Pitching Tips for Youth Baseball Players

Youth Baseball Pitching Tips Last week in our blog, “7 Steps To The Perfect Baseball Swing,” we broke down the swing step-by-step to help you better understand the complex mechanics behind what seems like such a simple thing. See the ball, swing the bat. But as you learned last week, there is a little more to it than that. This week, we are going to take a look at the opposite end of the spectrum: pitching.

Every youth baseball player wants to be a pitcher. Period. End of story. When you are pitching, you are a part of each and every play. You are the center of attention. So, as you can imagine, it takes a lot of courage to be a pitcher. It certainly isn’t a job for the faint of heart, especially when a great game can turn into a catastrophe in just one pitch.

Of course, becoming a great pitcher is a little more complicated than just overcoming your fears. Pitching is a complex practice, much like hitting. This is why we have outlined several Pitching Tips for Youth Baseball Players.

  1. Stay Closed and Don’t Fly Open: Youth baseball players need to learn how to stay closed. Flying open is a common fault experienced by many young pitchers. Staying closed means that until that stride foot hits the ground, your lead elbow, shoulders, and throwing arm must stay aligned to the plate. Flying open occurs when the upper body, shoulders, and arms open with the stride leg and front hip. This causes the arm to drag.
  2. Stride Towards the Target: When striding, make sure you do so towards your target. Too often, pitchers will not stride straight. Their plant foot will land to the left or right of their target, as a result, the rest of their body has to compensate. Step and direct your entire body directly at the target.
  3. Look Down Your Sites: During your stride, point your outside elbow (non-throwing arm) towards your target. This is what we mean by looking down your sites. This is the point where accuracy comes into play. You can do everything else right, you can throw harder than anyone else, but if you don’t have accuracy, you don’t have anything.
  4. Avoid the Overthrow: Do not try to pitch harder than what feels comfortable and natural. You are a young pitcher, velocity will come. For now, it is more important to focus on proper mechanics and accuracy.

We hope you have found our Pitching Tips for Youth Baseball Players both fun and educational. Now get to work and start improving. And don’t forget to tell us how you are doing throughout the season. We want to hear your success stories. So visit our Facebook page and let us know how you are doing!

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