How to Pitch in Fast-Pitch Softball

Throwing a pitch in fast pitch softball is one of the most difficult skills in our sport. It takes lots of time, lots of practice, and repetition to do it. Pitchers have to have a lot of passion and dedication to their skill to get good at it. When we start with pitching the first things we need to know is how to get set up on the pitcher’s plate. The pitcher’s plate is 24 by 6. Both of our feet need to be touching the pitchers plate when we start our motion. Typically our pivot foot or our back leg is gonna start slightly more forward than our stride leg. When I first approach the pitcher’s plate, I have to do what’s called ‘present the ball.’ Then I need to bring my hands together and put the ball in my glove. Once I have taken my hands apart from my glove that’s considered the start of the pitch, and I have to make my next move towards the delivery or it’s considered an illegal pitch.

Peter A Soto is a Black Belt with more than 20 years of experience, athlete, teacher and webmaster. Based in the city of San Diego, California.

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