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PROSWING - Portchester, NY

Proswing offers a full array of instruction and teaching programs from camps, teams to private instruction.  Their indoor facility is well equipped with an infield, several cages and tunnels for putching and hitting instruction.  The website offers great resources including videos and resources to run practices, drills, etc.  They run several winter programs in addition to private teams in each season.

http://www.proswingbaseball.com/baseballtips_throwing_topgun.html

 

 

HARDBALL - Elmsford, NY

 

 

The Hardball NY Training Center offers comprehensive baseball training programs to meet the needs of individuals, small groups and teams of all abilities. From the hardcore, dedicated individual striving to play at the highest levels, to the recreational player who wants to tune up going into the season, Hardball NY will develop a plan to meet your needs and goals.

For individuals and groups, their professional coaching staff will first meet with the student-athlete and his parents to gauge what stage of development they are at, what their goals are and how far they want to take their game. Instructors will then conduct an initial evaluation from a skill perspective to develop a plan focused on complete development from start to finish.  Throughout the instructional program, video analysis will play a key component in the learning process, allowing the instructor, student-athlete, and parents to observe instruction, results, and target areas for improvement.
http://www.hardballny.com/baseball/index

SPORTTIME USA - Elmsford, NY
Sportime USA is the premiere indoor entertainment center of Westchester but also offers some of the cheapest and quickest access to batting cages in the area.   Many will know the place from birthday parties given that it has over 200 video games, bumper cars, laser tag, billiard tables, batting cages, and a rock climbing wall.  The location does not offer any private instruction, but does offer easy access to batting cages for those simply seeking to swing a bat without formal instruction.
http://www.sportimeusa.com/public/attractions/batting_cages.cfm

 

 



Some Training Videos From Little League International (use it as a resource)
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org
 
Catching Progression - Watch the best way to protect the plate as a catcher
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=855


Infield Fly Rule
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=854
 

Infield:  Proper Grip to Throw
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=853


 
Infield Exchange and Throw
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=850

 

 

 

  • Use of paddle
  • Short Hop exchange drill



Short Stop Feed Drill
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=857
 
Explaining Power Chalk
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=848
 
Batting Fundamentals with Power Chalk
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=849
 
Practicing Catching: Receiving the Throw
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=701
 
Practicing Catching: The Launch
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=700
 
Practicing Catching: The “21 Throwing Drill”
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=702
 
Baserunning
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=692
 
Fielding a Fly Ball
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=695
 
Strike called when Batter is hit by a Pitch but not always…..
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=690
 
ADVANCED PITCHING: Phases of Deliver - Summary Pitching Motion
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=719
 
ADVANCED PITCHING: Stride Position Drill
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=786
 

ADVANCED PITCHING: 3 Piece Stride Drill
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=785
 
ADVANCED PITCHING: Distance Throwing
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=784
 
ADVANCED PITCHING: Balance From Stretch
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=783
 
ADVANCED PITCHING: Balance Drill
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=780
 
ADVANCED PITCHING: Arm extension
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=716
 
LL PITCHING EDUCATION - Sit up and Throw Drill
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=711
 
LL PITCHING EDUCATION - Seated Throw Drill
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=710
 
LL PITCHING EDUCATION - One Knee Drill
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=709
 
LL PITCHING EDUCATION - Sample Lefty
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=707
 
LL PITCHING EDUCATION - Sample Righty
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=706
 
Baseball Pitching Progression – 9 Key Elements Of Pitching Motion
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=651

 

 

  • Starting position
  • Weight transfer
  • The Pivot Foot
  • The Leg Lift
  • The Stride
  • Acceleration of the Arm
  • Getting to the Launch Position
  • Acceleration of the Arm
  • Follow Through

Baseball Pitching Progression : The Pivot Foot, The Leg Lift
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=652

 

 

  • The Pivot Foot
  • The Leg Lift


Baseball Pitching Progression : The Stride, Acceleration of the Arm
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=654

 

 

  • The Stride
  • Acceleration of the Arm
  • Getting to the Launch Position
  • Acceleration of the Arm
  • Follow Through

 
Baseball Pitching Progression : Slow Motion Drill
http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/home.aspx?article=696
 

 

 

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Pitchers Resources - General pitching tips:

1.      Always point the tip of your left foot toward the plate.  This will give you better control when you want to pitch inside or outside, and if you overthrow, you won't miss your target by much.

