Part One of Three, my methodology and notation for counting pitches!
1. The throwing movement is the same sequence of forward movements. The stride toward the target and then the whipping movement that ends in the wrist to snap the ball forward… then a normal follow through.
2. The sidearm throw is another throw an infielder may use in special situations.
3. The only different between the full sidearm and the overhand throw is that in the full sidearm the arm is held out to the side with less bend in the elbow throughout the swing and the body pivots more. The whiplike movement that ends with a snap of the wrist as the ball is released and the follow through is the same as in all other throws.
4. For shorter, quicker throws the sidearm snap may be used. The sidearm snap follows all the fundamental movements of the snap
Here’s the next installment from Mr. Allen, this time focusing on your grip on the baseball.
1.Your grip on the ball is the biggest factor in control, so you should adopt the correct grip at the very start and use the same grip on every throw. Even in practice, never vary your grip. The feel of the ball is so important that you should never practice with anything but a regulation baseball — certainly never with a tennis ball or any other kind of ball.
2. There is the correct grip — the ball held between your thumb and first two fingers, with your third finger resting lightly against the ball. Two fingers slightly spread on top — thumb on bottom, directly below the fingers.
3. There’s what the correct grip looks like from your own view. Preferably your first
Follow through on your infield tosses is an often neglected yet crucial component to a strong throw. Mr. Allen gives us some pointers:
1. Your arm keeps on moving in a full follow through.
2. Let your body swing around naturally on your forward foot as your back leg swings around into a balanced position.
3. There is the basic throw of baseball… a whiplike movement from a full layback to a full free follow through after the ball. These basic fundamentals apply to all throws.
4. Infielders do not often have time for a full overhand throw, so they get the ball away faster with a snap overhand throw. From the fielding position they get into throwing position as fast as possible, bringing their throwing arm up to the layback position the shortest and fastest way. From this point
Fair warning, this ends in a cliffhanger! I love the language Mr. Allen uses when describing the physical movements needed to make a good throw, he’s so enthusiastic, and I love the whip comparison.
1. When a fielder gets the ball and starts to throw, his first object is to get his whole body and arm back in order to whip the ball forward. From this position…
2. … the weight shifts immediately to the back foot as the throwing arm swings backward toward the full layback position. At the same time the body is swinging back until…
3. … in the full layback position, your weight is fully on your rear foot and your body and throwing arm are stretched backward, reaching back to get as much power as possible into the forward throw. Simultaneous with the backward movement
Here are some more excellent throwing fundamentals tips from Mr. Ethan Allen.
1. Let’s analyze the fundamentals of the throwing movement. As your arm comes forward in the throw, your upper arm and forearm form an approximate right angle, the upper arm about parallel with the ground.
2. There is the crucial point of your throw — just as the ball is about to leave your hand. Here your wrist is playing the important part because the final action before releasing the ball is…
3. … a snap of the wrist that gives the throw your last ounce of power. This snap action is an essential part of every throw and can make or break you as a defensive ball player. So let’s learn it first.
4.Practice the snap alone for awhile. Stand in the release position… body upright… the
If you ever wanted to know how to throw a baseball, here is a handy diagram with some helpful instruction!
1. The movement starts in your shoulder as you start bringing your arm forward like a whip. Your elbow leads the movement first, and as your upper arm comes forward, your forearm stays laid back and your wrist tends to lay back further still.
2. When the forward movement brings your elbow up even with your shoulder as in the (second panel). the whip action continues on through as your forearm, wrist and hand snap the ball forward from the release position. Then the whole arm follows through.
3. There is the movement, the crucial part of your throw. Practice it for a while, throwing the ball as far and as straight as you can. Remember the whip action and
This is a really great modified photograph showing some of the basic mechanics of throwing a pitch. There are old books at my library filled with this sort of thing, I’d love to go back and expand on this concept.
Winning baseball, Allen, Ethan, 1956...