What are the first couple steps to teach a prospective pitcher?

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Apr 12, 2015
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Yes, playing catch underhand is huge. Also, for fun, you can also work on fielding and have her from shortstop fire the ball to first base underhand. This does two things: One, it mixes up boring repetition and adds some fun and Two, the act of fielding and an urgency to make the throw to first takes the brain out of it and lets the body work.
 
May 29, 2015
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I am not a pitching coach, nor do I have any desire to be one. I have a daughter who pitched up to D3, but I didn't teach her a darned thing about pitching.

But as an umpire, an organizational behavior consultant, and a teacher I worked on these things with her:

  • The rules of pitching. Know what you can do, what you can't do, and where common mistakes occur. Don't give away bases (at the the time) and outs over goofy mistakes.
  • That pitching is a system. While you need to "learn this step and go to the next one" you can NEVER forget the previous steps. Practice everything all the time. Go back and work on the basics consistently.
  • The mental aspects of the game. Pitching can be very grueling on the psyche.
    • Be prepared to fail and to fail often.
    • Remember it is you versus the batter, but you have 8 other tools around you -- use your tools!
    • Have fun. If it's not fun, it's time to step out of the circle.
 
Jan 25, 2022
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Thank you all. I actually got to have a long conversation with Rick after I finished his training, and he said posture is #1, then work on backchaining the pitching motion. So basically we're going from 9:00 to release right now. After I thought about it, I don't know that passing underhand would be the way to go because that underhand motion would have to be IR/arm whip, Just push throwing underhand I think would make learning whip more difficult. It would probably be more beneficial for the push pitching crowd.
 
Aug 21, 2008
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PJR, I am currently selling cheat-sheets for the tests on the Paulygirl exams. You can buy the answers to his tests and quizs direct from me, without studying and listening to the course. Similar to how we all go answers to a test in school at one point or another, from a buddy or friend who had taken the test earlier in the day. :) For the low, low price of $49.99. Guranteed answers for a 100% test score or your money back. lol
 
Jan 25, 2022
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PJR, I am currently selling cheat-sheets for the tests on the Paulygirl exams. You can buy the answers to his tests and quizs direct from me, without studying and listening to the course. Similar to how we all go answers to a test in school at one point or another, from a buddy or friend who had taken the test earlier in the day. :) For the low, low price of $49.99. Guranteed answers for a 100% test score or your money back. lol
Ha! I actually did better on those than I expected. After a while it became common sense for a lot of them, but some of the wording threw me off. I probably missed 6 or 7 questions total. It was excellent, excellent training. I only hope I can do it justice.
 

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