LUNGE Leg Drive
Lunge Starting Position
The pitcher is in a lunge position. Her right foot is on the pitching rubber and her right leg is at a 90 degree angle. The left foot is directly behind the mound with the weight on the ball of the foot. The left leg is slightly bent. The hands are on the sides of the mound with straight arms. The ball is just outside the pitching hand. Her head is out over her feet and her eyes are on her target.
Lunge Starting Position With Ball
The pitcher picks up the ball and glove. She places the ball in the glove and lifts her shoulders slightly to get in to a starting position. The rest of the body remains in the same position.
Circular Rotation Start
The pitcher starts her circular motion by brining the ball directly back and beyond the hip. Her head and shoulders start momentum to the target. The body remains in the lunging position.
The pitcher starts her drive with her right foot pushing off the pitching rubber. Her head and shoulders are out in front of her feet with her shoulders and hips sqaure to the target. The pitching arm is back behind the hip. The eyes are on the target
Drive And Reach
The pitcher continues her drive with her right foot pushing off the pitching rubber. Her left foot explodes up and out towards the target. Her hips and shoulders start rotate to a closed position. Her glove arm extends to the target as her pitching arm continues in a circular motion. The eyes are on the target
Drive Maintaining Contact
The pitcher continues her drive with her right foot pushing off the pitching rubber. As she pushes off the mound, her foot maintains contact with the goround by dragging her toe. Her left foot continues exploding out towards the target as far as she can. Her shoulders and hips rotate to a closed position so her glove hand and glove shoulder point to the target. Her pitching arm continues in a circular motion at the top of the circle. The eyes are on the target.
Plant And Snap
The pitcher continues driving forward as she plants her left foot and snaps her wrist. Her shoulders and hips rotate back to a square position back to the target after the snap. Her pitching arm continues in a circular motion. The eyes are on the target.
The pitcher finishes her pitch by snapping the ball to the target with the arm finishing high. Her body is in a balanced position as her shoulders and hips start to rotate to a square position to the target for an athletic defensive position.