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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Baseball Pitching Quick Coaching Tips

Our official practice start date was Monday. We had out second day of practice today. Just a few quick coaching points on teaching young pitchers the basics fundamentals. I watched the JV pitchers Bullpen for a while and I saw several flaws that had to be addressed:

1. Make sure that they go through the Balance, Seperation, Stride, and Finish. Make them stay low and get a late 1/3 stride top rotation.
2. Make sure that the let the lift let toe is relaxed and downward and that the lift leg gets to parallel with the ground. They seperate the hands when the leg starts down and then forward, Many young pitchers want to led with the hip, make then have balance and lead with the foot and leg.
3. Make sure that the front foot's landing step is not "heel down" but rather a soft landing on the ball of the foot.
4. Many of them have to much motion,head & body. Some of them show a lot of potential. I was impressed with several of the new younger guys that seem to have real good live arms.

Blake Martin, one of my former players(04), LSU standout and drafted last spring by the TWINS came by after practice today. He is going to start working our with out pitchers, bullpening and coaching them, next week. Jeremy Vinyard, one of my players,(07), drafted and playing in the REDS farm league is also going to start bullpening with our staff next week. Good to see and hear from those guys. Hopefully they will help our young kids learn and improve.

Good Luck, Til next Time, Nick

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Have a great day, Nick