Increases arm strength and accuracy.
The pitcher stands on the rubber. A catcher sets up behind home plate.
- The pitcher throws two pitches from the rubber. If both make it over the plate to the catcher, she takes two steps back and throws two pitches from that location.
- The pitcher continues backing up until she reaches a point where she struggles to get the ball to the catcher.
- Once the pitcher reaches her maximum distance, she stops there and does 25 to 50 repetitions.
- Remind pitchers to stay on their power line, focus on their mechanics and work on their spin.
- The goal should be for the ball to come in on a 12-6 rotation.
- One way for the pitcher to better see spin is to put a piece of colored tape around the ball.
Tips for Younger Athletes:
- At this foundational stage, prioritize their pitching form over distance. Reinforce the importance of a balanced stance, a smooth wind-up, and a consistent follow-through.
- Introduce a visual aid like a hula hoop or a marked target behind the catcher. This gives younger athletes a clearer aim point, making the task more engaging and game-like.
- Instruct younger pitchers on the importance of leg power. A strong push-off from the mound not only increases distance but also improves accuracy.
Tips for Older Athletes:
- Before moving further back, older athletes should achieve a consistent number of successful pitches, enhancing their control and accuracy.
- As athletes mature, their core strength becomes vital for powerful and stable pitches. Constantly remind them of its importance during their delivery.
- Distance pitching can strain the arm. Ensure older athletes stretch regularly, maintain proper form, and avoid overexertion to prevent injury.