In the world of fastpitch softball there are tons of drills. Some I like, others I don't. Yet sometimes even a drill you don't particularly like can be effective if you're willing to keep an open mind.
One such drill for me is the pitching drill where you get down on the ground in a runner's starting stance, like you're in blocks. You then go into the regular pitch from that start.
When I've seen it done, it often feels like it works against using the legs effectively. The pitchers are down so far that they have to raise themselves up first, which means they don't get a good launch. It's not my favorite.
But last week I had a girl who was having trouble leaning into the pitch. At launch she would pull her head up early and if anything lean back, which was killing her speed. So I suggested she get down into the starter position and try pitching from there.
One good thing was she didn't quite get all the way down, so she started from a little better position. But that did the trick. She got the feel of launching head-first and driving out with her legs, and was rewarded with noticeably more speed.
So I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. Or at least get an old dog to try an old trick.
And once again it proves that the effectiveness of a drill is in the hands of the person running. That night we both learned something.