I get your gist doesnt get the big K in the books.RAD, I’m agreeing with you about the drop being a great pitch to have. I just think many people think it’s just not as “sexy” as the rise, which is more of a strike out pitch. You know that‘s what us pitchers’ parents want to see more of!
I’ll be honest, when my dd was younger I hated the drop. I hated catching for her as it would always catch me hard in the shins (yes, I know, shin guards). It also seemed difficult for the catchers at the younger ages to catch it and frame it for a strike (talking about 12U Little League). Also, my dd had natural tendencies to throw up pitches better, so we started focusing more on the rise at 14U and abandoned the drop.
We have now been reintroducing it over the past year. It should be game-ready for HS ball this season. The great thing about it is that she takes something off of it so it is more like an off-speed pitch which is slower than her other pitches but not as slow as her change. It should be very effective for her this year. Looking forward to seeing her use it in games.
Nice reintroducing it!
( maybe pegging parent in the shins was off putting early on)
To Vertigo's point
As for catchers needing to handle pitches early on....
Is yet another reason of bringing up catchers responsibility and it includes handling the ball.
Pay attention to required skill sets. What the catcher does or doesnt do can affect the pitcher!!
Its a fantastic reason i immediatly introduce glove speed drills!!!
Even 8 years old.
Early in video see 'glove speed' later adds ball & transition speed.
*Can do glove speed snaps by themselve no ball. To prepare muscles for explosive movements!
End of video see 'trust our glove' drill with shorts hops and transition speed.
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Did i mention i love glovework?