Christie Ambrosi Softball Pitching Trainer

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Pitching Aid Christie Ambrosi Pitching Training Softball

Christie Ambrosi Training Softball

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Standard, White 11 Inch Training Softball
Color Coded Finger Guides

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Do you have a young pitcher looking to learn and perfect her skills? Ever wonder how to throw a Rise ball, Change up, Fastball, or Drop ball like an Olympic pitcher? Excellent pitching mechanics is a key factor for young pitchers learning how to pitch. When a Fastpitch Softball pitcher starts off with excellent mechanics and techniques, they are less likely to develop bad habits. Developing bad habits is a key thing to avoid when just beginning. Pitching requires a number of tools and techniques to learn how to throw the ball with maximum power and most importantly, movement. One thing that young pitchers work best off of is visual tools. Let me introduce the Christie Ambrosi Softball Pitching Trainer.


The Christie Ambrosi Softball Pitching Trainer


Christie Ambrosi Windmill Pitch Trainer Softball

christie-ambrosi-team-usa-olympianChristie Ambrosi is well known for her Faspitch Softball Olympic Gold Medal win in 2000. Soon after, she was approached by a friend, and agreed it would be an excellent idea to develop a new pitching trainer for young Fastpitch pitchers. Ambrosi endorsed the creation of a softball that would allow young pitchers to learn the exact spins and finger placing techniques she used during her entire Fastpitch Softball career, including in the Olympics. The Christie Ambrosi Softball Pitching Trainer is an 11 inch softball that includes color-coded pitches. Color-codes on the softball show you exactly how to place your fingers on the ball to throw specific pitches. Learn how to throw Ambrosi’s most famous and best pitches such as a Rise Ball, Turn Over Drop Ball, Fastball, and Change Up.

The Christie Ambrosi Pitcher’s Softball is an essential training tool for any first-time pitcher or pitchers wanting to develop their skills to the next level. The best part about this ball is it can be used by left and right handed pitchers. This set comes with one 11 inch color-coded softball and an instructional booklet. An 11 inch softball that shows you how to throw pitches just like an Olympic Gold Medalist, what more could you ask for?

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How Can A Windmill Pitcher Improve Her Ball Velocity?

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This episode Dr. Sherry Werner of the Sherry Werner Fastpitch Academy, Discuss the concept and studies behind how to increase ball velocity for your windmill pitcher. There are 4 key components behind the mechanics of improving your windmill pitching.

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Sherry Werner Sherry Werner, PhD is currently a biomechanics consultant with Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, TMI Sports Medicine, and Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, and a pitching instructor at the Sherry Werner Fastpitch Academy. She has held research positions at the United States Olympic Training Center. She received a MS degree in Biomechanics from Indiana University in 1989 and a PhD in Biomechanics from The Pennsylvania State University in 1995. Past projects include data collection and analysis of elite softball pitchers during the 1996 Olympic Games.

 

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Developing Exceptional Bat Speed

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Developing Exceptional Bat Speed

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Most hitters have the potential to drastically increase their bat speed, but the solution to quick hands is counter-intuitive. Hitters typically attempt to swing harder instead of smarter. Well trained hitters swing smarter and more efficiently by staying “short to the ball”. What does it mean to stay short? To clarify, we must re-visit math class. Do not panic; this one is easy!

Mentally draw the shortest route from point “A” to point “B” below.

A•

B•

If you drew a straight line, congratulations. You just aced my little geometry test! Geometry has proven that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Curvy lines are long and slow. Straight lines are short, quick and most effective for hitters.

As hitters, we want to create a short path for our hands from the starting position in our stance (point “A”) to contact (point “B”). This adjustment will dramatically increase bat speed.

The change is simple but not easy. To understand the concept fully, picture a sparkler attached to the end of the bat. Imagine drawing smoke lines in the air with the sparkler, and consider drawing a straight line from stance to contact.

Now, toss the sparkler image and visualize the bat in a pipe. The pipe is facing the same direction and is at the same angle as the bat while the hitter is in her stance and load positions. From this position, the hitter must pull her barrel out of the pipe without breaking the pipe.

To accomplish this, the barrel must stay loaded (meaning in line with the pipe), and the hands must continue forward with the wrists cocked backward.

