How to Throw a Fastball in Fastpitch

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Baseball is one of the most popular American pastimes. However, you can still learn to play bad luck no matter where you are in the world! Learning how to pitch properly requires dedication, understanding of the mechanics of pitching, and a love of the game. Note: All instructions are for a right-handed user. If you are left handed, follow the same steps but reflect each action.


Part 1 of 4: Learning the handles

  1. Choose your grip. There are many different ways to grab the ball (see below). Hold the ball in your glove while doing this and do not begin your movement until you have a comfortable grip. The different grips are important to learn as they will help you throw the ball in different ways.
  2. Try that Fastball with four seams. These courses are the fastest in baseball, averaging 153 km / h. Slightly spread your fingers with the tips barely over the laces of the ball.
  3. Try thatFastball with two seams. This pitch is a little slower and less accurate than the four-seam, but it also curves when it hits the dough, making it difficult to beat. Use your index and middle fingers to hold the ball by the seams.
  4. Try that Modification. That pitch moves in the air quite a bit. Put your thumb and forefinger in a circle and center the baseball with the other three fingers.
  5. Try that Curveball. Keep your index finger and your middle right close together at the seams. Throw as normal, but grab your wrist as you throw the curve.
  6. Try that Slider. A slider acts like a fastball until the last second when it curves to the side. Reach over the seam at the widest point with your index and middle fingers.
  7. Try that Split finger. This playing field appears to be a fastball, but it slopes down as it approaches the batsman making it difficult to hit. You need big hands to throw that pitch effectively. As with fastball, hold the ball with two sutures. Twist the ball toward you so your fingers are along the horseshoe seam. Spread your fingers toward the outside of the seams and place your thumb directly under the ball.
  8. Try that Fork ball. This ball is almost impossible to hit if thrown well. Pinch the ball between your index and middle fingers.
  9. Try that Ankle ball. This ball will wobble as it moves towards the racket. Dig your fingernails in the center of the ball seams.

Part 2 of 4: Throwing the ball

  1. Bring into the wind-up position. With both feet shoulder-width apart, stand straight on the hill with your toes dangling in front. Point right at your catcher. Your toes are pointing at him with your heels on the rubber. Hold your glove in front of your chest with your elbows resting on either side of your torso. Some pitchers prefer to have their crotch leg slightly behind their other leg. This is optional and may not work for everyone.
    • You should start in the stretch position with runners on the bases. Place your feet so that they point to the third base if you are right-handed throwing or the first base if you are throwing left-handed. The stretch is a faster way to pitch and you can maintain more balance, which leads to more control. Your right foot should be placed against the elastic, and your other foot an inch or two in front. This allows you to achieve full rotation with your hips, which allows you to throw harder. When you start slightly back with your crotch leg, just shift your weight onto that back leg.
  2. Take a small step to the left with your left foot. Shift your weight onto your left foot so you can lift your right foot and place it next to the elastic (or pivot your right foot into this position, whichever is more comfortable) so that the right side of your right foot is against your Hill.
  3. Raise your left leg to the point where your thigh is parallel to the floor or higher. Your body should have started moving with your right foot in the previous step, and by the end of this step your body should be facing the third base instead of the baseplate.
  4. Break your arms in a semicircular downward motion. Your front arm should remain closed and your front elbow should be at a comfortable angle (45-90 degrees). Your limb should hit the so-called "sweet spot". This is the point where your limb will be at its lowest point during your movement. Usually it's at the point where your arm is almost perpendicular to the floor with a slight bend in your elbow. Make sure your body stays facing the third base during this step and that you hit your sweet spot before moving on to the next step.
  5. Lower your leg as close to the floor as possible without touching it, then step outward. Do this at the same time as you move your arms (the previous step). To lower your leg, bend your right knee until your left leg is close to the floor without touching the floor. Do not go outside until you have completely lowered your left leg or you will lose significant strength. Your foreleg should have a curved "down and out" strip home. Start by lifting your limb out of the sweet spot so that it is parallel to the floor without your elbow falling towards your hip.
  6. Land your forefoot at a closed angle. In other words, if your foot lands on the plate at a 90 degree angle, you land your foot at a 75 degree angle. This puts your body in a power position. Your strength position is the position with your legs fully extended and your hips and arms still closed to fling your arm toward the plate.
  7. Push with your back foot from the force position. Pull your forefoot forward by pivoting from that 75-degree angle to a 90-degree angle. Make sure you do this pivot point before swinging your torso up and pulling your left arm toward the first base. By pivoting early, you can create strength with your hips and create more whip motions for your right arm. Your limb should be aligned with your shoulders (horizontally, of course) during this step.
    • The most common mistake pitchers make is opening their arms in front of their hips, which removes the force created by their legs, making pitchers slower and increasing the strain on their arms.
  8. Extend your pitch arm as far as you can and let the ball slide off your wrist. Do not snap your wrist as this could result in injury. Your wrist shouldn't guide the ball; the ball will guide your wrist.
    • While moving, it is beneficial to be aware of your wrist. As you move your arm away from your sweet spot, your wrist should be pulled back and tighten the ball in your hand. Then when you release the ball, the ball should slide off your wrist and end with your wrist fully flexed.
  9. Follow through. Extend your arm as much as you can and let the forward pulse lift your back leg and place it on the hill to get into a field position.

