Thursday Throwing Tips
Baseball Tips and Drills for Pitching Balance Positions
An alternate way of coaching baseball skills is by beginning at the end of a skill and working back to the beginning. This method works well with pitching, as it sometimes helps to have kids understand the positions they must get to before putting it all together. Coaches set players at balance positions that pitchers must reach along the way, and have them continue the motion from that position. These baseball tips and drills begin with the ending position for pitching, the release point, and work back to the windup. The following baseball tips and drills help with that understanding and muscle memory to improve their pitching efficiency.
Baseball Tips and Drills for Release Point – Balance Position #1
Coaching Tip – from this spot, players finish the throwing motion by taking the ball to the front side knee and having their rear leg land even with the front leg, or a little beyond. Balance comes from the head, so coaches should make sure the head and eyes are level in this position.
Baseball Tips and Drills for foot strike – Balance Position #2
Pitchers begin with their stride foot extended to normal landing width with hips closed, elbows up, front shoulder pointing at home and fingers on top of the ball.
Coaching tip – players should be on balls of feet in this position and with head centered. Players rock back from this balance position and proceed to finish the motion as above.
Baseball Tips and Drills at Knee lift – Balance Position #3
Pitchers lift front knee and set their rear foot on their back knee with the ball still in glove and glove centered or slightly back of their chest.
Coaching Tip – Setting the front foot on the rear knee keeps the players weight on the inside of the back leg, necessary for driving off the mound. Players continue the pitching delivery from this balance point through the above two positions.
Remember, this drill has pitchers doing things in reverse order, in actuality the balance positions would come in opposite order. Finally, it is a good idea for pitchers to hold each of these balance positions for a five count on these baseball tips and drills for pitchers.