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Dean J Veal
7581 Old Redmond Rd, #10
Redmond, Washington
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Saturday, May 5
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10. Then click the printer to PRINT. Or you can print it as is which prints
    the top and left side of WEB page.

1) The first week or two you should play catch from about 40 to 75 feet. If your arm gets sore at any distance that means that you moved back to fast and you need to move back in.

2) Past the first two weeks really depends on you. Everybody is going to move at their own pace. For me when I was playing at this point in my throwing program I would start at about 45 feet, play there for a while and then back up to 60 feet. Once I started to feel like I could let the ball go a little then I would back up to 90 feet. YOU SHOULD NEVER THROW UNTIL YOUR ARM IS SORE. Stay at this distance until you feel like you can really get the ball to the other person on a line.

3) This is where you can really tell if your ready for the mound. You need to warm up at 45 feet, then moving back to 60 feet, then 90 feet. After you feel like your arm is good and loose then you move back to 120 feet. Really work on throwing the ball on a line. If when throwing you notice a big arc on the ball, this means you may have moved back to quickly. If you want to become a hard thrower you need to take your long toss seriously.


* Most starting pitchers take a step directly back or slightly to the side. This keeps your weight in the right place (over the rubber). If you take too large a step then your weight will follow and will no longer be over the rubber. REMEMBER, TAKE A COMFORTABLE STEP!

* There are two positions your hands may take, either over your head or in front of your chin. I prefer the hands over the head or the full wind up for a number of reasons. It puts you in a rhythm which helps for a smooth delivery towards home plate. It helps with your hand separation and eliminates some of the jerky motion. If you feel uncomfortable with the full wind-up then don't do it. If you choose to leave your hands in front of your chin, it is important that you refrain from bouncing them. This will cause your arms to be late with your delivery. QUIET HANDS!


* The foot pivot is important in helping with your stride direction and keeping your body in line with home plate. After taking your drop back step your pivot foot should slide down parallel with the front of the rubber. If your foot is not parallel with the rubber then your stride direction will be wrong and you will lose leverage. ALWAYS STAY ON THE BALLS OF YOUR FEET! This will help in keeping your weight over the rubber and in proper balance.

* Your leg lift should be smooth and not forced. As you pivot with your foot your body also turns so it is parallel with the rubber or a little bit closed. At this point your leg kick starts. Your knee should come up so that it is just above your belt (about 75 degrees from thigh to chest). DON'T KICK YOUR LEG UP, LIFT YOUR LEG UP! This will cause you to lose your balance point and throw off your delivery. When your leg kick is at its' peak you should be able to hold it with out falling over. Without this kind of balance and control, your lower body will not be used effectively and you will lose velocity on your fast ball. RELAX YOUR FOOT WHEN YOU LIFT YOUR LEG! DON'T FORCE YOUR TOE UP OR DOWN! This will cause you to land on your heel or at best throw your weight out of balance.

* Next comes your hand separation. This is one of the toughest things to do correctly. AS YOUR LEG BEGINS TO FALL YOU ARE TO TURN YOUR THUMB DOWN ON YOUR GLOVE HAND AS WELL AS YOUR THROWING HAND! Push your glove hand towards home plate continuing to keep your thumb down. Let your throwing hand fall down out of your glove rather than throwing it straight back. This will help you to begin a full circle with your throwing hand at the same time keeping you from short arming the ball. Make sure that when you are half way through the circle and your arm is directly behind you that you show the center fielder the ball. Showing the ball to the center fielder will take stress away from your shoulder.


* As your hand starts to come forward you are to slowly turn the ball so that it is facing the catcher. ALWAYS STAY BEHIND AND ON TOP OF THE BALL! If you get under the ball you tend to push it, which will cause a loss of control and a considerable loss of velocity. KEEP YOUR ELBOW AND YOUR BICEP AT OR SLIGHTLY ABOVE YOUR SHOULDER HEIGHT! Pushing your elbow much higher will put too much stress on your shoulder and over a period of time could injure it. Find a consistent arm slot and release point. This will improve your accuracy.

* When your leg starts to fall your foot should slowly turn so that when your foot hits the ground it will be pointing towards the catcher or slightly closed. Always keep your back leg tall. If your back leg breaks down you lose leverage and you throw a flat ball. IF YOU THROW TALL YOUR BALL WILL CROSS MORE THAN ONE PLAIN MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT TO HIT.

