How To Keep Baseball Pitchers Motivated When They Are Not
Baseball Pitching may be one of the
most exciting jobs in all sports. That is when you are
pitching. When you are between starts, this can be a very
frustrating time because you are basically sitting around waiting for your next start watching all the other
players practice. Over time, a pitcher’s mind will wander and he will begin to want to do
other things, such as hit. A smart coach will recognize this
and ensure his baseball strategy includes ways of keeping pitchers busy practicing their craft.
is a list of tips to help keep pitchers motivated on pitching:
Tape Games: Tape their games and have them
watch a tape of their game. Then, the pitchers should critique
their game and point out some things that they can improve on.
Practice baseball drills: Create a list of
drills for them to perform on their off days. These drills could
Practicing their different pitching motions (windup,
stretch and any variations) even if they are not actually throwing a baseball.
Having them practice accuracy by throwing the baseball
to the four corners of the plate. Make a game of this by
having another pitcher keep score of how well they did. These
results should be posted in the locker room as .
Have them practice bunt coverage
Have them practice their pickoff moves (pickoff to
first, second, and any variations).
Have them practice different balancing drills or
No Down Time in Games: While watching other
pitchers pitch in games, you can have non-pitching pitchers do two things:
Thinking Situations: Start having them think
about what pitch should be thrown in a certain situation.
Periodically ask them questions on what they think should be the appropriate response. If they do not have an answer, make them run fence poles, situps, or
pushups. The goal here is to keep their mind active and focused on
Tape Each Other’s Games: Have one of the other
players tape the game of the pitcher who is pitching. The taping of
the games should focus on the mechanics of the pitcher.
Weight Training: Even during the season, it is ok
for the pitchers to have one day a week of weight lifting. If their arm is sore, this should be avoided. However,
one day of weight training helps keeps muscle mass that was gained in the off season. Provide them with a basic
weight training schedule that focuses on building up the core muscles.
Physical Fitness: Incorporate running and long
toss drills into their daily routines.
Keep Pitchers Away From Batting Practice :
Separate the pitchers from the rest of the team during team batting practice to focus on other training drills
or watch film. Ideally, you would like to keep them away from the
field so they cannot watch the batting practice. We are using the
out of sight, out of mind principle here. If the pitchers cannot
see the batting practice, they are less likely to get feelings of wanting to participate in it.
main goal of these tips is to find ways that will keep the pitchers motivated in pitching. Ideally, you
would like to turn a number of these activities into games. Games seem less like practice and they allow
pitchers the ability to strive towards a goal. Initially, this may take some experimentation to find a process
that works best for your group. However, as long as they are kept active, you will have accomplished your
baseball strategy of keeping them motivated and focused on pitching.
get more tips on how to keep players motivated in the off-season, check out baseball strategies for the off-season.