How To Pitch In Baseball
When learning how to pitch in baseball it is important to remember a few things. First and foremost is that foot positioning is everything when learning how to pitch. It will be much easier to learn how to pitch in baseball if you forget what you already think you know and start from scratch. Pitching is a careful balance of using the correct grip and the correct foot positioning to ensure a strong and aligned pitch every time.
Things you'll need:
- Baseball gloves and ball
- Friend to play catcher's position
- Position your feet. Place your feet firmly on the ground about shoulder width apart from each other. Position yourself on top of the mound with your toes dangling off in front just a little.
- Get into position. Face directly towards the catcher. Keep your toes pointed directly towards your catcher and your heels on the rudder. Place your glove against your chest and rest your elbows at your sides.
- Grip the ball. Grip the ball according to the type of pitch. There are many types of pitches in baseball and each one has a different way of gripping the ball.
- Step forward. Place your left foot forward and step to the left. Shift all your weight to the left foot you used to step forward. Pivot your right foot so it is pressed against the rudder.
- Initiate the pitch. Lift your left leg until it is parallel with your hips. Continue the pitch as you are, facing third base more than home plate. Break your arms away from your chest in a downward and semi-circular motion. Keep your front arm close and position your front elbow at a 45 degree angle.
- Finish the pitch. Reposition your leg and place it back on the ground while continuing with a pivoting motion. Allow the ball to guide your hand and extend your pitching arm out as far as you can from your body. Allow the ball to continue forward and glide off your wrist. Avoid a snapping motion with your wrist to prevent injury.
- Return to pitching position. Retract your arm from the extended position. Return your feet onto the mound and assume pitching position. Practice this to perfect your pitch.
- Start with a simple pitch until you are comfortable with basic pitching.
- Practicing pitching with an experienced player. Critique from experience players always helps in baseball.