With spring knocking on the door, there's not much time to get in shape before teams start suiting up for baseball practice. If you are a pitcher, nothing is more important than making sure your arm is in shape long before the first scrimmages start.
Last summer, Jim Bain wrote an excellent article on the Coachs Best blog, titled, " 3 Drills to Help Improve You [sic] Pitching Mechanics in the Offseason." For those unfamiliar with Jim Bain, he is a former minor leaguer who has spent the past ten years coaching youth baseball while also running the learn-youth-baseball-coaching.com website. Lots of great info there!
I just figured not too many people were even thinking about the off-season since the regular season was just heating up when the article was published, so now would be a good time to revisit Jim's piece. It is not just an article about pitching drills to stay in shape; it is a detailed set of instructions for ingraining proper pitching mechanics and muscle memory through the use of three simple exercises.
The first drill requires another player (perhaps two pitchers could do it together) and 40-50 feet of space, the second requires no equipment or space at all and the third can be done by yourself in the backyard.
Check out the article and work on these three things for the next month. I guarantee that you will enter the new baseball season as a stronger, more accurate pitcher with a renewed confidence!
Oh, and if you don't want these guys blowing fastballs by you, now would be an excellent time to start working on your hitting, too. Visit our main website for discount pitching machines and backyard batting cages now!
Pitching Machine Stop Quote of the Day:"Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa." - Casey Stengel