In this drill, the pitcher focuses on developing arm speed and endurance.
- Pitcher stands on the mound (35-40 feet away).
- A coach or player stands nearby with a bucket of 20 to 25 softballs.
- Catcher is behind home plate.
- The pitcher quickly throws balls to the catcher in this drill.
- However, instead of having the pitcher throw a certain amount of balls, this drill is based on time.
- The pitcher throws for one minute, rests one minute, throws for one minute, rests for another minute and throws for one more minute (that’s 3 minutes total devoted to throwing, hence, the drill name).
- Just as in the Bucket Drill, pitcher walks through her delivery and throws the ball to the catcher.
- Coach or player feeds the pitcher a new ball and pitcher throws it to the catcher.
- Pitcher should be getting the next ball and throwing at a fast pace.
- Pitcher should be trying to throw as many pitches as she can in one minute. She should also be throwing as hard as she can.
- Make sure pitcher is using her proper motion on each pitch – you don’t want her to go so fast that she develops bad habits in her motion.
- This is a good drill for pitchers who think to much on the mound, it forces them to be quick and make physical adjustments without spending a lot of time thinking.
- For pitchers with great stamina you can extend the throwing time to 1 minute 15 seconds or even 1 minute 30 seconds.