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.

Additional Sources:

Catcher Drills : Receiving skills

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbfaY1qbBaA

I know many catchers that are looking to improve their game to stay one step ahead of their competition. So, the video above will give tips to their ability to receive the ball from the pitcher. The catchers with the ability to receive the ball well are one step ahead of their competition. After you finish watching the video do not be afraid to comment to this post too give me feedback. Have fun and PLAY BALL!

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The Arsenal: The Change-up

The Arsenal: The Change-up

The changeup is a great addition to any pitchers arsenal. The changeup is a pitch that throws off the timing of the hitter at the plate. The changeup looks like a fastball coming out of the pitchers had, which throws off the timing of the hitter resulting in weak contact or no contact at all. So, we will discuss the different types of grips for a changeup that you can try to work on as you add this to your arsenal.

The first type of grip for the change up is the claw grip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This grip is a good for young pitchers to get confidence in throwing this pitch. This grip is quite simple: first you touch your thumb and picky together underneath the baseball. Then, the three other figures should look like a claw around the baseball. The ball should rest on the back portion of your hand with the pads of your fingers resting on the horseshoe part of the seams. Remember, this pitch can have a variety of grips, but pick the one that works for you.

The second type of grip for the changeup is the modified circle grip (pictured below).

 

 

 

The modified circle change is just a softer type of circle change. Instead of your thumb and pinky making on the side of the baseball, the modified circle grip rests the thumb underneath the baseball with the other four fingers around the baseball. Remember to rest the baseball back in the hand.

The third type of grip for the changeup is the circle change grip (picture below).

 

The circle change grip is the most common way to grip the change up. Most of your pitching coach will most likely show you this grip when you first starting throwing the change up. The circle change grip gives you good movement, but it does not always work for everyone. This grip needs the right hand size to make it effective. So, if you have smaller hands I recommend trying your hand at the other grips shown in this article.

The last type of grip for the changeup is the straight change grip (pictured below).

 

The straight change is another common grip for the change up. The straight changeup does not have much movement at all. The straight changeup looks like a fastball out of the hand giving the pitcher the deception he is looking for. The straight changes late movement and deceptive speeds makes it an effective pitch.

So, as you work in bullpen sessions try these grips to see which grip is most effective and comfortable for you. Another point to remember, as you work on adding the change up to your arsenal work on hitting an area not just a spot early on. Then as you get command of the changeup then you can work on hitting spots. Last point to consider, pitch with confidence. Yes, the changeup might not be what you desire it to be when you are first throwing it, but it will come. Have fun working on the changeup.

 

Additional Sources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fOqhziFKyU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAgxD0NDrHg

 

 

The Arsenal

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If you are a pitcher, I am sure you have wondered how I throw a curveball, a change up, or a fastball. In this article, I am going to answer those thoughts, and to help you develop a more effective arsenal. We will focus on the different types of fastball grips.

The Fastball:

There are four types of fastballs: the four seam fastball, the two-seam fastball, and the split finger fastball. The first fastball grip is called the four seam fastball. This pitch is called the four seam baseball, because as the pitcher delivers the pitch the ball rotates in a way you see four seams rotating. The way you grip this particular pitch is shown in the picture below.

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The second fastball grip is called the two-seam fastball. The two-steam fastball has more tail and run the baseball opposed to the four-seam fastball which is usually pretty straight. This pitch is effective to either jam a batter, or have the pitch run away from the batter. The way you grip the baseball for a two- seam fastball is shown in the picture below.

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The third fastball grip is called the split finger. The spilt finger fastball is effective pitch to induce groundball situations. By creating these groundball situation you can limit your pitch count, which in turn helps save your arm as the game goes along. The split finger has late downward action causing the baseballs to miss solid contact from hitters. The way you grip a spilt finger fastball is shown in the picture below.

