By Bob Bennett
One of many winningest department I coaches of all time brings you over a hundred functional, easy-to-teach pitching drills to assist coaches enhance pitching excellence in avid gamers of all age teams. Covers lower-, middle-, and upper-body mechanics drills, drills for bettering pace and regulate, fielding abilities, pickoff strikes, warming up and conditioning, or even drills for correcting universal flaws. Dozens of images and representation accompany the easy-to-understand textual content.
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At the beginning stages of the pitcher's windup, and as his push-off foot is placed on the rubber, his belly button should face the target. As his chest and head reach out to throw, his belly button should also face the target. Bent front leg. The pitcher's stride leg should be bent during his leg lift and remain bent through both his push-off and his stride. Bouncing hands. This term refers to the action prior to the pitcher's hand separation. A slight lift of his hands shortly before his hands separate should create an opportunity to develop the proper rhythm as his hands prepare for the throw.
Page 23 Drill #7: Balance with the Stride Foot Objective: To enhance the ability of the pitcher to establish balance on his stride foot; to help the pitcher learn to control his stride; ultimately, to enable the pitcher to create good angles toward the target. Description: This drill can be done in a dry-run setting or can be practiced with actual throwing involved. From either setting, the pitcher should hold the stride position for about three seconds. It is important to keep in mind that proper balance and control of the foot are critical factors in sound pitching.
A simple on-the-spot drill solved this pitcher's problem. A conveyor belt mat was placed about 30 feet from the pitching rubber, toward home plate. The pitcher was told to bounce the ball on one hop to the catcher. To accomplish this task, he had to get his arm in the proper position. This simple drill did more than all the explanations and other drills combined. In summation if the drills presented in this book enhance the ability of young men to take better advantage of their natural abilities and talent, then the time and energy required to write this book will have been well worth the effort.