Count Strikes.Not Strikeouts

Posted on July 17, 2013

"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 strike them out! Everyone hates you on the team because scouts are here and they ...

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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 techniques. While reflection is a necessary component in coaching any sport, coaches make ...

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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 point of origin of the fault, then know how to teach the proper technique. Of ...

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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 from the arm side. Usually a few mph slower than a four-seam fastball. Good for ...

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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 and most traditional way is to find the horseshoe seam area, or the area where ...

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Video Analysis of the Pitcher

Posted on July 17, 2013

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 learn about the specifics of the pitching motion and their pitchers. A coach ...

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Blocking Is The Easy Part

Posted on July 10, 2013

It is common knowledge among youth baseball and softball coaches that the one play most responsible for scoring runs is not the blast over the fence or the shot in the gap; it’s the passed ball. As coaches we often find ourselves asking why is it so difficult for our young catchers to keep the ball in front of them. Why do so many balls get by and allow runners to advance and ultimately score? To understand the problem lets divide passed ...

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