softball fast pitcher

by kim
(wytheville.va. 24382)



my daughter was under a coach that tried to make her have speed before she could throw strikes. What can I do to bring her back to her throwing in strike zone?

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Speed then Control ...
by: Coach Dan

Hi Kim,

Thank you for your question. Many pitching coaches believe that it is essential to have the young pitcher learn the basic mechanics of pitching and once the pitcher learns the mechanics and especially the ability to use the body to generate speed then they will tweak the release point to repeatedly throw strikes. This is because it is MUCH harder to get the full motion down versus focusing on throwing strikes. This could be frustrating for the parent, but, a pitcher is not built in a year but over several years. So DON'T fret. Nonetheless, there are some drills you can do with your daughter to help her control. Check out the pitching drills that focus on control. They should be used in conjunction with the pitching coach's instruction and not in place of.

Good luck and let us know how she does! We'd love a picture of her in the circle.

Kind regards,
Dan

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