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  • Last updated Aug. 27, 2015

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Establishing a pitching philosophy is key to being successful on the mound. This includes:

1. Hard Work – there is no substitute! Outwork, outlearn, and prepare yourself to
be the best!

2. Perfect Practice – Practice does not make perfect – perfect practice makes
perfect! If you are going to do something – do it right! Learn the right way.

3. Mental Preparation – if we have prepared ourselves physically we will have
confidence in our abilities. Concentration, focused, positive attitude, goals,

Pitching Goals

1. Strike One – Statistics say a hitter with an (0-1) count vs. (1-0) count has a .100 point lower average. 2. Pitch to advantage counts. (0-1, 0-2, 1-2) Make the hitter hit your pitch. 3. Eliminate the free pass (walks, HBP) There is no defense for a walk! Walks score! 4. Let your defense work for you. 65% of all balls hit in fair territory are outs. We want the ball hit in fair territory before a 3-ball count! (3-0, 3-1, 3-2) 5. Reverse Pitching – be able to throw an off-speed pitch in disadvantage counts. (1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 2-1, 3-1, 3-2) 6. One Pitch at a Time! – the only pitch you can control is the next one. You can’t do anything about the past. You can control the future. A negative pitch you threw can affect future pitches if you do not pitch one pitch at a time!

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