5 Steps To Building Better Little League Pitching Mechanics
By Steven Ellis former Chicago Cubs pitching pro
The goal for any Little League coach or parent is to keep the game safe, simple and fun for their young pitcher(s).
That's what we're aiming to do with this lesson on developing better Little League pitching mechanics.
I've broken down the pitching delivery into 5 simple steps to help you teach or learn little league baseball pitching mechanics the right way.
a. Right hand pitcher starts on right side of rubber, left hand pitcher starts on left side of rubber.
b. When toeing the rubber make sure heels are on the rubber and toes are on the dirt, be balanced.
c. Feet should be inside your shoulders.
d. Both hands in glove.
e. Top of glove just below chin with back of glove facing target.
f. Elbows relaxed against stomach.
g. Slight bend in knees (comfortable position).
Little League Pitching Mechanics: The Full Wind Up (Right Hand Pitcher)
You use the full windup when there are no runners on base.
Step 1 - Rocker Step Back
a. Rock left foot straight back on ball of foot.
b. Keep chin over pivot foot.
Step 2 - Pivot And Turn Your Hips
a. Turn right pivot foot in front of rubber.
b. Turn upper body so front shoulder facing target.
c. Glove should be six inches off chest.
Step 3 - Balance (But Don't Stop!)
a. Lift knee to belt with foot at 90 degree angle and toe down but don't stop here, keep moving.
b. Weight should be even on back foot.
c. Stay up right don’t sink on back foot.
Step 4 - Break And Stride
a. Take ball out of glove break thumbs down and away from each other towards thighs.
b. Slightly collapse back leg to keep weight back.
c. Bring heel into body then out towards target (this keeps front hip closed).
d. Stride towards home plate with heel, inside of big toe should hit ground first at 1 o'clock.
e. Hands should spread into POWER T position with glove down elbow pointing at target.
f. Ball in hand should come out of glove down with fingers on top (knuckles to sky) and rotate up giving high five to centerfield or reaching to the sky.
Step 5 - Tuck And Throw
a. Front elbow drives down into hip.
b. Glove tucks.
c. Back hip rotates towards home plate.
d. Throwing elbow stays high.
e. Fingers stay on top.
f. At release body stays behind the ball pushing ball with body.
g. Wrist snaps down and through.
h. Arm continues to follow through until back of shoulder faces target.
i. Back heel goes up towards sky then rotates over and parallel to the stride leg.
j. Into ready fielding stance.
Little League Pitching Mechanics: The Stretch
You use the stretch when there are runners on base. Sometimes, when teaching pitching mechanics to young pitchers, it's easier for them to develop a consistent, repeatable delivery pitching only from the stretch. I'll leave that decision up to you and the individual pitcher you may be working with. But it's OK to have a pitcher pitch from just the stretch, even without runners on base, if it can help him and your team be successful.
a. Stand with right foot against rubber feet about six inches apart.
b. Ball in glove against chest.
c. Throwing hand in glove.
d. When ready pick up left knee start at #3 position.
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