Category Archives: Pitching Mechanics

Pitching Mechanics: Power Position

When your glove side foot hits the ground, you are in the power position. Your legs provide a wide base. Your arm is up and ready to transition forward. Your throwing side elbow should be about shoulder height. Your glove begins to pull into your chest and upper body shifts momentum over the front leg.

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Pitching Mechanics: Stretch Position

I have most kids that I coach go from the stretch position rather than using a wind-up.  It helps you stay balanced and is the position you will use when the game is on the line.  If you have to go from the stretch with a runner on base, why not just do it all the time?

Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart and your weight distributed about 60/40 % in favor of your back leg. This will help you deliver the ball to the plate quickly and not allow base runners to get such a big jump. The outside of your throwing side foot should be lined up with the front edge of the pitching rubber. Your glove side shoulder should be pointed toward home plate. The ball is in your hand, which is in your glove, and rested comfortably between your chest and waist.

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Pitching Mechanics

Too often, I see kids toe the rubber, rock back, swing their arms around and launch the ball toward the plate.  Kids love to emulate their favorite players at the plate and on the mound.  Heck, I did it too.  I would take the mound and do my best Rob Dibble impersonation, unbalanced and with my momentum going in all different directions.  I assumed this would help me throw heat right past anyone who dared step in the batter’s box.

Once I began spending more time behind the plate rather than 60 feet in front of it, I realized that the vast majority of people (including myself) had been going about it all wrong.  A high-90s fastball is great, but it takes a lot more than a good fastball to get hitters out.  There is no substitute for sound pitching mechanics and a catcher that can call a game.

Pitching Mechanics Breakdown

  1. Stretch Position
  2. Leg Lift/Balance Point
  3. Break
  4. Power Position
  5. Release Point
  6. Follow Through