1) You should hold the ball so that it feels most comfortable and so that it gets the most life into your pitches.
2) Watch you do not choke the ball.
3) You should hold the ball as far out on the end of your fingers and thumb as you can, and still have good control and command of it (Air space).
4) Watch you don?t get fingers spread on the ball as they will lose velocity.
1) Successful pitching demands an understanding of correct spin on the ball.
2) Spin the ball easily and get the ball to spin in the direction you want it to spin ? then apply more spin and more speed.
3) Every pitcher must have an understanding of the spin they must apply to have the ball do different things.
Fastball ? King of pitches.
1) Good pitchers get on top of the ball and are coming down in control of it (Hand behind the ball).
2) You should throw the ball on a downward plane; the greater the angle downward the greater the advantage to you.
3) Come straight down, hard and let the ball come off the second finger- this will cause the ball to spin like a bullet.
1) Should be thrown with a little less speed than the fastball, but the same motion.
2) Shorten your stride on the curve.
3) Lead with your chest and elbow and back of wrist should face you upon release.
4) Stay on top of the ball and pull forward and across your body to the opposite knee. Wrist should end up wrapped around your waist.
5) On curve, ball should have changed two planes ? down and away.
Change Up ? one of the best pitches in baseball.
1) Choke the ball.
2) Lengthen your stride.
3) Collapse your wrist (palm to sky), drag rear foot.
Slider or Hard Curveball.
1) Hold the ball off centre, with the middle and index fingers placed to the outside of the ball.
2) Release of the slider is similar to the passing of an American football.
3) Come straight down, hard, and let the ball come off the second finger ? this will cause the ball to spin like a bullet.
4) You should use a little inward turn of the wrist as in turning a doorknob.
5) The slider is especially effective because of the velocity with which it is thrown.
Getting the sign.
1) Keep the ball hidden from the hitter?s view by putting the ball behind the thigh of your pivot leg, or by keeping it in your glove.
2) Get proper stance on rubber, to get correct balance before beginning motion, making sure weight is properly distributed in preparation for the shifting back and forth which occurs throughout your delivery.
1) The primary purpose of the wind-up is to move your body weight back in order to place power into the pitch. Make sure your body weight is going backward then forward and not to the side.
2) Hide the ball in the web so the pitch is hidden by the glove.
1) The purpose of the pump is to loosen and relax your arm and shoulder muscles by bending forward and letting arms swing backward, with the wrists flexing.
2) Pump helps build rhythm from which most good pitchers obtain much of their power.
1) You must have proper balance.
2) Pivot on the ball of the right foot (opposite for lefties), turn the pivot foot parallel to the rubber, but don?t let your leg go past third base or it will throw you off balance.
1) The leg kick will vary according to each pitcher.
2) The purpose is to shift the weight backward towards second base in such a way that you still retain balance but build up a rocking back and forth that eventually will evolve into a physical explosion toward the plate.
Hip rotation and thrust.
1) Open your hips ? throw your hips at the batter. Make sure shoulders follow hip. Never let hip get ahead of shoulder.
2) Drive out at the batter.
3) Your entire body goes into the pitch like an uncoiling spring, providing maximum power and drive.
4) Hips should be tilted in such a way that the left hip is higher than the right hip facing second (opposite for lefties).
1) A pitcher?s stride will determine where the ball will be thrown.
2) Depends on the pitcher?s height and how it suits their size and comfort.
3) When your left foot comes down on the dirt, the right arm should be passing along side your head.
4) The knee of the striding leg should remain bent to avoid jarring.
5) Your toe and heel should land simultaneously although the ball of the foot should take most of the shock.
6) Your toe should point towards the plate.
1) Find your best angle of delivery.
2) Every pitch should be thrown from the same arm angle.
3) Arm wrestle someone, best position for throwing ? elbow up and behind ball.
1) Wrist action and release of the ball imparts good stuff on the pitch.
2) Arm and wrist should be nice and loose.
3) You should find consistent release point.
4) Through practice, you will develop a feel of where to release the ball to throw it in a certain location.
1) A good follow-through is important for speed, control and fielding (yes, you are a fielder as well).
2) Your arm should snap straight across your chest to your left knee (opposite for lefties).
1) Prime factor in successful pitching.
2) For good control, you must be in a groove; your mechanics must be the same.
3) You must concentrate to have control.
4) Wildness usually comes from a poor stride, either over or under striding. Landing on the heel, aiming the ball, taking your eyes off the target, trying to throw to hard, and working to quickly or slowly are all causes of poor control.
Proper mental attitude.
1) You must feel better than the batter.
2) Think positively.
a. You must want to be a pitcher.
b. You must want to pay the price to be a good pitcher.
c. You must believe you can be a good pitcher.
d. Prepare to win ? not lose ? be positive!
1) Live on the outside 1/3 of the plate.
2) When behind, don?t go inside.
3) When ahead, go inside to set-up ? the outside 1/3 of plate.
4) When you go inside, go from black to dirt (see Say what?).
5) Embarrass batter ? don?t throw same location.
6) Don?t be negative with subconscious ? the harder you try, the less the effect.
7) Get batter out best way you can.
8) Pitch to your strengths.
The six C?s for successful pitching.
Proper rhythm and timing are the basis of successful pitching.
A pitcher is only as good as their legs; do lots of running.
To be a winning pitcher you must have control of the pitches you have.
Getting better spin on the ball is a sure way towards pitching improvement.