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How to Throw a Pitch in Fast-Pitch Softball

Learn how to throw a pitch in fast-pitch softball with the softball tips from coach Erin Goettlicher in this Howcast video.


I'm Erin Goettlicher, and I'm a professional softball coach. After I played through high school, I went out and played for college level, and then spent a cup of tea at the professional level. I'm self-employed, and own Pro Softball Training. Pro Softball Training offers instruction in all kinds of softball. You name it, we can do it. Today, I will be talking to you about softball. Throwing a pitch in fast pitch softball is one of the most difficult skills in our sport. It takes lots of time, lots of practice, and repetition to do it. Pitchers have to have a lot of passion and dedication to their skill to get good at it. When we start with pitching the first things we need to know is how to get set up on the pitcher's plate. The pitcher's plate is 24 by 6. Both of our feet need to be touching the pitchers plate when we start our motion. Typically our pivot foot or our back leg is gonna start slightly more forward than our stride leg. When I first approach the pitcher's plate, I have to do what's called 'present the ball.' Then I need to bring my hands together and put the ball in my glove. Once I have taken my hands apart from my glove that's considered the start of the pitch, and I have to make my next move towards the delivery or it's considered an illegal pitch. The first steps I'm going to take are gonna be sort of my rock back or my pre-motion. This is what's going to help me get my balance and my momentum started. Some people prefer to swing their arms. Some people prefer to just shift their weight. My next motion is gonna be my forward motion, or my drive towards the plate. In order to do this I am going to use both my lower half and my upper half to create that power and momentum. I wanna use my arms, both, my glove arm and my throwing arm to reach towards my catcher. They're gonna go together and at the same time. I'm gonna use my pivot foot to push from and my stride leg to drive out. The next important we end up in is called the K position. My glove is gonna be still towards my target. My hand is gonna be just past the top of the circle. My foot should be landing at about one or two o'clock, if I had an imaginary clock out and around. The ball is gonna be just past the top of the circle and my glove arm should be still pointing towards my target. Once my arm begins to come down, my arm is going to join it. My hip, my hand is gonna pass my hip, and my hip is gonna finish as I release. What's important is to put this all together in one fluid, quick, explosive motion. I need to be able to get set on the mound, have my rock or my start. Once my arm crosses my hip, my hip is gonna work together with my arm to finish and drive through the pitch. It should look something like this.

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