Increasing Baseball Pitching Speed

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Baseball Pitching
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The chief financial officer of Washakie Renewable Energy, LLC, in Utah, Isaiah Kingston not only develops financial strategies, but also manages capital request processes and the company’s hedging needs. An active member of his community, Isaiah Kingston previously coached Little League Baseball.

Fastballs can be extremely intimidating to batters, but some pitchers struggle with increasing their pitching speed. In most cases, increasing speed begins with the legs. This may seem unrelated, but pitchers cannot throw with speed and accuracy when their lower body lacks stability. To improve stability, pitchers can do calf raises or lunges a few times a week.

In addition to working on the legs, pitchers may want to try lifting weights and improving their arm and shoulder strength. Many coaches suggest that pitchers avoid this to prevent injuries, but it can be done as long as players do not max out on their weights. Ideally, pitchers should comfortably be able to complete between eight and 15 reps of the weight they choose.

If balance and strength is not the issue, pitchers may have poor mechanics. Getting the right pitching mechanics is one of the simplest ways of improving pitching speed, and it involves everything from gripping the baseball properly to positioning the legs. Good mechanics ensures that the entire body moves as a single unit and that the legs, arms, and torso work together to increase the ball velocity.

Tips for Throwing a Curveball

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Throwing a Curveball
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An economics graduate of the University of Utah, Isaiah Kingston serves as the CFO of Washakie Renewable Energy in Salt Lake City. In his free time, Isaiah Kingston enjoys baseball and has coached Little League.

Many baseball pitchers have problems with their curveball. Here are a few tips:

1. Ball grip. The position of the middle finger is key to throwing a curveball. Curveballs get their rotation from the friction generated between the middle finger and the ball’s seams, so find a grip that maximizes this friction.

2. Target. Because curveballs swerve in the air, achieving accuracy is difficult. As a general rule, aim for a spot just over the head of the catcher, and allow the ball to do the rest of the work for you.

3. Stride length. Typically, a curveball stride is shorter than a fastball stride. If you find your curveballs consistently coming out high, try reducing your stride length by 2 to 4 inches.