Head Baseball Coach University of North Alabama
Coaching Baseball: Pitching Fundamentals Part Seven A lot of research has been done in the last 15 years on the mechanics of the body in various sports. The best coaches have incorporated the findings from this research into the way they coach pitching. It's not just about improving the skill of the pitcher, it's about preventing injury. In this baseball clinic series, Coach Mike Lane goes over the fundamentals of pitching using various drills while teaching proper body mechanics and techniques for maximum pitch power.
Coach Lane begins this baseball pitching series with a focus on the upper body mechanics of pitching. Positioned on one knee, the pitchers go from gun-side L to rotation to release. In this segment, the players work on the 2-seam and 4-seam fast ball.
In this segment, pitchers learn how to reduce stress on the arm while throwing effectively. Coach focuses on the Change-up and Curveball. Again the lesson learned is the importance of proper mechanics and grip to give power to the pitch.
The Slider is up next in this baseball pitching series. Then it's time to incorporate lower body mechanics into this pitching clinic. Using a "white line to white line" pitching drill, Coach teaches pitchers the proper way to rotate the body for maximum power.
In this segment, pitchers learn how to use the lower body and foot position to keep the pitch straight and keep from dropping the elbow. The "three count drill" demonstrated here works on balance. Then pitchers learn proper head position and how to pitch the baseball with power from the back to the front.
Time to take a look at the Wind-up. Using a 5 count movement, pitchers learn how to do the wind-up properly with adequate weight retention for a solid pitch.
The Curveball with an extended stride depends on lower body mechanics, as do all breaking balls. The pitch itself will tell players what aspect of their mechanics needs fine-tuning. The key, as always, is rotation before forward movement.
A lot of research has been done in the last 15 years on the mechanics of the body in various sports. The best coaches have incorporated the findings from this research into the way they coach pitching. It's not just about improving the skill of the pitcher, it's about preventing injury. Coach discusses how the pros pitch and shows photos of proper body mechanics in this segment.
Coach wraps up this pitching clinic by showing the pros in the right positions for various pitches. Players learn how to read the pitch based on arm, head, and body position.