114-Stride, Stop, Check, Throw Player strides like he is going to throw to their partner.Stop at Power Position.Look back to check that fingers are on top of the ball directly behind.Look back at target and finish throw.
35Teach the Changeup! Different grips for different ages/pitchers. Circle, Pitch Fork, Split grips.Examples with baseballs.How to get good at throwing the changeup.
36Correcting Mistakes Throwing Too High Releasing the ball too early. They should work on step one of playing catch to reestablish proper release point.Stride is too short, causing the arm to release the ball too early. Have them practice their stride without throwing a ball.Standing too tall, creating an upward plane towards target. Ball will sail. Work on playing catch close together.Stride too long. Arm tries to compensate by throwing up hill. Follow same routine as striding too short.
37Correcting Mistakes ctd. Throwing Too LowReleasing the ball too late. Step one of playing catch work.Stride is too long. Follow stride routine.Stride is too short. Same as above.
38Correcting Mistakes ctd Missing TargetsTeach four seam grip.Make sure they are stepping at their target.Make sure their fingers are on top of the ball.Watch their release point.Shorten the distance the player has to throw.Use wall drill.Put them in a position to succeed.
39Practice Pitching!Pitchers get better at pitching by practicing pitching!Repetitions with less effort.Off the mound and flat ground.Work situations (0-0 count, 0-2 count, inside, outside, take situations, etc.)
40Drills Towel drill Black and white ball Blind fold Inside outside Long toss21Simulated gameScreen ThrowingTarget practice at each stepFreeze
41Pitcher Mentality Need to know when to forget and when to remember. Keep the game moving.Don’t show up the umpire.Only control what you can control.Be in command at all times!
42Pitch to Contact- Walks Are Not Acceptable Goal is not to strike everyone out.Goal is to pitch late into the game.Trust your defense.Make hitters earn their way on base.Walks lead to runs. We want to prevent runs.
432014 Hopkins Baseball Youth Coaches Clinic Welcome!We will be starting at 6:00.There are three presenters tonight.
44Tonight’s Schedule 6:00-7:00: Proper warm-up and cool-down for the baseball player. Basic strength, conditioning, and nutrition will also be discussed. Bryan Everett (Hopkins High School Varsity Assistant Coach/Personal Trainer at LifeTime Fitness).7:00-8:00: Infield defense. Focus will be on proper technique for the infielder, including drills and how to correct potential problems. Neil Lerner (Concordia College St. Paul Assistant Coach).8:00-9:00: Correct throwing fundamentals with a focus on pitching. Proper mechanics, drills, and grips will be discussed. Pat Berger (Hopkins High School Varsity Head Coach).