Pitching in slow pitch softball

Pitching in slow pitch softball

Post by J J Malo » Fri, 14 Feb 1997 04:00:00


This summer I will be doing some pitching in a slow pitch men's league. Does
anyone have some helpful hints for this kind of pitching? In particular, what
is a good way to curve the ball or make it drop? Are there any books or articles
about slow pitch pitching? Any help will be appreciated.

 
 
 

Pitching in slow pitch softball

Post by John Mianowsk » Fri, 14 Feb 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> This summer I will be doing some pitching in a slow pitch men's league. Does
> anyone have some helpful hints for this kind of pitching? In particular, what
> is a good way to curve the ball or make it drop? Are there any books or articles
> about slow pitch pitching? Any help will be appreciated.

I've had several slow-pitch pitchers (& others, too) claim to me that
they can throw wicked curves, etc., but as far as I'm concerned you're
not going to fool any decent hitter who's paying attention!

This doesn't mean that you have to just serve up BP, however.  Depending
on the level of competition, you may find yourself up against a variety
of competencies and attention spans on the part of opposing hitters.
Master the following pitches:

- The basic delivery (arm supinated - ball rolls off your hand turning
back-to-front, over the top).
- Reverse spin (arm pronated - release with your palm down - backward
rotation, slight tendency to drop, and also tends to induce
pops/grounders).
- Curve/side spin (arm neutral - palm facing body, axis of spin same as
direction of flight).
- Knuckle ball - grip with finger tips - very little/no spin - a light
breeze can make one do fun things if you do it right!

In addition:

- Learn to control and change the rates of spin of all pitches.
- Mix up your pitches during the game - make the hitters wonder as much
as possible.
- Mix up your deliver (i.e. quick-pitch, wait, look around, etc.) from
pitch to pitch - push the limits of what your sanctioning organization
allows (read the Pitching Rule section of your rule book).
- Think about what (if anything) drives you nuts as a hitter, and start
doing that!

JM

 
 
 

Pitching in slow pitch softball

Post by Adam Schneide » Fri, 14 Feb 1997 04:00:00

My advice would be: remember the hitters when they come up again.  If someone
swings at lousy outside pitches and strikes out their first time up, do it
again.  If you know they're going to take the first pitch no matter what (a
lot of people do this), make sure the first one's a strike.

(And if someone hits a line drive up the middle on a good pitch... next time,
be ready to duck!)

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