Part 3 of 4: Other Pitching Basics

  1. Remember to stay balanced. Pitching is really a series of movements that the pitcher makes without thinking. The key to a great playing field is balance - without balance, your throw is more likely to become unbalanced.
  2. Try to be consistent. To be most effective, try to maintain an even throw angle for all of your pitches. Some pitchers throw more over the hand, throw a curveball, or dive to the gun while throwing a slider. While this can give you better control, or command, or your pitch, it can easily point out to the batsman what pitch you are throwing. An even arm angle allows the dough to guess.
  3. Prevent your nodding arm from getting too sore. Start slowly. Wrap ice around your arm and chest to slow lactic acid build-up (lactic acid build-up causes pain).
    • Run for 30 minutes after the pitch. This will cause your blood to circulate and the lactic acid that may build up in your arm will be forced out.

Part 4 of 4: Baseball Grips

Community questions and answers

What causes a pitch to slip?

Every breaking playing field - such as B. a slider - changes its trajectory based on the rotation the thrower makes on the ball when he lets go of it. It is literally the friction with the air and the "lift" it creates that causes the ball to move left, right, up or down as it approaches the baseplate.

  • Any tips to keep it from going too far outside or inside?

    You just have to practice. Once you keep throwing you will get used to releasing the ball at the right time.

  • How many innings or pitches should I throw during a game?

    In the youth leagues there are rules as to how many places young pitchers are allowed to throw per day and how many days off they have to take between trips.

  • What is fast cut ball?

    It's a fastball that acts a bit like a curveball. See wikiHow's article "How to Throw a Cut Fastball".

  • I pitch a good pitch without a punch, but when a punch comes up I can't throw straight. Is there a way for me to prevent this from happening?

    You get distracted by the presence of the dough. Focus on the strike zone. When you know that a particular hitter is having trouble hitting a particular part of the striking zone, aim for that part. When in doubt, aim for the lower outer corner of the zone.

  • Does that also work for serving a softball?

    No, the softball is bigger than the baseball and set up differently.

  • What should I aim for when pitching?

    Aim at the strike zone. This is the area just above the baseplate between the knees and armpits of the club. This is the usual definition of the strike zone, but arbitrators are free to interpret this rule at their own discretion. When you can throw better, your focus should be on keeping the ball away from the batsman and at knee level.

  • How do I make the pitch higher or lower?

    Use a longer than usual step to raise the pitch and a shorter step to lower the pitch.

  • Do I have to turn my wrist when I hit a curve ball?

    No. The more english or "spin" you put on the ball, the more curve you get. Be careful how you twist your wrist, as twisting it at a tear can cause more damage. I would suggest that you try the snap back method at the peak break away point, which will spin the ball much more effectively and thus create a sharp curvature in the path of your playing field.

  • Can a mug wear something on the wrist?

    The players are normally only allowed to wear what is contained in a team uniform. If you mean something like a sweatband, it may be acceptable unless the referee believes it will distract the clubs or otherwise provide an unfair advantage to the thrower.
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    • Always keep your head on your goal.
    • Do not hold the ball too tightly or you will not be as accurate or fast unless you are throwing certain fields.
    • During the game, pitchers often wrap their arms between innings to keep their arm warm and to endure the force of each pitch.
    • Before throwing your pitch, imagine yourself hitting the target. This can improve your focus.
    • If you are a beginner, you shouldn't pick all the speeds first. Throw down the middle and work on the speed.
    • Your move towards home plate is a crucial element that must be mastered in order to be successful. It shouldn't be too short, but not too far either. Experiment with your stride by stretching as much as you can, then see if you can lift your body out of this position. The limit at which you can do this should be the point at which you step.
    • Another popular mistake is dipping the elbow while pitching. Make sure you walk straight from "Picking the Ball of the Table" and bring your arm parallel to the floor at shoulder level with the rest of your arm at either 90 ("Over-the-Top") from the elbow down. , 45 (three quarters) or 0 (sidearm) degrees angle with your arm. If you dip your elbow in, you will not get a slap effect from your hips and you will lose almost all of your strength.
    • Many pitchers make a small dig in front of the rubber before throwing. This allows them to have a convenient hole to put their foot against the rubber, but some consider it bad practice.
    • Some pitchers like to take a quick jump after their back leg has gone through to get into a field position by pushing off with their forefoot. Experiment to find out what works best for you.

    Now, as you throw, make sure your leg goes up, down, and out as you bring it up. Not up and then out to the dough. Always take a straight step towards home plate to keep your ball from going wild. In addition, do not rush to get to the top of the hill. Tune in to college and MLB baseball and watch the pitchers. They take their time, take a deep breath, and clear their minds. You control the game. Always think of one thing when you are up the hill, have a positive attitude, and the most important thing is to focus.

    • Throw the ball, don't aim. Focusing too much on throwing punches can easily affect your muscle memory, which allows you to throw more balls than punches.


    • As you warm up on the field at the beginning of a season or during a game, gradually increase your arm speed. Do Not Start your bullpen session with the hardest throw as your arm will need to warm up before you can endure the force once you throw the hardest.
    • When throwing these pitches, make sure you are under proper supervision. Throwing one place incorrectly or continuously throwing with a fatal mistake could result in a retirement injury.
    • Do not fall. If your arm feels tired, don't try to punch it through. A tired arm can turn into an injured arm very quickly.

    Things you will need

    • baseball
    • Glove
    • Hill / gum
    • Destination / home disk
    • Partners to catch your pitches (at a distance of 60 feet 6 inches in the Major League or 46 feet for Little League)
    • Backstop for wild pitches that the catcher cannot reach