The StrideRightMats Pitching Training System
The StrideRightMats Pitching Training System helps you FIND, ADJUST, and TRAIN your Pitching SET-UP, STANCE, and STRIDE. Pitching starts from the ground up. Get instant visual feedback from the StrideRightMats patented labeled grid to help nd where you are best at.
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Are you a Beginning Pitcher or Advanced Pitcher?
- Beginning Pitchers: You are new to pitching and trying to understand the basics. Typically you are around the ages of 8 – 12 years old.
- Advanced Pitchers: You have been around the game for a few years. You know the basics of pitching and are ready to start making Advanced adjustments on the Pitching Rubber. Usually 12+ years old.
- Beginner Pitcher Mat (3×7) or Advanced Pitcher Mat (4×10)
Teaching the Basics For Beginning Pitchers
For Advanced Pitchers, please skip to Step 3:
Windup vs Set Position?
In Softball you will always go from the windup since there are no leadoffs. In baseball you go from the windup ONLY when there is no chance for the other team to steal a base. Otherwise you will go from the set. Delivering a pitch from the set position is faster.
Stride Foot Landing Angle
In baseball your Stride Foot Landing Angle will be on a 90 degree angle from the pitching rubber. In softball it will be closer to 45 degrees.
Baseball & Softball (Windup) Set, Stance, & Stride
For Righties: Have your Plant Foot start in Pitching Lane F have your Stride Foot in Pitching Lane D. From there you stride and plant at E6 (your height will influence your stride distance).
Beginning Pitchers Baseball (Set Position) Set up, Stance, & Stride
Have both your feet (toe pads) setup in column E. Plant foot E0 and Stride Foot E3. Then Stride out to E8 (your height will in uence your stride distance).
How to Find your SETUP for Advanced Pitchers
Your Pitching Set-up is where you set your feet relative to the Pitching Rubber. Your Pitching Set-up has a huge in uence on the angle of your pitches coming into the Strike Zone.
Right on the Rubber:
– Pitches with spin going to the right will make a more drastic pitch path
– Pitches with spin the left will have a more elongated pitch path
Left on the Rubber:
– Pitches with spin going to the left will make a more drastic pitch path
– Pitches with spin the going to the right will have a more elongated pitch path
Righty or Lefty?
It is important to note your Pitching Handedness vs the Hitters Handedness (lefties & righties) when deciding your Set-Up. If you are a right handed pitcher on the right side of the pitching rubber your arm slot and pitch path will start extremely right of the hitter. More so than a lefty pitcher starting on the right side of the rubber.
How to Find and Adjust your Stance - Advanced Pitchers?
Your Pitching Stance is where you align your feet relative to each other.
Your Pitching Stance influences the beginning of your Momentum Generation. This will affect timing, velocity, and accuracy as a pitcher.
How to Find and Adjust your Stride - Advanced Pitchers?
Your Pitching stride is the step you take from your Set-up and Stance to throw the ball. This will a ect your velocity, pitch movement, and accuracy as a pitcher.
Stride Foot goes further distance from the pitching rubber.
Stride Foot goes shorter distance from the pitching rubber.
Stride foot lands in a pitching column that is di erent from your plant foot. Turning your back more toward the hitter.
Stride foot lands in a pitching column that is di erent from your plant foot. Turning your belly more toward the hitter.
How to train your Pitch. Setup, Stance, & Stride.
There are many ways to train your Pitch. We detail the following drills based on what equipment you have available and if you have a catcher.
Dry Loads (2-15 x)
Line up your Set-up and Stance and take your stride without throwing. Be very systematic about it and see where you are landing. You should be very balanced and comfortable in this movement. Everything from your pitch builds off this movement.
Towel Drills (2-15 x)
Take a towel or towel like object and get in your Set-up and Stance. Take your stride and go through your pitching motion at about 75%. Hang tight to your towel as it will give a little bit of resistance as you go through your pitch.
Flat Ground 75% Max Effort (2-15 x)
Go 75% of your max effort focusing on being very deliberate, systematic, and balanced through your pitch.
Bullpen (5-100 x)
Go 100% of your max effort and throw to a pitching target or catcher.
Have Fun 100%
Pitching should be fun. It’s in our nature to be hurling rocks at targets as hard as we can. Celebrate small improvements as you get better at this.