The towel drill is good for pitchers because it allows pitchers to focus on the mechanics of the delivery without having to worry about putting a strain on their shoulders and elbows. The towel drill allows pitchers to fine-tune their natural pitching motion.
Even during the hot summer months, pitchers do whatever they can to keep their arms warm between innings. You often see pitchers wrapping their arms in towels in the dugout to stay loose.
In baseball statistics, walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) is a sabermetric measurement of the number of baserunners a pitcher has allowed per inning pitched. WHIP is calculated by adding the number of walks and hits allowed and dividing this sum by the number of innings pitched.
Not using a full extension of your arm is known as “short-arming” the ball and it causes a loss in distance and velocity. Short-arming sometimes resembles a shot putt motion and results from not bringing the arm back through the full range of motion when you throw. You can fix short-arming with a couple of drills.
A rosin bag is a small canvas bag filled with rosin powder (a sticky substance extracted from the sap of fir trees) used by pitchers to improve their grip on the baseball and keep their hands dry. The rules specifically allow the rosin bag to be kept on the field of play.
Wrist. Many young players don’t use their wrist much when throwing the ball. When the ball is brought back in the throwing motion, the wrist should be cocked back. This way the wrist can be used as part of the throwing motion.
A pitcher that does not have a mound to push off of will often develop a “cheat step”or slide her foot forward before beginning her pitching motion. In a game, this would be called an “illegal pitch.” For some, this can be a difficult habit to break once it’s been rehearsed this way.
The leg lift is important for two different reasons. First, it starts the pitcher’s momentum toward the plate. Momentum is important for the pitcher because it helps generate force behind the ball. Secondly, the leg lift allows the pitcher to load the back leg and hips.
If you have sharp pain in your arm after pitching, then yes – icing will help reduce pain, swelling and inflammation. However, if you do NOT have sharp pain, then ice only stands to reduce the amount of bloodflow to the pitching arm, which actually slows recovery.
Pitchers should keep a jacket on between innings (even during summer months) to keep the muscles from contracting during the cooling effect and to lessen the soreness felt the next day.
Long-toss has been integrated into throwing programs for years as a means of building arm strength, increasing throwing endurance, improving glenohumeral range of motion, increasing velocity, and decreasing injury risk [4–6].
Usually, an average WHIP is around 1.30, while a good WHIP is under 1.10, and an elite WHIP is below 1. A WHIP over 1.50 is generally considered poor. Though they aren’t completely related, usually a pitcher with a good WHIP will have a good ERA as well.
Because shorter forearm, wrist, hand and finger bones have less inertia to overcome, a baseball pitcher can move them faster through release.
The “yips” is an informal term for a movement disorder involving your wrists. It causes involuntary muscle spasms when you’re trying to perform a specific movement. Commonly, the yips are associated with baseball players and golfers.