The pitcher in the softball team will be an important player, and this holds true even for the softball that is called slow-pitch. Although the pitcher is not that fast, and slowpitch softball has more things to do with hitter than fastpitch softball, it seems that the pitcher plays a vital role that has to know lots of proper mechanics as well as a few tricks of their trade to make their game the best.
A pitcher begins by keeping the softball with her or his dominant hand. Then they should stand right behind the mound of the pitcher with their feet together. Then they need to swing their arm which is gripping the softball backward in a similar way with that of the pendulum. Next continuing the motion of a pendulum, they should swing their same arm as stepping forward by their opposite leg. It is true that stepping forward will help to release balls with momentum and help to maintain the balance.
When the arm used to pitch passes their hip, they need to release the softball using her palm in the position of facing up. More importantly, they should remember to follow through using her pitch. Once releasing the softball, their pitching arm needs to be almost straight up to ensuring that ball will stay on its intended path. Once the pitch has been complete, they have to quickly turn into a fielder as well as being ready to capture the ball. But it is quite easy for the batter to bunt the ball back to pitchers, and they certainly do not want to capture the ball using their face.
Different pitchers will utilize different grips. Only practice would let them realize which one will work best for them. 1 of the most effective grips for any beginning pitcher is circle grips. With this kind of grip, the index finger and thumb should be placed around the softball’s widest part. The player’s other fingers need be below their index finger. Their hand itself needs to be shaped as a half of the circle, like the way which soda cans are held in their hand. The numerous grips help the pitcher in adjusting speed, control as well as the ball curvature.
Pitch in the slow pitch ball
Things to consider
In many leagues, pitchers legally need to reach a peak at the height of six-twelve feet measured from the surface of the ground. The pitchers need to practice pitching skill anywhere within the range mentioned above to help them throw the batter off. The ball would travel higher in case it’s released slightly after that when the player’s arm touches the hip. Remember that if pitching arm of the pitch is higher up when they release the ball, then the ball would travel less forward because its momentum is directed upwards.
It may help some players to take one step backward or forward while pitching. Both are legal provided their pivot foot still remains in touch with the mound of the pitcher till releasing the ball.
Practice absolutely makes perfect. Also, this is the skill that would be learned as well as improved on over time. So it is really important to practice this kind of throwing when standing on the pitcher’s mound in order for you to know the amount of force you need to have as releasing the softball to pass it into the batter.
Now you know about the way to pitch a slow ball. Next, we will have a look at the function of vision and the vision training in fast pitch softball, which will be shown in own next article.