Thursday Pitching Tips
A common baseball saying goes like this, "You steal on the pitcher, not the catcher." That is true at the higher levels of baseball, but less so, at the lower levels, as catching at the youth level, is less efficient. Never the less, at every level of baseball, it is important that pitchers learn that holding runners on base is another responsibility of pitching, and one that helps teams win.
Besides stealing bases, other reasons exist for holding runners on base, as making it less likely runners can go from first to third, or third to home on hits, as well as keeping players from breaking up double plays, beating throws, and advancing on bunts.
Coaches should coach pitchers:
Coaches Should Explain:
Left handed pitchers have a bigger advantage for holding runners on first base, but it is still necessary to learn good pickoff moves and to pay attention to runners. As with all baseball skills, holding runners on base takes practice and experience, so pitchers can help themselves win games and help catchers throw runners out, when stealing.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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