Pitching - Grips Circle Change grip Three finger Change up grip
Pitching Drills Balance and hold Stride plus five Hockey puck Fielding and covering Backing up
Mechanics From stretch: grip, balance, separate, throw From windup: grip, step back, pivot, balance, separate, throw
Stride Plus Five 1.From stretch, player takes normal pitching stride.. Then marks off 5 additional steps 2.Second player stands at the location with glove as target 3.Pitcher using a dish towel, uses normal pitching mechanics to strike target 4.Object is to ensure proper balance – mechanics – follow -through
Pitchers Fielding drills Balls hit to 1 st base, Pitcher 1 up the line and inside of base, covers 1 st base and receives ball from fielder Alternate drill, ball hit to Pitcher 1 who fields the ball, steps and throws to first Pitcher 2 fields the ball and throws to 2 nd or 3 rd, good tag at either base by fielder
Hitting Bat Speed –Seeing the Ball -Confidence CATCH-THROW-KNOW-HIT-RUN
Catchers Square to plate and pitcher at all times Frame a pitch Blocking drills Throwing drills Tag drills
Hitting Bat Speed –Seeing the Ball -Confidence Bat size and selection (hold bat straight out) Grip – in fingers Plate coverage Pre-pitch ritual Stance Weight Contact Follow through (pivot hips – face pitcher)
Hitting Drills Bat Speed –Seeing the Ball -Confidence Tee – Tee – Tee (top, bottom, both) Soft toss (top, bottom, both) Fence drill Dry swings Live at the plate Live in the cage Situational hitting
Hitting Drills Bat Speed –Seeing the Ball -Confidence Wrist whips Top hand Bottom hand Both hands Hip thrusts Back hand into strike zone Pivot feet Eyes down in contact area
Know Hitting Stance Grip Barrel Count- (balls/strikes) Hitting zone *Bat speed Hit and run SAC Fly Line drive *Contact (eyes on the ball) Knowing the situation *Confidence
Live hitting Sequence Bunt for hit (2) - 1 to 3rd - 1 to 1st - batter moves up in box, squares when ball is in flight. Sac bunt - batter moves up in box and must make contact with ball Hit and run - batter must make contact with ball want ball on ground Sac fly - less than 2 outs attempting to score runner on 3rd Squeeze - batter pivots when pitcher makes motion to plate - batter must make contact with ball want ball on ground 10 Hits - line-drive base hits - 10th hit batter runner runs out of batters box thinking double, always!
BP Schedule Hitting/Fielding StationPlayers 1Live hitting a plateHaley/Gangi 22 nd and BucketKenney/Bishop 3Tee 10 swings eachTorres/Natale 4SS and 3 rd Brinkley/Tanzo 5Soft-toss with thunderstickCastano/Carter 6Right Field/Right CenterMiller/Patti 7Bunt StationO’Donnell/Scarpone 8Left Field/Left CenterSullivan/Gately
Bunting SAC-giving up an out to move a runner Bunting for a hit – drag bunt Squeeze – base runner on 3 rd, batter bunts to score the runner. Runner breaks home on the pitchers hand separation.