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Fastpitch Drill: Basics, Basics, Basics!

Look at it from my point of view. I'm a private pilot and periodically, I must prove my proficiency by flying with a CFI (Certified Flight Instructor). I am responsible for life and limb of my passengers and also for you people who do not leave the planet.

I'll give you three guesses what every CFI makes me do. Yes! Basics, basics, basics. Maneuvers I was taught the first time I flew an airplane--circles around a point, "S" turns over a highway, etc.

Now back to my point of view. If basics are good enough for us high flyers, it ought to do some good for you folks with both of your feet on the ground.

Here is a basic drill I use for pitchers of all ages and skill levels. I call it the "three catcher corners" drill. The purpose of this drill is to reaffirm in the pitcher's mind that where you step is where you pitch. It also reassures the pitcher to step and pitch at the target (glove).

Here's how it works. Use the proper pitching distance for the age level you are working with. Using that distance, make a half semicircle approximately 30 feet long. Every three feet, make an X with tape on the floor. Place a catcher on either outside X and the third catcher on the X where home plate would be.

Start the drill by pitching to the catcher on the pitcher's right, then to the center catcher and then to the catcher on the left. Now move the catcher on the right and the catcher on the left three feet toward the center catcher and repeat the pitching sequence. Continue this process until the three catchers get very close to each other, then eliminate the center catcher and move the remaining two catchers shoulder-to-shoulder: the corners.

Conclusion: any pitcher cat hit the inside and outside corners.