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What to do if you can’t find a pitching coach

@joeyfat13 on Twitter asked: “how can you keep your pitcher learning if you can’t find a pitching coach and how do you keep the mechanics?”

This may be the very reason why many of you read Fastpitch Power! A good pitching coach can be very hard to find, and learning without a pitching coach definitely makes things harder. But, with extra work, it’s possible.

Tools for parents

When you can’t find a coach, chances are you as the parent/guardian must take on the role of the coach. It’s important for you not just to learn the mechanics, but to understand the reasoning behind them. All the mechanics we promote are backed by science and common sense. Understanding the reasoning will help you get through sticky spots when you’re not sure. This will require you to STUDY! There is no magic solution; if you don’t have a coach, you need to put in the work to gain a coach’s knowledge yourself.

TOOLS ON FASTPITCH POWER:

OTHER TOOLS:

  • Video tools (such as Coach’s Eye) are indispensable when your eye isn’t trained enough to catch mechanical flaws while your pitcher is moving at full speed
  • Great pitchers in slow motion that you can use for comparison

GENERAL TIPS:

  • If possible, try not to catch for your pitcher all the time. Getting someone else to catch so you can watch from different angles will be extremely helpful.
  • It’s better to see a coach even once than not at all. If you have the means to travel to see a respected pitching coach, do it, and make sure you take home a written outline that you can refer to moving forward.
  • Don’t second guess yourself just because you see another pitcher throwing hard. A lot of college pitchers have crazy wind-ups that would be terrible for someone who is learning; a lot of young pitchers you face in games may throw very hard with terrible mechanics based on sheer natural strength; etc. Before adopting something you see in the wild, ask yourself if it makes logical sense. I have a clear memory of Coach Jill changing her wind up one day when she was in high school. Coach Phil asked her what the heck she was doing, and she said she saw a certain college pitcher doing it that way on TV. He responded, “you know… you ALREADY throw harder than her!”
  • Form a community. If you can’t find a pitching coach, chances are the other pitchers in your town can’t either. Work together. You might be able to present something in a way that’s helpful to another child, and another parent may be able to do that for your child. Learning together can help you figure things out.

About the author

Carly

Carly is a windmill pitching specialist and co-founder of Fastpitch Power. She has coached teams at every level from 10U to NCAA. She also designed and built fastpitchpower.com. Please feel free to leave questions and site feedback in the comments or via our contact page!

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  1. Raquel

    Hi Carly-
    My name is Raquel and I have a 9 year old daughter named Brooke. I am having trouble finding a consistent pitching coach for Brooke. I am some what knowledgable with basics, but she;’s really ready for more. How can I get her to take a bigger step in the circle when pitching? Any drills specifically that will help with this? Thank you in advance!

    1. Carly

      Hi Raquel, sorry for the late reply. This is a great question and I will address it in a blog article. Stay tuned!

  2. elaine stubblefield

    I have a question i am desperately trying to find an answer too. My 13 year old grand daughter is an amazing pitcher for her age. She does very well with a number of different pitches. Curve, screw, knuckle, drop and rise. The spin she has on the ball is such that when she painting the corners most batters are going to pop up or just ground out.
    The team she has been playing with has a new pitching coach and for what ever reason the past month all he is allowing her to throw the whole game is a curve ball and a screw ball with and occassional change up. The constant back and forth between the two is starting to take its toll on her arm. Am I wrong in thinking this is not a very good practice to have a pitcher throw only these two pitches because they are beutiful pitches but after a few innings batters pick up on it and begin to wear it out.

    1. Carly

      Hi Elaine,

      I happen to agree with you, and unfortunately a lot of coaches are adopting the practice of not calling fastballs. We talked about this in some more detail here: http://www.fastpitchpower.com/fastballs-gone/

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