PROPER PITCHING MECHANICS
6 Position - "Taking sign from the catcher"
Standing with glove in front of the chin, close to the body
Throwing hand and ball in the glove
Take a deep breath and relax the body
Elbows down and relaxed
5 Position - "Rocker Step"
Take a small step backward (4-6") with left foot (opposite for lefties) on a slight angle
Turn right foot (opposite for lefties) so instep is facing the hitter
Foot should be in front of rubber not on the rubber
4 Position - "Balance Position"
Lift left leg (opposite for lefties) to at least 90*
Point toe down
Tuck chest toward leg
Keep hands at chest level
3 Position - "Power Position" or "Stride Position"
Stride toward plate leading with flat foot or toe
Do not "push toward plate, rather glide ina controlled fall to the plate"
Throwing hand breaks down, back and up
Throwing arm ahould be bent to 90*
Lead with right (opposite for lefties) glove and elbow toward hitter
Ball should be facing toward shortstop (second basde for lefties)
Land in a straight line to target with foot
Front foot should be 5-25* closed to keep hip closed
Pitcher should be in "athletic position" (knees and waist slightly bent)
2 Position - "Ball Release"
Pull and Tuck glove to side of chest (next to heart for righthanders/opposite for lefties)
Rotate back foot and hip ("squish the bug")
Throw the ball
Front foot should stay closed (5-25*)
Low back is arched
Chest is forward
75% of weight on front foot, 25% on back foot
1 Position - "Follow Through"
Throwing hand goes out toward hitter, then down across opposite knee
Glove stays close to chest or hip
Feet face the hitter
Waist is bent parallel to ground
Pitcher is on balnce, ready to field the ball.
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