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All SVNLL registered BB players ages 7-13.
Pitching clinics will be offered on first four Saturdays in March from 9-11 am at Big Rock Field 2.
Pitching clinics will be conducted at Big Rock Ball Field 2. BR Field - 28430 NE Big Rock Road, Duvall, WA 98019
What to bring:
Players should bring a glove, helmet, bat (later sessions will include live hitting), water bottle, and wear athletic attire (including athletic supporter/protective cup). Big Rock Ball Fields are comprised of turf surfaces that require turf shoes (preferred), tennis shoes, or plastic cleats (metal spikes are prohibited). Please dress for the weather including a sweatshirt, stocking hat, and/or windbreaker.
1. Make sure the stretching lines have at least 8 feet of separation to allow the groups to stay in a line as well as detract goofing off and unfocused attention.
2. When the players spread out to play catch they need at least 10 feet of separation to allow the person catching enough space to move side to side without running into the players next to them. Another positive with this spacing is no goofing off as allows the person throwing to not feel confined or boxed into their lane to throw and work on the things myself and their coaches are working on with them.
3. When the players are warming up in stretches make sure they pay attention to details by using their eyes so they need to copy the action rather then think about the action and how it is done... this is why someone who knows what they are doing and can actually do the action is important for players at a young age.
1. Snap Downs: Get your glove under your throwing arm elbow and start with your arm in a straight line out from the shoulder working on snapping the ball straight down and keeping the ball in a line rather then get the hand on the side of the baseball and throw a cutter/slider. Work on snapping the ball down with out rotating your shoulders and pulling your arm off line... make sure to finish in the same position as you start after throwing the baseball. Make sure to move around the baseball.
2. Standing Snap Downs: Pitcher will face the catcher with two feet shoulder width and chest facing to the catcher. Pitcher will turn their upper half and not lower half focusing on his glove arm elbow pointing at the target and his throwing hand facing the opposite direction (180 degrees) allowing him to get good torque and coil. When they get their elbows up to shoulder height and hands proper position he needs to snap straight out to catcher allowing him to only focus on back flat and head straight.
3. Rocker A: when we get our feet into a wide stance almost our body height and rock our weight back and forth, we know we are rocking our weight properly when the leg shifts properly. We will then make sure our heads on the target with our glove in the center of our chest at least 8 to 10 inches from the chest to create long circles. When we are comfortable and ready, we take a deep breath to start and go back with our leg on our back leg we will have our glove arm at 45% with the elbow pointing up and the glove even with the elbow in distance from the body. The throwing arm will be loose behind the body to parallel the end of the whip being loose; with our upper half creating tilt and finishing down with our glove into our chest, head on the target and back flat making sure to leave our back leg behind. We are only working on our hip turn for Rocker A, which is why we leave the back leg behind.
4. Triple Jump: They will come set and mix up their looks to whatever bag they are pretending the runner is on. They will then come up to their balance point with their front leg 90 degrees or a little higher and then they will jump three times towards the target on their back leg forcing them to stay on their back leg as well as stay tall with their steering wheel (head) and after that third jump push off their back leg. If they do not stay tall they will fall over and loose their balance which is what we are working on.
Throw and Catch Practice:
1. When the players are catching make sure they move their target around to force the person throwing to be accurate (make it a game if you want) as well as catch the ball with two hands if you can out front so your eyes can see the ball into the pocket of the glove.
2. When the players are throwing make sure they go towards their target and not spinning off to the side causing less accuracy and balance.
3. As a player you need to finish with the glove in front of the glove side chest/armpit to allow your center of gravity to be naturally balanced allowing the throwing hand to come through like a seat belt and not stopping the arm early or taking it back to arm side when it needs to go across the body like buckling a seat belt with the range of motion.
4. When the players spread out farther they need to focus on throwing the ball on the correct line. This means no rainbows if you are close to your partner as well as adjust the height of the throw and angle; you are throwing the ball on a line to match the distance your partner is at... don't just throw all over with no focus on hitting your partner and where their glove is located.
5. Make sure when you are calling your pitches you have your partner's eyes so they can give you visual recognition that they are ready for your throw before you start to throw the ball to them.
6. Four seam fastball glove hand palm faces down with small glove flip upwards. Two seam fastball is ball in hand and one flick downwards with palm facing up throwing arm side. Curveball is glove hand palm facing up and the glove matching the arc of a curveball. Change-up is glove hand palm facing down and the glove being pulled small towards the body like a fastball being pulled by a straight to slow it down slightly.
1. (L/R) Lunge With Twist;
2. Heel Walks;
3. Toe Walks;
4. Zombie Walks;
5. (L/R) Side Shuffle With Jumping Jack Arms;
6. Walking Forward & Backward Arm Circles;
7. High Knees;
8. Butt Kickers;
9. Calf Raises;
10. Backwards Run; and
11. Sprints (percentage upgrades per sprint).
1. Max Range Of Motion Back Leg - Make sure your back leg is sitting as low as possible with your chest up and hands in front of chest close to center of the body. When they are sitting make sure the front leg is straight and straight out from hip with feet close together. When they throw the head stays parallel with ground and balanced with the head tall while parallel. Lastly make sure to push off the back leg foot to transfer energy correctly as well as the hand path and finish is all the same as the other drills and mechanical reminders.
Pitching Mechanics Drills:
1. Hand / Foot Break - Place your throwing arm foot on the rubber and the front foot is going to reach out with a toe tap after about 2 feet while the foot is reaching out to toe tap; the hands will break in the 3/4 direction to create a good hand break.