Category: Practice

Drills to increase your pitching speed

Wall throws

Stand as close as you can to a wall and still throw with a full motion. You should use a softie for this drill. It is also good if you use a mound to pitch from. You should do your normal windup and then try to explode the ball through the wall.

Pitching close to the wall will help you remain quick and aggressive. Since you are throwing to a wall, there is no focus on control. When you are working on speed, you should not be concerned with speed. Throw about 5 pitches and back up from the wall.

Throw 5 more pitches as aggressive and hard as you can and then back up. You should continue backing up until you feel that you loose the “quickness.” As soon as you lose the quickness, move back up and work to be faster.

REMEMBER TO GIVE 100% EFFORT ON EVERY PITCH. It is not a race, pace yourself and give everything you have. This drill will also help in the reaction time for balls hit back to the pitcher.

Wall throws with endurance added in: Stand as close as you can to a wall and still throw with a full motion. You should use a softie for this drill. It is also good if you use a mound to pitch from.

You should do your normal windup and then try to explode the ball through the wall. Throw as many pitches as you can in one minute. As soon as you catch the ball, you should be get on the mound and pitch it immediately into the wall.

Throw easy for two minutes and then repeat the drill. REMEMBER TO GIVE 100% EFFORT ON EVERY PITCH. This drill will also help in the reaction time for balls hit back to the pitcher.

Speed circles

The pitcher should get into a stride position (the stride foot out toward the catcher with the front foot at 45 degrees and the back foot at 45 degrees as well.

The feet should be a little wider than shoulder width and both toes should be on the power line – a line drawn from the center of the mound directly toward the target).

The pitcher should make three circles with her arm as fast as she can while keeping the shoulder relaxed and release the ball. The focus is to increase the arm speed.

The glove hand should be up at least shoulder height and in line to the target. The pitcher should do this 10 times and then do 2 circles and release for 10 times and then do 1 circle for 10 times.

If the hand begins to tingle, relax it long enough to recover and then try again. ***Some athletes will have difficulty doing the three circles without pain. STOP IMMEDIATELY IF PAIN IS FELT. There should be no pain in any pitching motion. Try two circles and then only one.

Walking drill

Begin one step behind the mound with the feet together. The pitcher should have the ball separated from the glove of pitcher in the throwing hand. At the same time, the pitcher will take a step and present the ball and then throw hard to the wall or net.

The focus is to take an aggressive step and drive off the mound. The step gets the momentum going for the pitcher. Try the drill for 10 times and then alternate a regular pitch from the mound and then a walking drill.
More drills coming..