Softball Bat Selection, Should I Go Light? –

Rob Crew


Bat Selection And Weight, Rob Crews

Produced By Gary Leland

In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Rob Crews is back with another great tip on bat selection, should I consider going lighter? When selecting a bat for fastpitch softball, Rob doesn’t believe in going with light bats.

For Example:

Starting out with a -10, 33″, 23 oz. softball bat and stepping up to a -10, 34″, 24 oz. bat is only a 1 oz. difference. This change is so small that you won’t be able to tell the difference. It could be a factor in you getting a hit or not. So if you wanted to go from 32″ to 34″ softball bat, you probably should.

The Science Behind It:

Bat Speed & Momentum –

Velocity (squared) Multiplied by Mass (weight) = The amount of Force your generating.

So if my bat is heavier and I swing that heavier bat faster. I’m going to generate a lot more force than someone swinging a lighter bat at a faster speed.

Don’t be afraid to step up to the larger bat, this is how you will reach your potential and get your power. We need to be able to generate our own power and Rob says “Go Heavy or Go Home.”

Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes
Subscribe with RSS
Click to buy the App for Apple
Click to buy the App for Android

Softball Junk

Sponsored by SoftballJunk.com

The Importance of Hitting Off a Tee


The Importance of Hitting Off a Tee, Rob Crews

Produced By Gary Leland

In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Rob Crews covers the importance of working with a Tee for hitting practice. He recommends a good priority on Tee work in the off season, and continuing to work with a Tee throughout the pre-season and season.

3 Biggest Things:

1. Body Timing – You can work on the timing of your body before a pitch, practicing the different “landing” or “strides” of the hit.

2. Putting the Tee in different “spots” or locations around the plate where a pitch will be to practice swing placement.

3. How to create good backspin with good outward force.

When developing hitters, Rob feels people have different views on using a Tee and to continue doing what your doing if its working. But there are many of advantages to players working on their hitting and swing with a Tee. Rob believes its like a form of meditation, to visualize and see the pitch.

Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes
Subscribe with RSS
Click to buy the App for Apple
Click to buy the App for Android

Softball Junk

Sponsored by SoftballJunk.com

Approaching The Change Up Pitch


Approaching The Change Up with Rob Crews

Produced By Gary Leland

In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Rob Crews covers a great topic on ideas to approaching how to hit the change up pitch. Rob
says this is one of his favorite topics, because although it may not be the most effective pitch, it is the most feared pitch in the box.

When developing hitters, Rob tells us why he feels differently than most coaches and that this pitch can often be a free home run if approached with the right mindset.

Key Take Aways:
1. Proper swing mechanics and being able to stay back.
2. Focusing on the approach and mindset before stepping into the box.

Rob Recommends:
If we have a change-up pitcher who is going to throw two or three change-up pitches for one at bat, we have to make the decision to hit that pitch or let it go before you step in the batter’s box. Once you decide you can still adjust but not always a good idea depending on the hitter. Decide your change-up rules, are you going to swing at a low or high pitch, or are you going to sit on the pitch and wait for a fastball.

Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes
Subscribe with RSS
Click to buy the App for Apple
Click to buy the App for Android

 

Eyeblack Stickers

Visit EyeblackStickers.com

How To Throw Faster Pitches


How To Throw Faster Pitches by Bill Hillhouse

Produced By Gary Leland

In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Bill Hillhouse talks about his most asked question on how to throw faster pitches in softball. Bill says that pitching softball is exactly as pitching baseball, power is in the legs!

Many young girls understand they are throwing the ball with their arm, but think the power comes from the arm. It does not, the explosion of energy in the pitch comes from the legs. The second factor in gaining speed is the “whip” of the arm, not the bend in the elbow.

Key Take Aways:
1. Core strength is important, develop and strengthen your legs.
2. Don’t get complacent in working on the push of the legs, and the whip of the arm.

Bill Recommends:
Think about other sports, for example where does the power come from in basketball for a jumpshot? A jumpshot takes power from all 4 parts of the body. Work on each section of the body when pitching. Don’t just wind up one arm, focus on the entire body for pitching motion. Each half of the body helps the other. Use the entire body to help get the explosiveness for speed.

Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes
Subscribe with RSS
Click to buy the App for Apple
Click to buy the App for Android

 

Eyeblack Stickers

Visit EyeblackStickers.com

How To Prevent Pitching Injuries


How To Prevent Pitching Injury by Bill Hillhouse Produced By Gary Leland

In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Bill Hillhouse talks about how to prevent common pitching injuries and their causes. Pitchers have a violent movement when pitching the softball because of the explosive movement towards the catcher. Bill covers 4 of the most recognized injuries softball pitchers complain about and the preventative steps to recognizing what you are doing incorrectly.

Four Common Injuries:
1. Shoulder soreness in the front – Most common reason, the elbow is locked as they throw the ball.
2. Shoulder soreness in the back – Most common reason is the ball/arm is to far from the head when the arm makes the circle for the pitch.

Things to look at, Is her arm stiff and locked in the rotation, is her arm to far away from her head during pitch. Straighten the arm during the pitch don’t lock

3. Lower Back Pain – Caused by the pounding when “landing” during pitch release.
4. Tendonitis in the knee – Caused from landing on hard surface as those who practice indoors.

Things to work on, strength training and conditioning in her core, and around the knees.

Bill Recommends:
The Mckenzie method of back treatment – series of stretches and preventative maintenance. http://www.mckenzieinstituteusa.org/method-patients.cfm

Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes
Subscribe with RSS
Click to buy the App for Apple
Click to buy the App for Android

Eyeblack Stickers

Visit EyeblackStickers.com

Changes In Fastpitch Softball Pitching Motion


Changes In Fastpitch Softball Pitching Motion by Bill Hillhouse

Produced By Gary Leland

In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Bill Hillhouse covers the change in what you see in pitching motions of pitcher’s on TV at the collegiate level in fast pitch softball, and why? Bill highlights one of the biggest changes pitcher’s have made today is turning or twisting their body to hide the ball from the opposing pitching coach. He also breaks down the motion and concept behind his fastpitch pitching technique.

YOU WILL ALSO LEARN:

  • How this motion negatively impacts balance
  • Proper ways to conceal the softball
  • Changing grips and preparing to throw the softball

Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes
Subscribe with RSS
Click to buy the App for Apple
Click to buy the App for Android

 

Eyeblack Stickers

Visit EyeblackStickers.com