November 20, 2016
S: Pitchers participating in Courtney Hudson’s Pitcher Development Program (PDP) based out of Huntsville, AL have a level of expectation set by Courtney’s reputation. PDP for 2016 began August 1, 2016 and concludes January 30, 2017.
Parents can trust the main objective is injury prevention. This is accomplished with attention to detail of the pitching mechanics along with physical assessments and strength training programs. Commitment to weekly lessons from both student and instructor is crucial to the development of the pitchers. The long term goal is to help each athlete develop injury free “college bodies” that will impress college coaches, strength coaches and athletic training staff. Second priority is to teach students about muscles, movement patterns, and why each motion is necessary to reach their speed and movement goals. This will arm them with the knowledge to make smart decisions and adjustments in game situations. Long term goal is to develop smart athletes. Third priority is to use the off season to set repeatable mechanics and muscle memory. Once spring games begin, pitchers can focus on game management strategies, pitch sequence and staying one pitch ahead of the batters. The physical part of pitching will be autopilot allowing pitchers to completely focus on strategy.
One of my jobs as a college pitching coach was to quickly breakdown the other team's pitcher and pass the information along to our batters. This was key to our post season success and two regional championships. Here are a few tips for non-pitchers to identify different types of pitchers and how to prepare for your at bat.
You don't play softball
Ok... you might play softball but you don't PLAY SOFTBALL. What does this mean? I'll explain.
Many practices and workouts are dedicated to physical training or position-specific skills. The ability to relax and perform at the highest level is directly related to an athlete's mental approach. So, how can baseball and softball players establish and maintain mental focus?