A friend that pitched in men's fastpitch, once told me that if a male pitcher ever slapped his leg like that, all the guys on the opposing team would stand up and start doing the same thing. I wonder if any men slap their leg?
bobbyb - the timing of the leg hit is exactly like Cats.
But my DD hits the leg harder.
But of course my DD throws better ;-)
I would ask you what's your point. I would say that a lot of what girls do was invented by fathers who are living out their athletic dreams through their daughters. They have them throw 300 pitches a day every day. Work out twelve months a year. Try anything that any boob tells them to try. Have them work on 9 different pitches and in the meantime frustrate the heck out of their daughters. One only has to look at the best of the best female pitchers and you will see that they resemble the men more than all of the nonsense that gets thrown around on Boards like these.
I was going to say earlier…that to me…most of them have some reason such as this, or they look kul or its what makes them accurate or gets their rhythm going. When it is of course they don't like change…and like to stay in their comfort zone.Through reading here for many months I took the initiative to tell my DD to try and stop this slapping but she thinks it takes away from her speed.
If showing her the Cat, Finch and others video…from the model threads…that is just a tap rather than a slap…doesn't work…find a indirect approach. Then tell her each time she taps it rather than slaps it…"NOW your starting to look like Cat"!
Example: Those that used the big wind up. I approach it…indirect now. Like…Ok we are working on striding so no wind ups…just slot the ball on the side and push off and pitch. After they have done it for a while…then tell them about the benefits of continuing to do that…after they KNOW they can still pitch fast, accurate, still look kul…etc.
Have you ever considered that many 8u/10u girls slap because they think it looks or sounds 'cool' or that maybe they think it gives them some sort of psychological edge over the hitters? Then by the time they're 12u/14u, it's become a habit they hold onto.
A friend of my DD slaps and I remember DD doing it for a few weeks last year. Both said they liked the way it sounded. I was opposed to it for the reason Amy said, because over time, as they get stronger, they're going to hurt their wrists with all those violent slaps.
Every pitcher has her own style, I know, but I'd encourage her to work the slap out of her motion if it's causing her pain.
There is no reason to slap the leg. This is something that is taught in the first lesson or two for a brand new pitcher to get some idea of timing. Unfortunately, often "good little softball robots" become the best players, end up with useless degrees, and go on to teach pitching, without ever having learned how to teach or become students of pitching. In otherwords, most great pitchers have no idea why they are doing what they are doing, what portions of their mechanics actually mean anything, and what part of their mechanics are bandaids for problems they had when developing. These seem to be the vast majority of pitching instructors.
Do your own homework and figure out exactly WHY each movement happens, and it's pretty easy to do away with the nonsense after that. Never stop learning.