2.      Practice your mechanics in front of a mirror.  There is no better way to improve than to correct yourself as you pitch.  With the mirror, you can see everything.  You might want to just pretend to throw ... you sure don't want to break the mirror!

3.      If you're pitching against a good hitter, pitch to him inside.  Many pitchers throw as far away from the good hitters as they can while still being in the strike zone, but the big hitters are good at hitting those pitches.  If you pitch inside, you can jam a good hitter

4.      You can fool the batter by pitching slower than usual in pre-inning warm-ups.  In Little League, the batters time the pitcher during the warm-ups before the inning.  If you throw the opposite of your game plan during these warm-ups, you mess up their timing.  Be sure to practice your game-plan in bullpen warm-ups, before you take the field, though.

5.      Get in the mind of the hitter.  For example, a hitter who really wants to hit will chase balls, so I throw them out of the strike zone.  A timid hitter can often be struck out on fastballs in the zone -- they'll blaze right past him and he'll be called out looking.

6.      Make your own plan, but listen to your coach.  Sometimes I pitch a homerun hitter a slow offspeed pitch because when you pitch a fastball, you supply a lot of the power and the hitter doesn't have to swing as hard.  The downside of this is sometimes the hitter hits a home run anyway.  I look to my coach for advice in these situations.


Get a Grip: Proper Mechanics Can Be the Difference Between a Thrower and a Pitcher
By Nicholas Caringi  - Senior Director of Operations Little League International
 
Most effective pitchers have three things in common; working fast, throwing strikes and changing speeds. To be effective, a pitcher must learn to keep hitters off balance. After all, hitting requires good timing on the part of the batter.  The pitcher’s main task should be to disrupt the hitter’s timing.  A good fastball and change-up, gives the pitcher an added edge on the hitter.
 
Learning a skill like pitching is not easy for most players.  With a positive frame of mind, the willingness to succeed, and proper fundamental mechanics, pitchers can succeed – safely – at any level of ball.
 
Here are some proven fundamental tips and grips for Little League pitchers.
 
Fastball – Four-Seam Grip:  The most commonly used grip for accuracy is the four-seam fastball. The four-seam fastball is held with the index and middle fingers positioned across the large seams.  A finger’s width should be the distance between the index and middle fingers with the thumb positioned underneath the ball on a seam.  The pitcher should be sure there is a small space between the web of the hand and the ball.  The third and fourth fingers are curled back.
 
Fastball – Two-Seam Grip:  The two-seam fastball is held with the index and middle fingers across the seams where the horseshoe-like seams almost meet.  The thumb is placed on a seam at the bottom of the ball, while the third and fourth fingers are curled back.  Using this grip provides a little extra movement on the fastball.  Again, the pitcher should be sure there is a small space between the web of the hand and the ball.
 
Fastball – With-the-Seam Grip:  On this grip, the index and middle fingers should be placed on the seams where both horseshoe seams almost meet.  The thumb is placed on a seam underneath the ball. The pitcher should be sure there is a small space between the web of the hand and the ball.  The third and fourth fingers are curled back. When thrown, this pitch has a tendency to move a little which will make it more difficult to hit.
 
Three-Finger Change Up:  The purpose of a change up is to give the appearance of a fastball, but because the speed of the ball is much slower, the hitter’s timing is disrupted.  The three-finger change up can be gripped in any way the pitcher feels comfortable. Most pitchers grip the first and third fingers running the length of the seams with the middle finger in between the seams. The thumb is positioned underneath on a seam. Some pitchers grip the three-finger change up similar to a four seam fastball with slight modifications.   The most important aspect of the change-up is that the ball, unlike all the fastball grips, is tucked back against the pad of the hand. When throwing any change up, the key is to keep the same pitching mechanics and arm speed. The grip of the ball will slow the speed of the pitch.