If a hitter releases the wrists early by casting her hands or bat away from the body, she will break the pipe. If she drops the hands or barrel, again, she will break the pipe.

If she starts pulling the bat out of the pipe but stops her hands at or before contact, the barrel will end up in front of the hands, and she will break the pipe. The goal is to keep the hands in front of the barrel for as long as possible throughout the swing.

Take a timeout for a quick experiment:

Have the hitter begin her swing in slow motion. Pause the swing at any point while the hands are still in front of the barrel. In other words, the hands are between the barrel and the pitcher. Have her “get strong,” and keep the bat from moving. Then, grab the barrel and gently try shaking the bat.

Note: we do not typically want our hands tight during a swing. This exercise is an experiment designed to make a point, not to teach incorrect mechanics promoting tight hands.

The hitter should then take another slow motion swing but should not stop until extension, so the barrel is between the hitter’s hands and the pitcher. The hitter should “get strong” with her hands. The other player or coach should then wiggle the barrel again.

Does the hitter feel stronger with her hands in front or her barrel in front? If the experiment is conducted properly, she should feel strongest with her hands in front.

Leading with the hands for as long as possible throughout the swing will promote a short bat path which results in quicker hands and a faster bat.

Developing quick hands and maximizing efficiency from stance to contact is challenging! We cannot adequately cover all necessary elements in one article, but the off-season is the perfect time to focus on these more complex skill adjustments.

Now is the time! Start working on your hands and bat path this week. Below are some simple, yet effective drills to help:

Knob Punch—Set up a tall tee so the ball sits just below the level of the hitter’s hands in her stance position. Set the tee on the white chalk line of the batter’s box so the ball sits just inside the hitter’s front foot. The hitter will then pop the back side of the ball with the knob of her bat. The proper motion will result in weak ground balls rolling straight toward the middle of the field. The barrel should stay “in the pipe,” and her hands should move not only to the ball but through the ball. The bat should move more like a pool stick than a softball bat in this drill. This drill helps the hitter feel the proper mechanics during the initial forward movement with the hands and bat.

Ball Catch—Use baseballs or tennis balls for this drill. The hitter should stand in the box without a bat. She should emulate her regular hitting stance and set her hands in a comfortable position. Then, she will tuck her bottom hand (arm closest to the pitcher) into her chest, and her top hand stays in its typical stance position. A tosser, standing 10-15 feet in front of home plate, tosses one ball at the time over the inside corner of home plate. The hitter must catch the ball in line with or in front of her front foot. After 10-12 repetitions, she should switch hands and repeat the steps above. This drill allows hitters to isolate each hand and practice straight-line movements with the hands.

Tall Tee—Increase the tee height, so the ball sits at the very top of the hitter’s strike zone. Set the tee over the middle of the plate and a bit in front of the hitter’s front foot. The goal is to hit line drives up the middle. The simulated high pitch will encourage the hitter’s hands to move straight from stance to contact and will help reduce the muscle memory associated with dropping. If she can hit line drives up the middle from this position, she is doing a pretty good job of throwing her hands forward instead of casting away from the body.

Want quick hands? Work smart!

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But I Don’t Want to!

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I hope you are sitting down as you read this. Because I’m going to ask you a brain teaser and I don’t want you to get dizzy thinking to hard and fall over. Are you ready?

When can you GET DIRTY without actually GETTING DIRTY?

Most of my articles to this point have involved the physical kind of dirt. But I submit that when you “roll up your sleeves” so to speak, you get over your fears and sacrifice yourself for the benefit of the team you have in deed “gotten dirty” regardless of how much physical soil/grass may be on your uniform.

A perfect example of this would someone laying down a sacrifice bunt while your teammate gets to score the winning run. It’s not really glamorous and lowers your batting average. But if you like winning then more often than not then this skill is crucial.

Yet week in and week out I watch games at all levels that are lost because players on one side or the other are in a situation of being able to win the game if they can bunt and yet the players can’t do it. CAN’T DO IT!

