There are many factors that affect pitching velocity. However, the stack and track movement can account for about 20% of velocity. The stack and track is a key part of the kinetic chain in your pitching sequence. Improving it can help boost your pitching velocity. In this article, we explain what stack and track is,
Many youth pitching coaches teach their players to ice their arms after a game. However, this might not actually help with healing and recovery. It’s a common misconception that ice can help pitchers heal faster or more effectively. However, research doesn’t really support this claim. So, let’s discuss why ice might not be a good
Improving pitching velocity is important, but equally important is using that velocity to your advantage. After all, a pitcher’s job is to get hitters out. Therefore, it’s important to learn and use strategies that can help increase the number of strikes you throw. Understanding effective velocity may help with this. In this article, we’ll go
We get a lot of questions about what pitchers should do in the off season. Many ask whether they should take pitching lessons or rest completely for a few weeks or months. There are a lot of misconceptions about what pitchers should do immediately following the season. Many of these misconceptions are ineffective or may
Part of helping youth pitching athletes become better pitchers is helping them with the fundamentals. Nutrition is one important fundamental for not only pitching performance, but also overall health. Why is Nutrition So Important for Youth Pitching Athletes? Why is it so important for kids, and particularly athletes, to prioritize nutrition? Vitamins, minerals, and nutrients
Have your previous pitching lessons included instruction to stay tall and get your hand up as high as possible during release? This is a common thing coaches teach to pitchers. However, it may not be the most efficient or effective strategy. When talking about release point height, we also need to discuss release distance. Increasing
Youth pitching fatigue is a serious problem. Fatigue at any age or skill level can have harmful effects on a pitcher. That’s why it’s so important for coaches and parents to help their young players recognize fatigue and know the risks. Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware of the problems that pitching while fatigued can cause.
For many players, early trunk rotation or over rotation can reduce pitching velocity. A common misconception is that “striding straight” will help reduce the risk of early trunk rotation. However, is this true? Our research suggests this piece of advice might not be accurate. Is Pitching Velocity Affected by Stride Direction into Foot Strike? You
Should pitchers land on the ball of their foot or on the heel when landing foot strike? A lot of outdated advice says players should land on the toe or the ball of their foot. However, this may not offer many advantages to the player. Instead, players may benefit from pitching instruction that focuses on
The slide step is still a common thing taught in pitching lessons. The main idea behind the slide step pitch is to get the ball into the catcher’s hands as quickly as possible. Coaches far and wide tell pitchers to use this move when there are runners on base to try to prevent base stealing.