PURPOSE: To assist in teaching a consistent and proper balance position. To minimize rushing the pitch.
EQUIPMENT: Baseballs, Rubber, Catcher (target)
SET-UP: Pitcher will take the rubber without a baseball and coach or teammate will stand about 10 feet away from the pitcher with a ball in line with second base.
EXECUTION: Pitcher will go through the stretch or windup and pause in the balance position. When in the balance position coach looks for following checkpoints: Pitcher should have lifted leg into the balance position (not swing it), leg about waist high, hands stay close to body, and balance foot toes pointed down. Once the pitcher is in proper balance position, the coach who is about 10 feet away, will toss the ball to the pitcher. The pitcher must catch the ball and then regain their balance position. Once the pitcher is back into their balance position with the ball they deliver the pitch.
COACHING TIP: It is important for pitchers to have their front hip closed when in their balance position. Have pitchers think about showing the hitter their back pocket.
"The balance position is the start of every pitch, and therefore needs to be consistent for a pitcher to have any chance at maintaining excellent control."
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