A Pitcher's Pre-Game Routine
On game day, the pitcher bears a lot of responsibility on the outcome of a game. A team relies on their pitcher to bring a competitive intensity to the mound, one that requires preparation. Prior to toeing the rubber to start any game, the pitcher should have a well defined routine to get themselves physically and mentally ready to pitch.
A Pitcher's Pre-Pitch Preparation
Pitching is one of the most difficult skill sets for amateur players to master. It's a position that requires both physical repetition and mental fortitude on each and every pitch. More than any other position, a pitcher must be able to live pitch-to-pitch, quickly moving beyond errors and turning their attention to the next delivery.
Advanced Biomechanics of the Pitching Delivery
Proper pitching mechanics are critical for both the success and health of a baseball pitcher of any level. Poor mechanics can lead to increased stress on the elbow or shoulder, increasing the risk of serious injury.
Basics of the Delivery
The direct correlation between a sound, repeatable pitching motion and success on the mound can't be overstated. As difficult as pitching can be, the many variables around the game can make it that much harder. The pitcher needs to learn what they can and what they can't control. This starts with their delivery.
Variations of the Fastball
The fastball is a pitcher's most important weapon. It provides the foundation for everything else he does on the mound. It doesn't matter if a pitcher's fastball maxes out in the low-80s or hits triple digits -- the ability to throw it for strikes is the key to success.
Many pitchers will experience early success based solely on their ability to locate their fastball. However, regardless of a pitcher's velocity or his command, eventually he'll need to develop secondary pitches to keep hitters guessing and off-balance. The first off-speed pitch that is introduced to a young pitcher should undoubtedly be the change-up.
Basic Fundamentals of Holding Runners and Pick-Offs
Some of the most effective measures that a pitcher takes when holding runners on base can be accomplished without even throwing the ball. The pitcher's primary objective when holding runners on base is to keep them out of rhythm and uncomfortable, not to pick them off.