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What is the breakdown and duration of the lessons?
Each individual lesson or group session will be 1 hour long. The player/players will start with a dynamic warm up, which will focus on accelerating the heart rate while stretching all of the muscle groups necessary for pitching. Then, player/players will start drill work which will cover the specific needs of each individual player. Following the warm up and drill work, the player/players will begin with the five progression throwing stations. These throwing stations reinforce proper mechanics. The player/ players will begin distance throwing to a catcher or to the nets, with the focal point being on gaining power, and staying in the correct mechanical rhythm. Once the player/players are properly repeating their own individual mechanical process and warmed up, they will then begin their bullpen sessions. The bullpen sessions will be broken down based off individual needs, with proper correction along the way. Each session will spotlight mechanical points, along with increasing the pitcher’s repertoire. After throwing, the players will begin a shoulder/arm conditioning program with light weights and resistance bands. These exercises are the same exercises players use to come back from injuries and the thought is to strengthen the muscles to prevent the injury in the first place. Each player will end the session with drills (homework) to take home and practice during the week.
What should my son being doing on his own?
Going to a pitching instructor for 1 hour of 1 day of 1 week is not enough to see positive results on a pitching end. Players should make sure that they are throwing on a regular basis, following their shoulder/arm conditioning program (minimum of 3x/week), building up their cardiovascular endurance and core strength, while also completing their own individual drill work each week. This sounds like a lot, however if your player can give a minimum of 30 minutes a day to properly practicing their craft, they usually see positive results. * Throwing programs, running programs, and core strength programs are available upon request*
When should my son come see you after his in game pitching?
After pitching in a game you should allow 36- 48 hours before scheduling your next lesson. This will allow for the arm to get proper rest before stepping back on to the mound.
What should my son bring to his lesson?
Running shoes/ turf shoes (make sure they have proper rotational support)
Cleats (Only if outdoors)
A plentiful of water or sports drink
Proper eyewear (Glasses, contacts, sports-goggles if individual needs require)
How much throwing is too much throwing?
What is your basic pitching philosophy?
Pitching Approach- The plan is to attack the hitter with your strengths instead pitching to the hitter’s weaknesses. If you trust in your preparation, the results will follow.
Attack the zone early and often. Getting ahead of the hitter is the most important thing you can do. You as a pitcher limit the pitch and location of the pitch when you fall behind in the count.
Command the inner 1/3 of the plate. You should be throwing fastballs primarily to the inner 1/3 of the plate. No hitter likes when a fastball is riding in on their hands or body. This will also help set up other pitches later in the count.
Pitch to weak contact. The best hitters to ever play the game will get out 7 out of 10 times. You are not pitching for strike outs, you are pitching for outs. Allowing the ball to be put in play will lower your pitch counts, keep your fielders on their toes, while not allowing the hitters to see too many of your pitches.
Controlling the running game. When there are runners on base, your priority should always be the hitter. The runner cannot score unless you allow the hitter to put the ball in play or you make an unforced error. You will control the running game by varying your set holds, and using a quicker delivery to the plate (under 1.4 seconds) to give our catcher an opportunity to throw the runner out.
How can my son gain arm strength?
Although powerful pitching is a full body motion, there are different focus areas to gaining arm strength. The different post throwing exercises focus on the small pitching muscles inside of the shoulder, upper/lower forearm, and back muscles. Increasing the strength of and protecting these muscles help pitchers gain and maintain velocity. Making sure that the pitching muscles are not only strong but flexible is the 1st step in gaining arm strength. Long toss. There is no substitute for throwing. Properly long tossing increases the arm strength while “stretching” the arm. The program that I suggest for pitchers of all ages is the Jaeger Throwing Program. http://www.jaegersports.com/Arm-Strength-and-Conditioning/
Make sure you “know your arm,” before embarking on a long toss program.