How To Teach Youth Pitching Mechanics In 12 Easy Steps
By Steven Ellis, former Chicago Cubs pitching pro
Depending on the age of the pitcher, it can be beneficial to teach youth pitching mechanics by numbers. Here are 12 steps to the pitching sequence that can be used to teach proper pitching mechanics to youth pitchers.
1. Take a stance on the rubber squarely facing your catcher. Feet spread, angled toward the side from which you throw the ball. Pitching foot extended over the front of the rubber. The left foot on or to the rear of the rubber.
2. Body should be relaxed and bent forward slightly from the waist. Shoulders must be level. Arms hang at the sides with the throwing hand to the rear of the right thigh which hides the ball from the batter. You can also start with your hands together in your glove at chest height. The batter should not see the white of the ball until it leaves your hand.
3. Look for a spot where you want to throw the ball. Don't move your head or take your eyes off of your pitching target at any time.
4. If you start with the baseball at your side, swing your arms upward, past your hips and have them come together behind your head or neck. If your hands start together in your glove, simply step back keeping them in place (around the center of your chest). Keep the back part of your glove facing the batter so that he cannot see the baseball.
5. Now the body turn begins. Slide your right foot horizontally on the front edge of the rubber, toes toward third base, and turn your body to the right.
6. Your weight has shifted to your left foot. Now your weight goes back to the pitching foot and your arms begins to lower in front of you.They are still together, hiding the baseball as it comes waist high. Your eyes remain on the target.
7. As your hands separate and your pitching arm goes back, lift and swing your left leg around. You should now be looking at your target over your left shoulder. The left leg has its knee about waist high, and the knee is facing third base or even the short stop position.
8. Your right arm reaches far back for the throw. Your wrist should be loose and bent back, like a waiter carrying a tray of dishes.
9. Just before the pitching arm starts coming forward, start the body turn to the left and start the forward and downward stride of the left foot. You now get your whole body into the pitch when your left foot hits the ground.
10. The left foot should land softly just before you release the baseball. The toes of the left foot should face the target or be pointing slightly to the left side of the plate for right handed pitchers.
11. Your arm is brought across your body in an easy but powerful motion. The wrist snaps as you release the baseball. Your weight has been on your forward foot as you released the baseball, thus giving you the ability to pitch with your entire body.
12. You have propelled yourself to the batter and your right foot comes around after the pitch, hitting the ground so that you are squared off and facing the batter in a bent over position, ready to be an infielder. Your pitching hand has followed through with its wrist snap past your left knee close to the ground.
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