Form the coach: Randy Arterberry

 

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How long have you coached?

“I have coached baseball going on twenty years now”

Where have you coached? Where you currently coaching?

“I have coached at the YMCA, Cal Ripen youth baseball, and high school baseball. Now, I am currently a high school baseball coach for Faith Christian School in Clinton Twp., Michigan.”

What are some tips for young coaches starting out?

“For coaches that are beginning to have opportunities to coach at any level there are two things I would tell them. First, I would tell the two key things you need to develop in yourself is patience and the ability to control your temper. Second, teach the fundamentals of baseball. Teaching the kids the fundamentals will have the foundation they need as they progress in their careers.

What are some tips for young pitchers starting out? Some drills that you do to help your pitchers? “The best advice I can give to coaches that are working with pitchers is teach the basic mechanics. After they have mastered the basic mechanics, then progress them to developing different pitches.”

What are some tips for young catchers starting out? Some drills that you do to help your catchers?

“Some drills that I would highly recommend coaches use to help develop catchers are blocking and framing drills.”

What are the things that are you looking to instill into your players when they are finished and move on from your coaching?

“The biggest qualities I am trying to instill into my players is to be men of character. If once they leave my team and I have instilled in them the ability for them to be men of character, then I feel have accomplished my goal as a coach no matter the outcomes of the games.”

How have you tried to point your players to Christ while coaching?

“The biggest way I have tried to point my players back to Christ is practicing what I preach. I try to live in a way that is Christ honoring to give my players and example of how I want them to live their lives. Overall, I try to be a godly example of character and patience.”

5 Fielding Drills for Pitchers

In the audio recording below, I explain 5 fielding drills that will better improve the pitchers fielding knowledge and ability. As always there will be additional information on this topics under the additional sources heading. And remember enjoy and PLAY BALL!

Additional Sources:

http://www.atecsports.com/en-us/drills/pitcher-fielding-practice-drill

http://theseason.gc.com/baseball-five-drills-to-hone-your-pitchers-defense

http://theseason.gc.com/baseball-three-fielding-drills-for-pitchers

 

The Arsenal: The Curve ball

The next pitch that young pitchers should add to their arsenal is the curve ball. The curve ball is an off speed pitch which is used mostly as a strike out pitch. The curve ball is effective in throwing off the hitter and keeping the hitter off balanced, which is the key to pitching. In this selection, we will discuss two types of curve balls that you can try to work into your arsenal.

The first type of curve ball is the 12-6 curve. Like, its name suggests this curve is thrown at the arm angle of 12 o’clock finishing at 6 o’clock. The 12-6 curve is effective pitch if you try to hit the bottom half of the zone or even pitch it in the dirt. The point of this pitch remember is to throw off the hitter’s rhythm at the plate. The picture below shows how to grip the 12-6 curve ball.

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Keep two thing in mind when you are working on this pitch. First, have the right grip of the baseball. Having the right grip of the will make the pitch more effective. Second, with the 12-6 curve you want to start at 12 o’clock in your arm slot and finish at a 6 o’clock arm angle.

The second type of curve-ball is the spike curve or knuckle curve. The spiked curve is throw like a normal curve ball, but the grip is different from the 12-6 curve ball. The spiked curve is grip like a normal curve ball the only exception is the pointer finger nail or knuckle should be on the seam of the baseball. The spiked curve ball is easier for younger pitchers to start developing as it easier to grip for them. The grip of the spiked or knuckle curve is shown below.

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Now that you have these two different types of curve ball grips work on them to see which grip works most effectively. The point is not always how many different types of grips you can hold, but which grip works most effectively for you. Pitching is all about comfort. Enjoy working on these two different types of curve balls and PLAY BALL!

Pitching Mechanics 101

In today’s post, we will dive into the art of pitching mechanics. In the video above explains the proper pitching mechanics through the example of Drew Storen former closer of the Washington Nationals.  As you watch this video watch how Storen explains from start to finish how to properly pitch.

Below, will be additional information on pitching mechanics to show your pitchers on your teams.

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