The BEST Thing Coaches Can Do For Their Pitchers
August 5, 2015
"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." -Benjamin Franklin
What are most coaches doing?
They are NOT giving their pitchers proper notice of when they're scheduled to pitch either in a starting or relieving role.
Why is this hurting pitchers?
Because pitchers are unable to get into a routine between starts and properly prepare to pitch.
How much notice should coaches give?
Letting pitchers know 6-7 days ahead of time enables them to schedule their running, conditioning, long toss, and bullpen sessions.
As Roger Clemens once said: "My only day off is the day I pitch."
What should pitchers do between starts?
The 4 activities I recommend are:
- Running: Knowing when to do endurance and sprint training
- Weight Jump Rope / Medicine ball training: Helps keep the rotator cuff 'Baseball Strong' and enhance recovery between starts
- Long Toss: Helps maintain proper timing of the throwing motion and is just as important than doing a bullpen session
- Bullpen session: Working on different pitches and final preparation before the next pitching appearance
When should pitchers do these activities between starts?
I answer this question in my baseball video library that gives a sample routine between pitching appearances.
Have Questions About This Newsletter?
Contact (631-352-7654 / PitchingDoc@msn.com) Dr. Arnold!