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Pitching Mechanics - for later ...

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Weight shift and a backwards step on the windup.

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Weight shift on to the pivot foot and opposite leg lifted into the air.

Proper leg stride action to develop momentum.

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Lead foot lands flat on the mound, pointing directly at the plate, allowing the body to open up properly.

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As your arm comes forward, the upper arm is approximately level with the ground.

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Snap your wrist to release the ball, and continue controlled forward motion.

Complete the follow-through to end up in the ready position to field a batted ball.

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As your lead foot hits the ground, continue to project your body-weight forward while pivoting your hips and shoulders to squarely face the plate.
At the same time, whip your throwing arm through to your opposite knee, leading with the elbow.

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The ready position. Feet nearly in line, weight on the balls of your feet, knees flexed, bent at your waist, head up, eyes fixed on the action.

 


Although pitching is the cornerstone of the game of baseball, we don't teach it to children under eight. It is a special variant of the throwing skill, but the body stresses involved are not appropriate for young arms, and we discourage anyone from teaching TeeBall-age player to pitch.

High-level baseball players can hurl a baseball at speeds of 160 Km/h from a standing start:- compare this to an international-standard cricket player who can only dream of achieving such a delivery speed, even with a run-up of 30 metres or more.

At Hills, we start players pitching when they're 10 or 11, and restrict them to throwing only a fastball or a change-up until they turn 14. Even then, we restrict the number of pitches they can throw each game in the interests of injury protection.

The emphasis is always on safety. Our kids have their whole lives to decide whether they want to chase a US professional contract: whether they want to play the game at a local elite level: whether they just want to play social baseball: or whether they want to move on to another sport.

Our job is to prepare them for whatever they want to do, and to make sure that injuries sustained before puberty are not a factor in the decision..

Teaching basic skills is one of the goals of our TeeBall programme.
These skills, because they involve fundamental body mechanics, can be taken to any sport your child chooses later on.

TeeBall has long been regarded as one of the best way to gain these skills at an early age. In fact, back when baseball was a winter sport in Australia, many of our Sheffield Shield and Test cricketers played it to hone their skills and develop new techniques during the off-season.

All Hills clubs have at least one accredited club official who oversees training of parent-coaches, and who will assist in training schedules, lesson plans, and general guidance. This accreditation involves sports science and world's best practice in injury risk management, as well as knowledge of the game itself.

Together with clinics run by Hills itself for both players and coaches, your child is in good hands.

 

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