While I talk about bunting for hours with my students, and as you watch the videos you’ll see I’m at no loss of words regarding bunting. Yet I want to start the series by really keeping things very simple … At the end of the day bunting merely involves two things:

Physically it involves holding your bat out in front of the pitch so that the pitch hits the bat. That’s it.
Mentally it involves your willingness to sacrifice your chance for a home run for the betterment of the team. That’s it.
You aren’t trying to time anything.
You aren’t trying to hit it over the heads of lightening fast girls.
You simply have to let the ball travel to you and hit your bat.
But I don’t want to!

So why does such a straight forward combination of skills go so horribly, horribly wrong in games at every level? That wasn’t a rhetorical question if you can tell me why girls at every level of this game so consistently fail to execute this skill I would love for you to email me. Because for the life of me I just can’t figure it out.

If you are reading and you don’t have the answer to the question either then I hope you’ll join me in championing this much needed but so dramatically under practiced and under appreciated skill. Please watch the videos, practice the drills yourself and share them with your teams and the rest of the softball world.

As you watch the drills consider the fact that you can easily practice any of them in the comfort of your own living room. Simply have mom/dad toss some rolled up socks at you instead of a ball. You don’t even have to give up your favorite television shows because you can simply do the drills during the commercials. Can it be any easier than that?

As you progress, consider modifying the drills slightly to make them tougher and yet more fun? I know what you are thinking “what could be more fun or tougher than the drills I teach?” Fair question. Several of my drills this first week involve trying to catch the ball on the bat instead of poking the ball. The concept is that if you catch as you would a hot potato the ball will fall right into the bucket below you. Instead of using a bucket consider using a bowl and instead of a ball consider having them toss your favorite snack or M&M’s at you. If you do the drill correctly your favorite snack drops right into your bowl and you have a snack afterwards to celebrate your ability. Of course to simulate game conditions your heart will be broken when you throw away all of the snacks that missed the bowl and are now on the floor. You get to eat the ones that fall into the bowl, and like a game your heart is broken when you throw away those that hit the floor. If you are able to practice with teammates add some competition to the drills. 10 pitches to each other at a time and the first to 50 perfect bunts into the bucket wins.

They Lost Perspective On The Sport

Written By Bill Plummer

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Lance Armstrong wanted it all and ended up failing miserably. Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez is still playing but has filed an appeal relating to his involvement in performance-enhancing drugs. A-Rod has been given a 211-game ban. Armstrong and Rodriguez are guilty of wanting it all in sports at any cost. They lost perspective on the sport they were involved with and didn’t care what they did to get what they wanted. What they wanted was more money and fame. It’s a sad situation, but they have no one to blame but themselves.

No matter if it’s Armstrong, A-Rod or any other athlete, college or pro, keeping everything in perspective is paramount. Even if you get a Division one softball scholarship, understand that with it comes a responsibility to live up to the policies and procedures of the college or university that has awarded you the scholarship. There are policies and procedures in pro and amateur sports, but too often these policies and procedures are violated and you read about it in the morning newspaper. Getting a full ride to a major university or college is a privilege and should be treated that way. Too often athletes, especially in Division One football, don’t treat it as a privilege and take it lightly. When they lose sight of this, they end losing their scholarship or, even worse, kicked off the team because they are arrested or violated the policy or procedure often.

Even if you get a Division One softball scholarship remember that there is life after softball and playing college softball is only four years. Perhaps you’ll be drafted by the NPF and might want to give pro softball a try. That is fine, but remember you aren’t going to get rich playing pro softball. The salaries in the NPF are small in comparison to other pro leagues. For June, July and August, the NPF salary is approximately $5,000 to $6.000 per player. If you play overseas, and especially in Japan, the salaries are considerably better, usually in the $100,000 to $300,000 range. So be sure that if you want to play pro softball, either in the USA or aboard, understand that eventually in time you will retire from the NPF to have a career in something else maybe besides softball or you might want to coach.

Unfortunately, because of the amount of money that is being squandered by pro teams, athletes are taking risks and don’t care about the consequences. In the long run they lose and leave behind a legacy of infamy that will label them for the rest of their lives. A-Rod said “The last seven months has been a nightmare, has been probably the worst time of my life for sure.” He doesn’t say who was to blame for this period of time. Of course it was A-Rod. Don’t end up like A-Rod or Armstrong. Keep a level head about your softball career during the time you’re playing and after the playing career is over. There is too much to lose. Your good name and reputation are not worth throwing them away for money. Armstrong and A-Rod did. And they’ve got to live with what they did for the rest of their lives. Don’t end up like them. Keep softball in perspective, on and off the field of play.

