BASIC FIELDING TIPS
by: Larry Cicchiello
Throwing problems are very common, especially with younger players. Let's look at what they are and some very good baseball coaching tips to fix them.
Here is a list of some common throwing problems, why they are happening and how they can be fixed:
Throws Are Overthrown and Sailing High:
There is a very good chance that you are not raising your throwing elbow to shoulder height. I've witnessed this hundreds of times over the years. Watch closely to replays on TV when infielders overthrow their first baseman and the throw sails high. In almost every case, you will see the infielder did not raise his elbow high enough when making the throw. Just remember, elbow too low, ball high. In essence, the ball is being pushed and not actually thrown. Another possibility for overthrowing your target is you may be releasing the ball before your landing foot hits the ground.
Under Throwing the Ball:
The problem is usually at your release point. If you release the ball too late, your throw will almost definitely be too low. Another strong possibility is that your front shoulder is dipping down below your throwing shoulder. If your front shoulder dips, there is a good chance your throw will be low and short of your target. Whenever possible, make sure that your shoulders stay level throughout the throwing motion.
General Erratic Throwing:
There is no substitute for spending time practicing your throwing. If you throw the ball every day, your throwing will improve. It simply has to. Just remember, every time you throw a baseball you should aim for a target. It's one of the simplest yet most important baseball fielding tips for improving throwing. If having a catch with someone, aim for their left shoulder, then their right shoulder, left hip, right hip, etc. Every time you throw a baseball, aim for something! How can this possibly not help? It has to help and it will help you tremendously.
If throwing erratically, the problem could very well be in your footwork. Not getting their feet set up properly is a very common problem, especially with youngsters. Their feet are not set when they throw the ball because of their impatience to want to throw the ball too soon. Their arm is ready but their footwork is not ready yet. They have no balance or foundation.
Like we mentioned above, keep your shoulders level and keep them square to your target. Make sure your front foot is pointing to your target and your back foot lined up like you are pitching and using the pitching rubber. Once again, every time you throw a baseball, aim for a target. There is no way on earth that this will not help you out tremendously!
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