The Practice Pro School helps passionate pitchers reach their potential through year-round small group training. If you want to be challenged, get motivated, and have fun, then this is for you!
Practice Pro students and almuni have earned State Championships, league and travel tournament championships, and competed at the collegiate DI, DII, and DIII levels. Most importantly, these young ladies have developed a sense of self-confidence, grit, and a special bond with classmates and parents.
The pitching motion is a lot like a golf swing; you can still get out on the course and hit it around, but you’re not really playing until you can consistently get the ball in the air and make decisions. “Should I go for it or lay it up? Should I use a 5 iron or a 6 iron?” Golfers who don’t have an understanding of the swing don’t even have these choices. Their only thought is “I sure hope I hit this in the air.”
Without mechanical competence, your daughter's only thoughts will be, “Please throw a strike and don’t embarrass myself!” as opposed to, “I’m going to strike this girl out with a low fastball then and outside change.” Unfortunately, pitchers will go through this thought process their whole career unless they learn and practice. As a young player, I received instruction on how to pitch, but did not practice. So my “worried” thinking went all the way through the end of high school. Not until college did I put the work into grooving my mechanics.
So, in an effort to help girls of all levels learn to actually “play” softball, here is a list of 9 circumstances when you know your daughter needs mechanical help.
You think your daughter can pitch without learning how to do it.
It's not about winning, it's about HOW you win and challenging yourself. Even if her team would have lost the lesson stands strong. Coach Hanning was preparing Jennie to reach her potential, an Olympian and NCAA National Champion, not a summer ball tournament champ.
While struggling on the mound in a game, one thing you don't want to do is think, "what am I doing wrong? Is it my release? Is it my arm circle? I'll try release it earlier. Hm, that didn't work. I'll try a different arm circle." and on and on.