This is from a
request of Stacey Lang, in Marietta, Ohio, as well as some other
people around the country. I will elaborate as soon as I have time.
The first year into their career of corse, is PLEASE
just throw a strike.
Then it is high in the zone, low in the zone, KEEP
IT OUT OF THE MIDDLE, and remembering/cataloging what the batter
missed or hit. Knowing that if you are ahead in the count, throw one
over the strike zone, trying to get them to fish for it. (Waste
Remember that softball/baseball is a game of
percentages, and you are making a calculated guess that the odds are
in your favor. Sometimes you will miss guess. Oh well, but by the
time the end of the season rolls around you should have a pretty
good map, either in your head, or on paper, of each batters
strengths and weaknesses. See the pitching chart . The chart is good
for analyzing pitches and hitting, for both teams. I also have and
use, a batters spray chart .
1. Throwing to a weekness.
If a girl looks bad on a high, or a low pitch she
has shown you a weakness.
If a girl looks good on a high, or a low pitch she
has shown you a strength, and the weakness is usually at the other
If a coach yells out before she has taken a swing,
"Lay off of the high ones, he has told you about her weakness. Or he
might use key words like "use discipline," etc.
Usually if a girl is weak high she will probably be
strong at the other end, low. And conversley, if a girl is strong
high she will probably be week at the other end, low.
If a girl hits a high pitch hard. Especially out of
the strike zone she has demonstrated that she has a strength high,
and usually her weakness is at the other end. And visa versa.
If a girl holds the barrel of the bat perpendicular
to the ground (high), her hands have to change directions to hit a
ball at the top of the strike zone. The reason her bat is high, is
probably because someone told her to get the back elbow up. The
first motion she takes with her arms is back elbow forward, dragging
the barrel of the bat down, and sometimes below the shoulder. Rule
of thumb, bat high throw them high.
If the girl holds her bat parallel to the ground
(low), her hands are in a straight line to hit the higher pitches
and, will usually have less luck hitting the lower pitch because she
has to change hand direction to make contact. Bat low throw them
Inside and outside
Only after the pitcher has become more proficient
would I worry about inside and outside.
Inside on slow bat speed, or inside on the hands
with heat, after a change up.
Low and outside on a batter that bails out, or if
you have never seen a batter before.
Low and away from a slapper.
If a girl has a reputation of pulling the ball,
throw her inside with a little off of the normal speed. After she
rips two balls foul, and is feeling confident, throw a change on the
outside of the plate.
Watch a girl when she is playing another team and
try to find a weakness, remembering that the differences in pitching
styles, offer different strengths. Just because the team can hit a
drop doesn't necessarily mean they can hit your pitchers drop.
I hope that this little bit helps. If you want more
detail write, and I can elaborate.