5 Steps to Pitching Greatness
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5 Steps to Pitching Greatness

Learn the 5 easy steps to pitching to improve accuracy, movement and velocity. This course is for all baseball players.
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Created by Brandon Smith
Published 10/2011
English
Price: $20
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  • 23 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
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What Will I Learn?
In this course baseball players will learn the 5 Key Reference Points to Pitching
By the end of this course you will be able to pitch out of the wind up
By the end of this course you will be able to pitch out of the stretch
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Requirements
  • Baseball
  • Glove
  • Catcher
  • Area to practice pitching drills and exercises
Description

This course covers the key reference points of pitching out of the wind-up and the stretch, arm strengthening exercises, various pitching grips and pitch count guide lines for youth baseball.

Who is the target audience?
  • Youth Baseball Players
  • Baseball Coaches
  • Parents of Youth Baseball Players
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 7 Lectures Collapse All 7 Lectures 22:40
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My First Section
7 Lectures 22:40

Achieving and maintaining balance during the pitching delivery is paramount to develop a consistent, repeatable delivery.

Preview 03:01

Separation is a vital part of the pitching deliver.
By achieving proper separation a pitcher will be able to 
  • Increase Velocity
  • Improve Accuracy
  • Avoid Injury
Along with Key Reference Points for Separation this Course also Covers
  • Arm Angle
  • Arm Slot
  • Common Mistakes to Avoid During Separation
  • Drill to Improve Separation
Preview 04:15

The Distance and Direction of stride play an important role for a pitcher to have a repeatable delivery.

Tim Lincecum is a current MLB pitcher that has an extremely long stride.

Steve Carlton and Nolan Ryan are Hall of Fame pitchers that also utiized a long stride.

In this course we will discuss what an achieveable stride length should be for your pitchers.

Preview 04:02

Little League Elbow is a very common injury among youth baseball players.

Arm angle, arm slot and release point are three components of the delivery that can lead to arm injuries.

Proper arm angle, arm slot and release point are imperative to having a safe, effecient and effective delivery.

  • Arm Angle is determined based on the elbow relative to the shoulder.
  • Arm Slot is determined based on the wrist relative to the elbow
  • Release point needs to occur in front of the body rather than behind the body

Pitching KRP 4 Release Point
02:20

Finishing pitches is not just a good way to improve accuracy and velocity, it will also help pitchers avoid arm injuries.

  • The follow through needs to be online to the target to improve accuracy
  • Using the latismus dorsi during follow through will reduce stress to the shoulder during the follow through
  • Allowing the back hip and leg to finish high will help pitchers gain velocity on their fast ball by using their large muscle groups
Pitching KRP 5 Follow Through
04:15

Common pitching grips for baseball players include:

  • 4-Seam Fastball
  • 2-Seam Fastball
  • Change-up 
  • Circle Change-up
  • Curveball
  • Slider
  • Cut Fastball
Pitching Grips
03:51

I don't teach this move...

However, I want to show it to you so you can see how other teams may use the balk move to first base when trying to pick off your base runners.

Balk Move
00:56
About the Instructor
Brandon Smith
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171 Students
5 Courses
Professional Baseball Instructor

20+ years instructing youth baseball players

Exercise Health Science degree Kennesaw State University

6 year minor league career

Owned and operated 7 indoor training facilities

Coached high school baseball

Coached high school softball

Authored Blueprint for Baseball

Conducted many coaches clinics for baseball associations