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Softball Pitching Drills for Beginners

When to Get Pitching Lessons

An average softball pitcher can take her game to the next level by hiring a good pitching coach. Experienced pitching coaches are adept at guiding pitchers through the process of learning how to pitch. They know what softball pitching drills to teach to new pitchers and what to do to get struggling experienced pitchers back on track. Here are a few questions to ask yourself (or your pitcher for the parents reading this) before hiring a softball pitching coach:

Am I serious about becoming a pitcher?

Softball pitching takes a serious time investment and isn't cheap once you start seeing a pitching coach. Good pitching coaches cost anywhere from $25 to $75 dollars for a half hour to an hour long session. You can't hire a pitching coach for a once a month session and expect to learn how to pitch in a half hour a month. You have to take what you have learned and practice it at least a couple more times a week. Many of the best pitchers practice for an hour or two DAILY. Make sure you really want to be a pitcher before starting lessons.

Are you in it for the long haul?

Being a pitcher requires years of dedication. If you want to play high school and college ball, you will possibly being practicing the same softball pitching drills for years to come. Pitching at all levels requires dedication and practice.

Do you have enough time and support?

Top pitchers practice 4-5 days a week for at least an hour a day. This requires having someone who is willing to catch for you (or at the very least a backstop or wall you can throw against) daily. Seeing a pitching coach won't help if you can't make it to a field to practice. On the same token, don't let someone pressure you into becoming a pitcher. It should be your choice to dive into something that could be a lifelong commitment.

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