Many families recently returned from hiking, biking, wakeboarding, traveling, or the beach; however these fun trips probably did not include baseball gloves. Not to worry, here are some ways how to get ready for opening day (without spending three weeks in Florida at Spring Training). Pitching, like everything else requires preparation, balance, and an acute mental aptitude.
Let’s start with preparation; there is no substitute for a plan, especially a proven plan. Best pitching system I have found is a five step warm up that will get your child pumping strikes in no time at all.
*Step 1- Arrive to the field and start with a mild pace jog (2-4 minutes).
*Step 2- Perform a dynamic warm up (3-5 minutes).
*Step 3- Drill #1- “Shadow Box” 10 throws. How to perform the drill- your feet should be shoulder width apart (keep your feet still), only using your hands to play catch with your partner. The goal is to throw the ball around belt high.
*Step 4- Drill #2- “Power Position” 10 throws. How to perform the drill- your feet should be wider than shoulder width, your throwing hand should be high and facing backwards, and your glove hand should be strong and pointed 90 degrees (elbow to your partner). The goal is to throw the ball around belt high.
*Step 5- Drill #3- “Balance Point” 15 throws. How to perform the drill- Hold your balance point for two seconds, throw, and then hold your balance for two seconds after you throw. The goal is to extend toward your partner, while remaining balanced throughout the drill.
Perform this routine three to four times before your child’s first outing and you will see the rust come right off!
*Please note the warm up and drills become more intense and longer with age.