Pitching with proper mechanics means strength and balance. Many similarities exist between the hitting, pitching and fielding mechanics. With all fundamentals, young athletes are learning how to use their body to make a baseball move. With regard to pitching, the goal of an instructor is to teach an athlete to execute a pitch while maintaining strength and balance. The head should remain still while the body maximizes energy transfer to deliver the baseball.
Pitch Types and Grips
Beginning Throwing Mechanics
Throwing / Power position
Step and Break - Ball to the wall, fingers on top
Fingers behind ball through release
Beginning Pitching Mechanics
Proper pitching fundamentals are necessary to teach athletes an efficient and safe throwing motion. Basic pitching principles are to separate in rhythm, keep the weight back and get the arm up. Executing these three fundamentals assists pitchers to throw on a downward plane:
For more information, check out my book Coaching the Beginning Pitcher.