2 x 4 Drill (Ancaster Baseball)

Print2 x 4 Drill

For the drill, you can simply use a 6' to 8' length of 2" x 4" lumber. If you want to get fancy, you can screw a 1” x 6” x 2' piece perpendicular across one end, forming a letter "T". Then, cut two pieces of 2" x 6" and screw each one beneath the 1 x 6, perpendicular to the 2 x 4. What you have, is a 2 x 4 with a 2 x 6 base, topped by a 1 x 6 forming a pitching rubber. (This would be simple with a pencil sketch!)

The pitcher begins by standing on the balls of both feet, which are perpendicular to the 2 x 4.(The heels of both feet, therefore, are hanging over the edge.) If you have a "rubber" attached to one end, the back foot will be parallel to the rubber.

Now, he lifts his knee to the high-knee position and holds it there, trying to balance. It will help to slightly bend the posting (back) leg to shift the weight over the ball of the foot. After he perfects that, he can advance to landing on the ball of the lead leg foot, simultaneously getting into, the High-Cocked (#3) Position, and stopping. From that stopped position, he can then follow through and "throw" using a towel held in the pitching hand to provide some resistance.

After he masters landing on the ball of the foot and stopping, and then following through from that "stopped" poistion, he can advance to pitching from the stretch position. After developing the muscle memory to do it perfectly balanced on the balls of the feet, he can try the wind-up. That's what the "T" rubber is needed for; you can't windup without the rubber. 

Advanced versions of the 2 x 4 have a door hinge in the middle, so that it can be transported in the trunk of a car.

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Printed from ancasterbaseball.ca on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 8:53 AM