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Open Letter to a College Freshman

Written By Rob Crews

Open Letter To A College Freshman

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This is an open letter to a player headed to go and play college softball for the first time. Basically, it is what I have explained to all my girls during our final sessions before departure. It is important to me that they understand the adaptation process at its core and at an intellectual level.

Dear Molly,

I just wanted to write you this letter to offer some words of encouragement. I have been mentoring you for a number of years now. And being weeks away from going to college, I feel you are more than ready. In fact, you are ready both mentally and physically. Believe me, there is a huge difference.

Over the past 15 years, I have seen so many players like you -headed into a “different world” and thinking its all good.

Someone asked me the other day, “Rob, if you could tell your college-bound hitters one thing, what would that be?” “What is that 1 thing they need to know?”

Trust me, this is such a good question. And I will say this to you -“When a coach tries to change your swing or approach, don’t freak out.”

“That’s it?”

“Yes -that’s it.”

“Well, why?”

“Can you elaborate?”

In my recent years of mentoring and preparing hitters for intercollegiate competition, I have realized the need to re-focus my format -to create a format that is more adaptable to the possibility of being changed.

The truth is most softball hitters become extremely emotional during the process of adapting to a new hitting model. Especially a model which is radically different than the swing model one has employed for the past 4 or 5 years of their life. Here is where the emotion can be the biggest hindrance to improving and being able accept changes. Proof that emotion is really a weakness that disconnect the brain from the body.

Side note: Strengthening the connection of the brain to body is the point of practice and reps.

Apparently, the more educated the hitter, the more difficult it can be to adapt or buy into radical changes. The truth is, many of the programs with the younger assistant coaches have not been exposed to different hitting styles. These younger assistant coaches are more likely to teach only what they have learned or done themselves. The more experienced and open-minded hitting coaches will be able to adapt to the various styles throughout the team.

“So then, what should a new college hitter do when they find themselves in that situation.”

It basically comes down to mindset. In fact, it always comes down to mindset. I feel more comfortable as a mentor and coach, teaching hitters how to stick to specific principles in their hitting approach. This ensures adaptability on the part of the hitter-especially if the college coach does not have the ability to adapt. I learned this from hanging around professional baseball coaches. Seems like those pro baseball coaches realize they get more out of a player (sooner) if they can adapt as a coach and teach to the player -that is teach to a player’s natural swing. So sometimes I find myself teaching something I actually hate or disagree with fundamentally, but it works for the player. In other words, sometimes the comfortability of the hitter is more important than what I believe is fundamentally correct. There’s an old saying, “There’s more than one way to fry chicken.”

Now don’t get me wrong, there are certain things hitters want to do that are simply non-negotiable. However, there are benefits to allowing a hitter to adapt slowly and not force them into an uncomfortable place too soon. A seasoned, experienced coach understands this and will get more players too succeed. I would never want my stubbornness as a coach to be the reason for a player’s failures.

“Well I can tell you this, a lot of hitting coaches don’t teach outside of what they believe.”

That’s true. And that’s the reason why there aren’t many highly effective coaches out there. A lot of winning college hitting coaches have the ability to teach to the various hitting styles they will encounter. Better yet, they understand how to recruit players that can fit into their hitting model or they know they can transition into good college hitters.

People pay me to help get players to the next level. So if I am teaching what works at the HS/TRAVEL level and not the college level then I am serving myself and not the best interest of the athlete’s future. Therefore, my sole responsibility is to prepare my athletes to dominate the college experience -which is more mental and emotional than they can ever imagine.

“What advice if any do you have for the younger college coaches who are struggling with relating to the various hitters they will see on teams?” I would say, “Find out what you can learn from your hitters before you teach. Establish open dialogue and listen to the hitter’s interpretation of their own approach. It may prove to help you understand them better and help them more.” “Don’t be a supercoach and pick your coaching moments wisely.”

And to college-bound players, I admonish you to talk hitting with the coaching staff before you get there. If your coaches don’t love talking hitting then … read between the lines.

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