Softball – Introduction to Pitching Mechanics

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Softball coach Suzy Willemssen breaks down pitching mechanics.

    Suzy Willemssen

    Suzy is an instructor at the Frozen Ropes Baseball/Softball facility in Chantilly, VA, the head coach of Blue Jays Gold, an 18u ASA junior olympic team and is also the Varsity Softball Head Coach at Chantilly HS. Prior to the Chantilly position, she was the Assistant Varsity Softball Coach for West Springfield High School from 2003-2005 and the Assistant Junior Varsity Softball Coach in 2002. In 2004 Suzy was awarded the Patriot District Assistant Coach of the Year. Suzy played softball at the University of Iowa where she majored in physical education. She has worked numerous softball camps and clinics throughout the Northern VA area and is known for her knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for the game.

    Hi. I am Susie Willimson and I am a Travel Ball and high school softball coach. I have Christie here helping demonstrate some basic fastpitch softball skills. In particular, we are going to discuss some of the pitching mechanics. With this segment, we are going to have Christie just do her full motion and as she is going through the full motion, I want you to look at how rhythmic she is, how fluid she has, she has a tempo and Christie, lets see you have just start throwing and also we will talk about some other things you need to take an account when you are pitching in fastpitch softball. In addition to how Christie is rhythmic and fluid, she needs to start with both feet on the mount, to get the side from pitcher and then just lets it go. Now, we all know pitching is trying to disrupt what is the ultimate goal of every hitter and that is timing. So, since hitting is all about timing, a pitchers job is to do whatever she can do to disrupt that. So, a good thing for pitchers to learn initially is going to be the fastball, then the change-up and then a drop ball, those are three great foundation pitches for beginning pitchers and you also could throw a curve ball, a screw ball, a rise ball is also great pitch because that also breaks the planes, north and south but to throw a true rise ball, you need to be able to throw the ball about at least 58 miles an hour. So, in our next segment, we are going to break down each one of those pitches and have Christie demonstrate the grips and show you what those pitches look like.