Few questions for the group

Few questions for the group

Post by Steven Meadow » Thu, 10 May 2001 08:18:32


I am new to posting here, so be gentle.

I am a father of twin 8 yr olds.  Next season they will be moving up to 10U
fast pitch, if you can call 10U fast pitch, but nevertheless.  One wants to
be a pitcher, and the other a catcher.  Problem is is that they are fairly
new to the sport.  Amber started fallball last go round and Chandice started
playing this season.  To make a long story short, Chandice wants to be the
pitcher and you can figure out the rest.  I have a strong feeling we'll
probably wind up finding a pitching coach for Chandice, but I would like to
help her along before then.  I was wondering if there are any drills or
things I should be looking for in her evolution into the ace pitcher she
wants to be.  Granted at the moment she has a weak arm and bat, but those
things can be fixed with time.  I know she'll probably won't be a pitcher
next season, maybe not at the start but that's why I want to start working
with her now.  Amber has a strong bat, but somewhat weak arm, but with both,
what is expected for first time players.  One question is, is catching the
same in softball as in baseball, I would assume so since the whole objective
is to catch the ball.  I have a feeling that Amber will make a strong
catcher with time.

Another question is on batting, any techniques you know of for a batter not
watching the ball as it comes to the plate?


appreciated.

Thanks in advance
Steven Meadows

 
 
 

Few questions for the group

Post by Wes Linnenban » Thu, 10 May 2001 06:08:12

I suggest you start out with a qualified pitching coach immediately.  I have
found that what I logically thought would work does not always translate to
reality in fastpitch.  The problem is finding a coach.  Where do you live, you
may get some suggestions here.

Wes
Texas Speed

Quote:

> I am new to posting here, so be gentle.

> I am a father of twin 8 yr olds.  Next season they will be moving up to 10U
> fast pitch, if you can call 10U fast pitch, but nevertheless.  One wants to
> be a pitcher, and the other a catcher.  Problem is is that they are fairly
> new to the sport.  Amber started fallball last go round and Chandice started
> playing this season.  To make a long story short, Chandice wants to be the
> pitcher and you can figure out the rest.  I have a strong feeling we'll
> probably wind up finding a pitching coach for Chandice, but I would like to
> help her along before then.  I was wondering if there are any drills or
> things I should be looking for in her evolution into the ace pitcher she
> wants to be.  Granted at the moment she has a weak arm and bat, but those
> things can be fixed with time.  I know she'll probably won't be a pitcher
> next season, maybe not at the start but that's why I want to start working
> with her now.  Amber has a strong bat, but somewhat weak arm, but with both,
> what is expected for first time players.  One question is, is catching the
> same in softball as in baseball, I would assume so since the whole objective
> is to catch the ball.  I have a feeling that Amber will make a strong
> catcher with time.

> Another question is on batting, any techniques you know of for a batter not
> watching the ball as it comes to the plate?


> appreciated.

> Thanks in advance
> Steven Meadows


 
 
 

Few questions for the group

Post by Leigh Sutto » Thu, 10 May 2001 11:51:20

I wouldn't really be concerned about "weak" bats or arms. Good mechanics is the
key to everything. Remember there are fundamental differences between a softball
swing and baseball swing. Boys have their power in the chest and shoulders and
girls have their power in their hips and legs.

If you can't find a suitable pitching coach, I would suggest going to as many
tournaments as possible it's a good source of  education. There are various web
sites such as http://www.eteamz.com/fastpitch/instruction/tips/ and videos (try your local library) that can help with the fundamentals, but it's still no
substitute for a good pitching coach

Quote:

> I am new to posting here, so be gentle.

