PURPOSE: To improve pitcher's mechanics and teach pitcher to extend towards target to release baseball as close to home plate as possible.
EQUIPMENT: Glove, Pitching Towel, Chair/Bucket/Partner
SET-UP: Pitcher goes through their wind-up and strides towards catcher as usual, when front leg hits the ground, they stop. They then measure off 5 foot lengths further out from where their lead leg hit the ground. At this location pitcher can put the back side of a chair, a bucket, or have a partner hold their glove. This creates a target and should be about waist high.
EXECUTION: Holding a small towel as opposed to a baseball, pitcher executes their wind-up with great focus on proper mechanics. As their front leg hits the ground pitcher continues forward and extends towards the target (chair/bucket/partners glove) and attempts to snap the towel down in a throwing motion into the target area.
COACHING TIP: If player is coming up short of this target area, have them only measure off 3 foot lengths from where the lead leg hits, then work for improvement.
"When pitches extend towards the batter, they are releasing the ball closer to home plate, this will give the hitter less reaction time and in addition will help create more movement on the pitches."
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