Tips on Pitching Modified Pitch Softball
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Modified pitch softball is a combination of slow-pitch and fast-pitch softball. In modified pitch the pitcher cannot use a windup or fast circular motion in order to deliver the pitch. Each pitch is delivered with one quick motion, without a large arch like slow-pitch and with ball velocity slower than in fast-pitch softball. Modified pitch softball games have higher scores because of this simplified pitching style. Bunting and stealing are allowed which makes games less like slow-pitch softball and more like baseball.
It is important for modified pitch pitchers to be aware of the mechanics they are allowed to use in this style of softball. The pitcher must have the ball in her possession before even taking the pitching position and she must start her pitch with both feet in contact with the plate. The player cannot stay in pitching position with the ball in both hands for more than 10 seconds before starting her delivery. Along with not being able to wind her arm like a windmill or slingshot, the pitcher must deliver the ball with her palm facing downwards and below hip level. Pitchers are not allow to use a fake stance or mislead a batter in any way.
Without being able to wind up, the pitch modified pitchers find it hard to increase their pitching speed to a level anywhere near fast-pitch speeds. But increasing the velocity even a few miles per hour can be productive in striking out more players. A simple exercise to increase velocity in your pitching is to kneel on one knee while pitching. This creates resistance because the body is not in movement with the pitch and it will help increase muscle tone which will increase velocity. Another velocity drill is to have someone hold the pitchers arm near her body and let the pitcher practice throwing the ball with only the hand in movement. This exercise help pitchers feel the power of releasing with the fingers which will increase pitch speed.
A pitcher who can move the ball around the strike zone has the ability to make hitters chase after her pitches. A good change-up, peel drop or curve ball has the potential to strike out many more hitters than a simple fast ball ever could. To practice moving the ball around the strike zone have a coach or player stand and place their glove in any location. Throw eight to 10 pitches directly in the glove without the catcher needing to move it. Move back 10 to 25 feet and throw another set of pitches with the catcher moving the glove to random spots within the strike zone.
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