Pitching Routines

  • Last updated Aug. 27, 2015
Youth pitching program
ATTENTION PITCHERS: One of the big misconceptions in baseball is that playing the game keeps you in shape to pitch. I wish that was true. It's not. To get to the next level, preparation matters. Big league pitchers spend far more time preparing to pitch than actually pitching. If you believe adding velocity could be critical to your success, check out my proven programs for pitchers of all ages.

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What do your pitchers do before games? How much throwing should a pitcher do before a game?

1. Full body stretch
• Walking toe touches
• Walking high knees
• High knees
• Backward reach
• Backpedal
• Butt kicks
• Shuffle
• Karaoke
• Walking knee downs
• Skip jumps
• Jobe arm stretches
• Band work

2. Begin mental approach
• Relax
• Envision throwing strikes
• Think about situational pitching
• Know your going to go out an compete for the win

3. Review any scouting information/line-up

4. Begin warm up routine

1. Long-toss
Before the catcher goes down into the squat position, the pitcher and catcher will go to the outfield to long-toss for 8 to 12 minutes, increasing to a maximum distance of around 120-feet

2. Full wind-up
Fastballs 5 @ 45-feet
Fastballs 5 @ 70-feet
Fastballs 5 @ 60.5-feet
Curveballs 5 @ 45-feet
Curveballs 5 @ 60.5-feet
Change-ups 5 @ 60.5-feet

3. Stretch
Fastball 1 @ 60.5-feet
Change-up 1 @ 60.5-feet
Fastball 1 @ 60.5-feet
Change-up 1 @ 60.5-feet
Fastball 1 @ 60.5-feet
Change-up 1 @ 60.5-feet
Fastball 1 @ 60.5-feet
Curveball 1 @60.5-feet
Fastball 1 @ 60.5-feet
Curveball 1 @ 60.5-feet
Fastball 1 @ 60.5-feet
Curveball 1 @ 60.5-feet

4. Full wind-up
One batter @ 60.5-feet
Total pitches: 42 + one batter

5. 0 - 2 pitches and pitch outs

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Youth pitching program
One of the big misconceptions in baseball is that playing the game keeps you in shape to pitch. I wish that was true. It's not. To get to the next level, preparation matters. Big league pitchers spend far more time preparing to pitch than actually pitching.

If you believe adding velocity could be critical to your success, check out my proven programs for pitchers of all ages.

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