At-Home Training Blog
During the COVID-19 Safer-At-Home Order and during any part of the off-season, we encourage you to use the training resources in this blog to develop your skills and stay active so you are ready for the next softball season!
IMPORTANT CHANGE FOR FALL 2023 AND SUMMER 2024 SEASONS:
USA SOFTBALL HAS CHANGED THE AGE CUTOFF DATE TO AUGUST 31 INSTEAD OF DECEMBER 31. PYS IS ADOPTING THIS CHANGE. PLAYERS BORN IN SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER WILL RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL YEAR OF ELIGIBILITY IN THEIR 2023 AGE DIVISION.
2024 PORTAGE PRIDE INFORMATION: COACHING AND PLAYER INTEREST FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE. TRYOUTS WILL BE SHORTLY AFTER WE CLOSE THE FORMS. **SUBMIT INTEREST FORM NOW**
Training at home, especially during the off-season is a great way to stay active and develop skills so you are ready for the upcoming softball season! There are many training resources available online. This is just one of the options recommended by Portage Youth Softball and the Portage High School Softball Program.
We would love to see our players doing this training drill. You can send us pictures or videos via Facebook or email and you can also post pictures by commenting below. We will showcase some of our players on our Facebook page if they complete this and/or other training drills!
You can and should do each of the drills she demonstrates A LOT! You don’t have to throw a ball each time. You really want to work on the motion. I would recommend doing these drills every time you practice pitching. Do 10-15 of each EVERY time!
Think about building a house - the foundation is one of the first things that is done! That foundation needs to be poured with care and attention to detail so that it is SOLID. If not, the house will have issues sooner or later down the road. Plus, if there ARE issues, foundation problems are challenging to fix since it's below the house. If the issues are really bad, the house might even come tumbling down.
BUT, when the foundation is set correctly, the house will be strong and set for a longer amount of time and you can continue to build on top of the foundation.
Pitching is the exact same way!
When you are younger, you are pouring your structural foundation as a pitcher!
If there are mechanical flaws that you don't tend to and fix, they might not hurt you right away, but they can hurt you later on down the road whenever your body grows. Poor foundational mechanics can limit your success and growth, especially because they are much more challenging to fix when you get older and set in your ways! (muscle memory either works FOR you or AGAINST you).
Do it right from the very beginning!
Take your time. Don't rush.
It's not about being the best pitcher in 10U or 12U, it's about the long haul.
You will not get recruited to a college because you were the best pitcher at the younger levels. A college coach doesn't care if you were throwing 50mph at age 10 and were the #1 pitcher. You will get recruited to a college because you have a solid foundation, you are coachable and you have a foundation that can continue to be built upon. This way, when you get to college, you have a higher chance of growth and your ceiling is higher for your college coaches to work with you and make you even better!
A poor foundation is limiting, especially when you get older and when the next steps of your career have more importance!
Take the time to focus on foundation NOW by paying attention to the details of every start position and major movement through a pitch!
As a reminder, at this time, all Portage softball facilities are closed. Please stay away from all Portage Community School District facilities. Complete this training drill at your home or at an open location while following all social distancing recommendations.
If you have any questions about this training post, please feel free to contact us directly via our website or by commenting below. We will do our best to reply to your questions within 72 hours.