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Softball Pitching Mechanics Every Player Should Avoid

Softball Pitching Mechanics Every Player Should Avoid

To be a top player in softball, you must understand softball pitching. Well, this no doubt requires focus, energy, time, and training to perfect. For the softball pitcher, perfect communication is required with the catcher already at the waiting plate to identify the right pitches and prevent opponents hitting the ball. Using the wrong pitching mechanics can be dangerous and can at times even end careers in softball. Here are common softball pitching methods that every player should avoid.

1. Overusing

When a player uses incorrect pitching tactics, there is a risk injuring rotating cuffs and shoulders. For example, if you use roll-over drop technique, the likelihood of getting an injury is very high. While there are no specific recommendations about the number of pitches that are safe, it is prudent to exercise restraint.

  • Be sensitive during training to know personal limits
  • Make sure to get ample rest between innings

2. Lack of ample stretching and warm up

During the tournament day, many are the players who take warm up lightly. They rush through warm up and get into the game when the body is not fully prepared. This could be a recipe for disaster. For pitchers, taking ample exercises like jogging is crucial even before getting to pitching mood. This helps to make muscles loose and bring concentration necessary to direct more energy to the muscles and other areas.

3. Practicing breaking pitches too soon

To practice pitch drop balls or curve balls among other tough pitches, you need to develop and adapt the wrist bone structure. Here there is no short cut; get a taut wrist and energize fast so that the ball can be released in a spinning and fast pace. However, many players take time to develop this level of bone toughness and wrist snap but end up trying and risking their hands. For coaches, it is prudent to be patient with players and not force them to trying breaking pitches too soon.

4. Practicing chicken wing

Chicken wing also called commonly referred to as ‘elbow of the player’ is when a player allows the elbow to fly doing a pitching maneuver. It can easily cause intensive damaged to the elbow and shoulder. In addition to this, chicken swinging makes the pitcher lose ball control. If a player uses tactics such as snapover, the elbow and shoulder take the shape of a chicken wing after releasing the ball. You can avoid this by curling the shoulder to the body and only using the wrist and forearm to snap the ball.

5. Tugging the shoulders, neck and upper back

While every pitcher need to whip the arm when pitching in order to attain optimal speed, one of the greatest mistakes that players do is snapping the back, upper back and head. Consistent jerking when releasing the pitch raises the likelihood of misaligning the upper back and neck bones that can result to extensive even to the head.

Being a great softball player means understanding the game, developing the right skills, and more importantly avoiding injuries. If you avoid these injuries, you can rest assured of becoming a great player and helping your team to keep winning.

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