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Calling Pitches - Know What to Call

Calling pitches can be one of the most difficult parts of the game. A good pitcher can be made to look like a rookie with poor pitch calling. Softball Pitching Drills recommends that the coach calls the game since he often has the best insight into what the opposing team's strengths and weaknesses are. Knowing what pitch to throw and when to throw it high and low or inside and out is critical to calling an effective game.

Pitches should be called based on the situation as well as the pitcher's abilities. There are many different ideologies as to when to throw certain pitches...Here are some of mine:

1. When the batter is ahead of the ball, throw her an off-speed pitch. Since the batter is already ahead of the ball, this pitch will likely cause her to be even farther ahead.

2. In a bunting situation, keep the pitches high in the zone. If your pitcher has a good rise ball, this is the time to throw a couple. A batter attempting to bunt is likely to pop up a high ball, especially if that ball is spinning like a rise ball.

3. If you're looking for a ground ball, keep the pitches low. Drop balls are more likely to be hit on the ground than any other pitch. If you have runners in scoring position, give your fielders a chance to make a play by keeping the ball low.

4. Mix it up. Don't throw three or four of the same pitches in a row unless it is your pitchers go-to pitch. just because a pitch worked once, doesn't mean it will work three or four times in a row. This is especially true for off-speed pitches. Change-ups work best when the batter isn't expecting them.

5. Watch where the batter is standing in relation to the plate. If the batter is crowding the plate, keep the pitches high and inside. If the batter is back in the box, throw the pitch low and away.

6. When ahead in the count, don't be afraid to waste a pitch or two. A batter that is behind is more likely to swing at a pitch outside of the strike zone.
Keep in mind that these are only some guidelines.

Before you start sending e-mails to Softball Pitching Drills telling us we're wrong, this is what has been working for us. There are many different opinions as to what pitches are best to throw in certain situations and these are ours.

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