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The final fastball grip is called the cut fastball. This pitch get its name from the cutting action on the baseball when the pitch is thrown effectively. The cut fastball has left to right movement or right to left movement depending on whether you are a left handed pitcher or a right handed pitcher. This pitch is effective in jam the hitters to create broken bats or weak contact resulting in easy outs. The way you grip a cut fastball is shown in the picture below.

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Now it your turn. Work on these grip to work them into your arsenal that you might become a more effective pitcher in the years to come. Attached at the bottom will be more additional resources on the different type of fastballs. Enjoy putting in the work.

Resources:

https://www.drivelinebaseball.com/2017/11/pitch-grips-changing-fastball-spin-rate/

https://www.drivelinebaseball.com/2017/11/pitch-grips-changing-fastball-spin-rate/

http://www.pitchingnow.com/pitching/the-most-important-pitch-in-your-arsenal/

 

 

5 Tips to Become an Effective Pitcher

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Many pitchers are looking for that competitive edge that will put them over the top. These five tips are crucial in becoming an effective pitcher:

  1. Control

Control is one of the most essential components in becoming an effective pitcher. If a pitcher has no control, his effectiveness as a pitcher is minimal. As a pitcher, you must understand that, in order to have precise control you must have both accuracy and precision. First, accuracy is the ability to hit the strike zone. An effective pitcher has the ability to attack the strike zone on regularity. If a pitcher struggles with hitting the strike zone will be less effective as a pitcher. Second, precision is the ability to hit a specific part of the strike zone consistently. The pitchers ability to not only be accurate but also precise in his ability to pitch is going to take him to the next level of efficiency. As you work on becoming an effective pitcher work, on coupling accuracy and precision. If you are able to master both ingredients, your will be well to your way on becoming one step ahead of you competition.

Velocity

Velocity. Velocity. Velocity. They say velocity is not everything, but is another important component on becoming an effective pitcher. A pitcher’s ability to dominate a hitter with their velocity is next level stuff. As a pitcher trains, he needs to focus on building important core muscles to improve velocity. Find training exercises that will help improve velocity. Once you are able to improve your velocity, you will take another step closer in becoming a more effective pitcher.

Movement

The next tip in becoming an effective pitchers is working on the movement of your specific pitches. The better the movement you have on your pitches the better you will be able to throw hitters timing and rhythm off at the plate. In bullpen sessions, pitchers should try to work on three types of movements: Horizontal, vertical, and depth.  The horizontal movement of the baseball is the ability to move the baseball right to left or vice versa. Vertical movement is the ability to move the ball up in the strike zone and down. Depth is the ability to put more downward movement on your pitches. The more a pitcher works on the movement of his pitches, the more effective he will be.

Mental Toughness

It is the bottom of the 9th. Bases are loaded. 2 outs. 3-2 count. As pitchers, we find ourselves in stressful situations similar to this all the time. The pitchers that are able to control their stress and anxiety while in the midst of the situation are the pitchers that separate the men from the boys. A pitcher that is able to control his breathing and calm his anxiety will be more effective on the mound when these types of situations arise. Two tips to help combat stress and anxiety are BREATHE and practice like you will be in that situation. First, breathing is important in helping with stressful situations. The proper breathing will help calm your body down to help conquer some of that anxiety. Second, practice the situation like you will find yourself there. More than likely, if you pitch for any amount of time, you’re going to find yourself in a stressful situation on the mound. While in a bullpen session, think through scenarios in your head and of ways you would pitch hitters in those certain situations. The ability to be mentally tough will set you apart as a pitcher.

Arm Strength

The last tip in becoming an effective pitcher is arm strength. As a pitcher, the ability to build arm strength is vital for success. A pitcher with the proper arm strength will have the endurance to last longer in appearances on the hill. As you work on becoming an effective pitcher, work on building arm strength. An important exercise to build arm strength is long toss.

If you take these 5 tips to become an effective pitcher you will be able to improve your overall success as a pitcher. So take these tips and get to work.

 

Other Sources:

http://amanda-scarborough.com/why-does-accuracy-matter/

http://www.stack.com/a/baseball-throwing-drills