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Discussion: pitching tips

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Nov. 4, 2018
1 posts
pitching tips
I know pitchers do not like to reveal their tricks. I am an up and coming pitcher of 19 years old from TN. I am fixing to be pitching a tournament this weekend that will end the year for me and my team. I am looking for any type of pitching advice from different pitches to styles to grips etc. I do work with some local pitcher around where i live and play at that have pitched in majors, but im always looking to make another step up. I have made 99% of my friends playing ball. I get along very well with older players because i am as some would say old school in my ways.I am always willing to learn so if anybody would be willing to help i would appreciate it a lot. Thank you.
Nov. 5, 2018
Men's 65
2097 posts
C'mon, somebody must have some tips.
Nov. 5, 2018
Men's 60
109 posts
There is a few pretty current videos on Youtube that show how to throw knuckle & curv balls.Slohub inc.
Nov. 6, 2018
Men's 60
342 posts
youngblood - I started pitching when I was 19 as well, that was a LONG time ago! :-)

As far as tips, I will tell you it's important to have a pitch that you can throw for a strike ALL THE TIME (or pretty close to it). Walking guys will usually end up scoring unless you are doing so with a purpose (first base open and creating force play OR you know the guys you are pitching to is looking to hit a HR and you have men on base, solo's are a good thing unless you are playing unlimited HR).

The rest, depends on whether you are playing ASA, NSA or Utrip. Obviously Utrip allows you to try and do more, with fakes and lower trajectory. Also, you are allowed 3 feet from release so learn to be able to throw from a lower angle, allows a quicker trajectory towards the batter. ASA or NSA, move ball side to side and learn to drop behind the plate (if not pitching to plate and mat). We play plate and mat and in my mind makes it a LOT easier, takes different umpires strike zones out of the equation so all I have to do is find out where their height limits are (though they still tend to miss calling strikes when it hits the plate or mat occasionally which is frustrating but they are human) lol

Try and throw a strike the first pitch, always put the batter on the defense and then nibble. Good hitters will hit ANYTHING, you need to try and get the other guys out! :-)

Finally, try and not show up your fielders if they make an error. Back in my younger days I sadly did this, not a good look and hurts the team. They are not trying to mess up so focus on getting the next guy out.

Oh, wear protective gear, ball comes back pretty quickly! LOL

And as Bruster says, you can watch games on YouTube, some tips there. Good luck this weekend, I will be pitching this weekend myself!
Nov. 6, 2018
7 posts
This will depend upon your release, but for me when I hold the ball cross seams it will go straight and when I hold it with the seams it will curve.
Nov. 6, 2018
15 posts
I concur with VinnyG on the seams grip.
Also mck71's advice on the safety gear. Nothing like taking one off the shin to water your eyes and set a guy limping.
Nov. 7, 2018
Men's 65
71 posts
VINNYG and Mike47,

For your grip when holding the ball across or with the seams, do you use your index finger and the finger next to it, or do you use your two middle fingers?

Bruster55, thanks for the Slohub video suggestion.

Thanks, Turbobob
Nov. 8, 2018
7 posts
I use my index finger and the finger next to it.
Nov. 8, 2018
Men's 65
71 posts
Youngblood19, I am a right handed pitcher in a local league and used the grips described by Vinny and Mike. Had real good control when gripping cross seams, and had a curve of about a foot to the left when gripped with the seams. I used a release with my palm facing up and did nothing fancy such as twisting my wrist, etc. to get the curve. Great advice.

Will experiment with gripping with the middle fingers to see what effect that has.

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