Handling Your Pitcher
Pitchers are considered by many to be the most important element in a team's success. Pitchers are the only player on the field who touch the ball on every play. Baseball is essentially a confrontation between the pitcher and the batter. The winner of that battle controls the outcome of the game.
A pitcher must learn how to throw before he can learn how to pitch. Throwing is the basic foundation for pitching, and when properly learned it will lead development of pitching skills. Do not accept poor throwing action.
The pitcher can control all its variables. Pitching is an action and hitting is a reaction, involving a series of variables that the batter cannot control, such as the type, speed, and location of the pitch.
Pitchers are built from the ground up. It takes approximately six weeks to make a substancial change in a pitcher's delivery. Pitchers are usually unwilling to try new things during the season because they are concerned about seasonal statistics. It can be very difficult to make changes during the season. Do not let statistics get in the way. Off-season training is critical to a young pitchers success.
Games belong to the players; practices belong to the coaches. Each pitcher must become his own pitching coach. Trust the players' ability to make decisions, including pitch selection.
Establishing priorities with a pitcher must start with making sure he arm stays healthy. Without a healthy arm, all else is meaningless. Overworking the arm is the biggest causes of arm injury. Limiting the number of pitches is a good starting point. It is better to pitch to little than to much. Listen to the athlete, he will provide you with the best X-ray of his arm. If he is hurting, make him feel free to express it. Once you have made sure to prevent injury to the arm, you can consider other priorities:
Developing a kinesthetic sense (muscle memory) requires endless hours of repetition, but with pitching we must be cautious that we do not overwork the arm. Learning a skill involves a sufficient amount of teaching plus an enormous amount of practice.
Don't think that practice alone will lead to learning. Practice alone leads to permanency. A skill incorrectly learned is extremely hard to change. A pitcher must learn how to throw properely. Throwing involves
While a pitcher continues to improve arm action and throwing skill, he needs to work on the fundamental body mechanics that are unique to pitching.
Teach your pitchers a game strategy:
Handling the pitching staff
You plan the rotation and you make the decision when to take a pitcher out of the game. More runs are scored in the first inning than in any other. When a pitcher first crosses the line to warm up, he is trying to concentrate and find his rhythm. It takes some pitchers longer than others. Have patience in those early innings. Don't be hasty in your decision to remove a pitcher, try to go as far as you can with a pitcher. He must learn how to pitch through adversity and know that you are behind him. When you have to make a change have the pitcher on the mound stay there and hand the ball to the incoming pitcher and offer words of encouragement. The player may be leaving because he is not pitching well, yet he is still there to offer words of encouragement to his teammate. That's a team mind-set.