* Your arm should not stop its' movement until your elbow hits your thigh. When you begin to throw the ball your lead arm will come in and fold up against your side. After you throw the ball your back foot will pop off the ground and into the air before it lands again across from your other foot. At this point your back should be flat. If your back leg does not pop off it is because you are holding your back foot to the rubber, slowing down all the momentum to home plate. This will cause a substantial drop in velocity.


1. Side Step
2. Foot Pivot
3. Leg Lift
4. Hand Separation
5. Releasing The Baseball
6. Follow Through Or Finish


A very difficult play for outfielders is charging and catching a screaming line drive. Depending on the spin of the ball, the ball may dive, sail, or even knuckle. As an outfielder approaches a low line drive, it is often advantageous to slide to keep the ball closer to eye level.

To execute this drill, the coach takes a knee with a bucket of balls directly in front of him. The outfielders are lined up about 30 feet out in front of the coach. On the coaches 'go' signal, the first player sprints to you and begins a slide (to your side), just before they reach you. A slide here is identical to a slide into a base... feet first with one leg tucked under. As the player begins to slide, the coach should toss a ball into the air (straight up, 2 to 3 feet) to your side. The player is then to slide underneath the ball and make the catch.

Certainly, you can take this drill and make some variations to make it more difficult for older athletes. We make this drill a little more fun every once in a while and wet the grass so the players will slide longer and faster.


A good drill for outfielders is what I call "Monkey in the Middle." You need four outfielders lined up in a row. The two inside men are the ones who start the drill and are the cutoff men. The two outside men are the outfielders. The drill uses one ball and a continuous ball movement from outfielder to infielder, back to outfielder and finally returning to the infielder.

To start the drill one of the inside men will throw a groundball or fly ball to the outfielder on his side. As the outfielder gets ready to catch the ball, the inside man who threw the ball gets in position as the cutoff man. The outfielder catches the ball and throws through the man who started it to the other inside man (throwing through the cutoff man). Once the second inside man catches the ball from the far side outfielder, he turns and does the same thing to the outfielder on his side. You keep doing this until the coach says stop.
Things to look for in this drill are the outfielders getting into proper position as they field the ball, using a proper crow hop, their throwing mechanics, and height of the ball on the throw. Every once in awhile either the coach or one of the inside men can yell “CUT” to make sure the outfielder is throwing a ball that can be cut off. Then have the guys switch positions and the inside men can go to the outfielders positions and outfielders can go to the inside positions. After you have developed better arm strength you can move this drill to the football field to get longer throws.


This teaches the outfielder the proper step forward as he catches the ball as well as practice the correct fundamentals of throwing.
Procedure: Put a runner on second or thrid base. The outfielders will be in their outfield positions and coach stands behind second base throwing fly-balls in all directions and telling them what the situation is and where the throws should go. The outfielders should try to attempt to get behind the ball with their drop-step and throw to the right base. Remember, if he throws with his right hand he will be stepping forward with his right foot as he catches the ball and vice-versa if he is left-handed.

This drill provides the necessary momentum and arm-leg coordination needed to make the throw strong and accurate without wasting to much time with additional steps.


This is used to develop the outfielders ablitiy to throw low and put the correct backspin on the ball and to throw overhand.

Procedure: The outfielders can pair-off and face each other about 100-125 feet apart. Each pair has ball to bounce back and forth to each other to see who can get the longest bounce. Remember to have them check their throws, if the ball goes left or right after the bounce, they are not throwing overhand or keeping their fingers on top of the ball. They want to achieve backspin on the ball.

As they develop, they can gradually move out to about 175-200 feet.


This will help develop the skill of fielding a ball that hit the fence, then turning toward the gloved hand and throwing 100-125 feet to a relay man with no bounce.

Procedure: Have the players form a single line, the first person becomes the fielder and a coach or the second person in line throws the ball past the fielder up against the fence. The play is made, then the second person in line becomes the fielder and the original fielder goes to the end of the line.

Remember to check if the fielder is turning toward the gloved hand and that the throws are at head height. Make sure their arms are warmed up and in condition and don't let them make to many throws unless there as some rest in between.


When outfielders have been standing around quite a while due to an "infield game", timeouts (injury or otherwise), pitching changes, etc., they run the risk of hurting their arm if they have to really uncork a throw.

I have coached them to hold their glove in their throwing hand and do arm rotations and simulate throws. The weight of the glove helps to provide some muscle resistance and keeps things warm and stretched out. They also keep their legs warm by jogging in place and doing some light stretching.

All of this helps to reduce injury when they are involved in an outfield play.

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