Pitching is hard! I tell students and parents this all the time. If it was easy, everyone would do it! Teaching young pitchers is a challenge in many ways. In this article, we will discuss the importance of balance.
In fastpitch pitching, our young pitchers are being asked to turn their bodies sideways with one leg in the air, while moving forwards under pressure. Not easy under the best of circumstances but with a young pitcher who is still developing her balance and going through growth spirts? Needless to say, it is a challenge.
How do you teach balance?
Step 1 – Core Strength
We all know what that means – abs, abs abs. Strength training for pitchers starts with core strength. Fastpitch Online Academy can help you with your strength training for fastpitch softball with our FREE miniloop band strength training program. Click here for Free miniloop band program
Step 2 – Balance exercise – knee up hold
One of the first movements in the pitching motion is for the pitcher to lift her knee up. In practice we ask her to hold her knee up for 30 seconds. If your pitcher cannot hold this position, she is going to have a problem completing the pitching motion.
Step 3 – Breaking down the motion
At Fastpitch Online Academy, one of our core pitching drills is the 4 point pause drill. Making the pitcher hold her position in each of the points helps her build her strength and therefore her balance in the pitching motion.
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