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Use Batting Practice as Pitching Practice

How many times have you heard the cliches that coaches yell at their pitchers when they are struggling to throw strikes? You do not have to strike everyone out. Get ahead. Let your fielders help you out. Throw it over and make him hit it. From a personal standpoint, nothing is more irritating than coaches, players or fans yelling at a pitcher to ...

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Count Strikes.Not Strikeouts

"Have you ever thrown the ball so hard that the umpire said JEEZ, that's so hard I'm going to give you two strikes?" I asked the soon to be first round draft pick. "Then you can't strike anyone out until you have two strikes. Is it possible to get someone out on the first strike? No, not for you, because you won't let anyone hit it! All you do is walk batters or ...

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Correct Pitching Mechanics by Playing Catch

While being involved in public education for the past twenty years, I have come to accept the constant scrutiny in teaching techniques. There always seems to be pressure to come up with a better way to educate today's youth; invariably, the public asks educators to get back to basics. I believe there is the same pressure in athletics for better teaching techniqu...

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Recognizing Pitching Faults and Injury Patterns

At the college level, the pitcher is the most often injured player, nearly twice as often injured as a position player, and the throwing mechanism (shoulder, elbow, forearm, and wrist) suffers the highest rate of injury of any of the various body parts. At a high level of play, it is important that a coach is able to recognize various faults, and identify the ...

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Different Pitches and the Reasons We Throw Them

Four-seam fastball - Maximum velocity and should have best command. This is the most important pitch because everything else works off of it.Two-seam fastball (a.k.a. sinker) - This fastball does just that, it sinks. A very good pitch for inducing ground balls. Cut-fastball - Holding the ball slightly off center, it will run away ...

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How to Throw Basic Pitches: Fastballs, Curve and the Circle Change

FASTBALL A four-seam fastball is a variant of the straight fastball. The four-seam fastball is a pitch that is used often by the pitcher to get ahead in the count or when he needs to throw a strike. This type of fastball is intended to have minimal lateral movement.There are two general ways to throw a four-seam fastball.   The first ...

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Video Analysis of the Pitcher

Throwing a ball is one of the fastest known human actions, but with the use of high speed videotape, computer programs, and muscle testing devices, researchers, bio-mechanists and coaches are able to study and analyze the throwing motion in specific detail. For a coach, the use of video analysis, even done with a regular VCR, is a very effective way to study and ...

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Stress In Youth Sports

In many circles, concern about stress placed on youth sport participants seems to be the most frequent topic of discussion when youth sports is mentioned. Is there stress in youth sports? Of course there is! Not only do the athletes experience stress, but so do the coaches, the parents, the officials, and the administrators. What is stress? Stress is produced ...

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Teaching the Psychology of Pitching

Pitching is the most important aspect of the game! A dominating pitching staff can make all the difference in determining a team's success. Practice and mastery of the physical elements of pitching will improve the mechanical skills, but developing the psychological aspects of pitching can improve the overall concentration of the pitchers. Pitcher concentration is ...

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Successful Hitters Always Have a Plan

Here are some thoughts on the above topic from a buddy of mine. The guy's name is Steve Springer. "If baseball is 90% mental, why do we work on it less than 10% of the time?" "You cannot control getting a hit, but you can control hitting the ball hard!" Who Is This Guy? Springer isn't just another "dry jock" (a not-so-flattering term given to many broadcast...

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