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Some Advice From A Pitcher

Jul 15, 2008
I have been through many baseball/softball games where I play as the pitcher. Being one is fun as long as you know when and where to cross the lines of pressure. It is a very crucial role. You lead the game. Each hit, score and run from the enemy entirely depends on you. I've been to wins and losses but I just knew I had to survive.

Here is some advice from my experience as a pitcher:

Conquer your fear

My greatest fear as a pitcher is to let somebody hit my pitch. I strive too hard to never allow anyone hit anything. But thinking about this has brought me to frustrations. I learned it the hard way. This adds to the pressure build-up. What I had to do to conquer my fear is never easy and that is to shut my mind off from every thought except the game. Too many cheers, negative pulses and yells from the crowd can get you distracted. I let it distract me too many times and it leads me to my loss.

Take control

I don't really think of how fast I can throw the ball. Some would think that the faster you pitch, the harder it would be hard to hit it. It's a myth. It's wrong. Truth is the faster your throw is, the harder it will be to take control of the ball. Fast balls (especially when you've not mastered it yet) could either go to three directions. It would be either too high, too low or if you are lucky enough, inside. So you have to know your capacity of handling and controlling the ball otherwise never try it while on the game. Of course you can practice for it.

Throw inside

By this would mean throwing a strike. As soon as you've learned how to take control of your pitch, another step is on throwing inside. What I do is have a spot to throw to, like in hitting bull's eye. My spot always fall just between the arms and the knees. You should be able to know where your spot is once you go inside your pitcher's base. I don't look anywhere else except in that spot. Looking somewhere else would shake your line of view. Imagine yourself and that spot are the only ones existing and nothing else. This would really help.

Finally, in closing, Practice and be confident that you can do it. I always believe that practicing always makes everything perfect. I was never born a good pitcher and neither was I trained to be one but I do believe that I have the skill and practiced my way to hone it. I got bruised, muscle cramps and trembling hands but it pays off. It is the reason why I am confident that I can do it, that I can win games and that I can take control of the game. Remember having a good pitcher in the team is the best defense you got. I've seen so many teams with pitchers who just pitch just for the heck of pitching and it brought them losses. So be flattered, be a real pitcher and do your thing.
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