advantage?

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Movement Pitch Grips and Spins: Rise Ball

Today we’re continuing to take a closer look at how to throw movement pitches in windmill pitching. I’m going to discuss the grip of the rise ball and how to spin the ball to achieve maximum movement.

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Movement Pitch Grips and Spins: Curveball

Today we’re continuing to take a closer look at how to throw movement pitches in windmill pitching. I’m going to discuss the grip of the curveball and how to spin the ball to achieve maximum movement.

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Movement Pitch Grips and Spins: Screwball

Over the next several weeks, we’re going to be taking a closer look at how to throw movement pitches in windmill pitching. Starting with the screwball today, I’m going to discuss the grip of each movement pitch and how to spin the ball to achieve maximum movement.

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Reach, Track, Fire and Drive

What follows is one of my favorite muscle memory drills which helps pitchers see and feel their bodies at various, crucial points in the delivery. Please note the following when performing this drill:

1. The pitcher should be 25 – 35 feet from the catcher, depending on age and level.

2. Coaches commands should be a minimum of 2 to 3 seconds apart to allow the pitcher to sense and adjust any mechanical flaws, as well as keep her balance (if she cannot keep her balance, it’s an indication that she needs to strength train).

3. This video is a demonstration for a fastball. The drill can be adapted for any pitch. Look to future posts for other pitches.

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Top Causes of Crow Hopping in Windmill Pitching

Ah, crow hopping. This topic has been causing frustration and controversy among windmill pitchers, softball coaches, parents, and probably umpires for years. MANY pitchers—even many elite pitchers, some of whom you may have seen on television—do it, yet it’s illegal according to the rules of fastpitch softball. Over the next two posts, I’m going to talk a bit about what crow hopping is, what causes it, and how to fix it.

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Research Review: What Determines Pitching Velocity

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Softball pitching performance is determined by a combination of technical mastery and physical development. In this post, I unveil the physical contributors to softball pitching performance according to recent research. You will learn which muscles to strengthen to improve pitching velocity, and the exercise principles you must consider when designing softball specific workouts.

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Maximizing the Throw Zone for Movement Pitches: Rise Ball

Today I’m continuing my series on how to utilize your throw zone to throw movement pitches. We’ve already covered the screwball, curveball, and drop, and now we’re going to discuss the rise ball.

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Maximizing the Throw Zone: Drop

Today I’m continuing my series on how to utilize your throw zone to throw movement pitches. We’ve already covered the screwball and curveball, and now we’re going to discuss the drop.

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Exercises That Correct Drive Foot Turn Out

Does your pitcher seem to lack extension or power as she drives away from the rubber? In these videos, Joe explains how lack of strength and flexibility contribute to poor execution and acquisition of drive through mechanics, and demonstrates four exercises that every pitcher can benefit from.

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