Basics of Baseball Pitching
The basics of pitching are not that complicated. It is the throwing motion with a couple of added elements. I believe pitching is one of the most over coached aspects of baseball, but basic throwing is one of the most under taught skills. With that in mind, coaches should always address players' basic throw and catch mechanics first. Throwing fundamentally correct when warming up, needs to be addressed before practicing pitching. When kids throwing mechanics are sound, a smooth pitching delivery comes much easier.
Correct throwing mechanics require the correct arm swing with fingers on top of the ball, a solid, closed front side, and a direct, athletic move towards the target. Once correct, the pitching motion simply adds an increased power build up, a longer stride, and grip changes. The rhythm and timing of the pitching delivery is always a work in progress, just as timing is with hitting.
Like with teaching most skills it is best to begin slowly with the basic motions, before moving into actual pitching; the repetitive movements of these drills will translate into the correct pitching delivery.
Baseball Pitching Mechanics
Once pitchers are able to perfect these moves, throwing balls in this same manner should begin, remembering that the head is the key to balance and any incorrect head action will make it difficult to hold the correct pitching positions.
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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