> I am a father of twin 8 yr olds.  Next season they will be moving up to 10U
> fast pitch, if you can call 10U fast pitch, but nevertheless.  One wants to
> be a pitcher, and the other a catcher.  Problem is is that they are fairly
> new to the sport.  Amber started fallball last go round and Chandice started
> playing this season.  To make a long story short, Chandice wants to be the
> pitcher and you can figure out the rest.  I have a strong feeling we'll
> probably wind up finding a pitching coach for Chandice, but I would like to
> help her along before then.  I was wondering if there are any drills or
> things I should be looking for in her evolution into the ace pitcher she
> wants to be.  Granted at the moment she has a weak arm and bat, but those
> things can be fixed with time.  I know she'll probably won't be a pitcher
> next season, maybe not at the start but that's why I want to start working
> with her now.  Amber has a strong bat, but somewhat weak arm, but with both,
> what is expected for first time players.  One question is, is catching the
> same in softball as in baseball, I would assume so since the whole objective
> is to catch the ball.  I have a feeling that Amber will make a strong
> catcher with time.

> Another question is on batting, any techniques you know of for a batter not
> watching the ball as it comes to the plate?


> appreciated.

> Thanks in advance
> Steven Meadows


 
 
 

Few questions for the group

Post by bighornbil » Thu, 10 May 2001 15:38:52

I stongly second the pitching coach idea.  I know I tried to do it all
myself at the start, and totally screwed my daughter's pitching up.  She's
talking about suing me for $700K.

After you start working with a good coach, though, there's no
reason you can't also get Ernie Parker's tapes, and Barry Sammon's book.

Good Luck!


Quote:
> I suggest you start out with a qualified pitching coach immediately.  I
have
> found that what I logically thought would work does not always translate
to
> reality in fastpitch.  The problem is finding a coach.  Where do you live,
you
> may get some suggestions here.

> Wes
> Texas Speed


> > I am new to posting here, so be gentle.

> > I am a father of twin 8 yr olds.  Next season they will be moving up to
10U
> > fast pitch, if you can call 10U fast pitch, but nevertheless.  One wants
to
> > be a pitcher, and the other a catcher.  Problem is is that they are
fairly
> > new to the sport.  Amber started fallball last go round and Chandice
started
> > playing this season.  To make a long story short, Chandice wants to be
the
> > pitcher and you can figure out the rest.  I have a strong feeling we'll
> > probably wind up finding a pitching coach for Chandice, but I would like
to
> > help her along before then.  I was wondering if there are any drills or
> > things I should be looking for in her evolution into the ace pitcher she
> > wants to be.  Granted at the moment she has a weak arm and bat, but
those
> > things can be fixed with time.  I know she'll probably won't be a
pitcher
> > next season, maybe not at the start but that's why I want to start
working
> > with her now.  Amber has a strong bat, but somewhat weak arm, but with
both,
> > what is expected for first time players.  One question is, is catching
the
> > same in softball as in baseball, I would assume so since the whole
objective
> > is to catch the ball.  I have a feeling that Amber will make a strong
> > catcher with time.

> > Another question is on batting, any techniques you know of for a batter
not
> > watching the ball as it comes to the plate?


greatly
> > appreciated.

> > Thanks in advance
> > Steven Meadows

 
 
 

Few questions for the group

Post by Coach Gr » Thu, 10 May 2001 15:57:19

Quote:
>One wants to
>be a pitcher, and the other a catcher.

oh what a break.  be nice to that little catcher.  with any luck she is going
to save you years of chasing bad pitches, numerous bruised shins, sore bucket
squat knees and possibly rotator cuff problems (love those 55 mph***balls)
 
 
 

Few questions for the group

Post by Andy Anderso » Thu, 10 May 2001 23:23:30

Dont forget "Catchers thumb"
Quote:

> >One wants to
> >be a pitcher, and the other a catcher.

> oh what a break.  be nice to that little catcher.  with any luck she is going
> to save you years of chasing bad pitches, numerous bruised shins, sore bucket
> squat knees and possibly rotator cuff problems (love those 55 mph***balls)

 
 
 

Few questions for the group

Post by SNDVL » Fri, 11 May 2001 05:26:02

How about the 60 mph ones!