My daughters first pitching coach also the middle school coach would yell open the gate and close the gate in between phone calls. I did not know anything about pitching at that time and I could do that. Isn’t it funny all the people that will take your money who have no clue about pitching or hitting.
I bet this young lady and her parents are going to appreciate you!!!!!
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Might be code
Hang on a minute, This could be a coded signal from the coach to the pitcher.
Originally Posted by PEPPERS
Example; With a beginning young student, I would draw 2 lines out in front of the rubber. One about 6 inches in front and the other farther out where i determi8ned it needed to be. I would then tell them that was the sides of a deep canal.
When the stride foot comes forward it had to reach the other side, or they would fall inm the water. YOU DO NOT WANT TO FALL INTO THE WATER! In that water there were a few alligators, hundreds of spiders and the water was dirty, slimey and smelled really nasty.
However, there was one reason worse than all the others. At the bottom of that water there is a big shark! He is old, he is smart, he has really good eyesight and he is really quick. He will lie down there and watch you. You dont just have to make it all the way across, you have to make it quickly. If he thinks you are too slow he will time you and come up out of the water, chomp gown on your leg and either pull you in ob bite your leg off!
I dont work with one legged students. THEY ARE EVEN SLOWER THAN SOME OF THE TWO LEGGED ONES AND I HAVE LOST THREE STUDENTS IN THE LAST MONTH BECAUSE OF THAT DARNED SHARK! Then I would drop to one knee on their stride leg side of them as they threw. A few pitches later as their stride foot got out over the canal, I reached out and tapped her stride shoe AS I also fell to my side and yelled.
The pitcher would usually scream and look at me. I would say " Are you OK? That darned shark almost got you! You got to go faster".
Now, the parents at the ganes would watch the stride speed and length. If at any point it looked shorter or s;ower than it should be, you would hear them make comments like " Watch out for thr shark" or " Dont step on the spiders" or " Dont fall in the canal".
The pitcher knew EXACTLY what was said, but nobody else did. No embassing instructions from a parent.
As I said, the pitcher and coach might know exactly what was said.
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So open the gate, knock the salt shaker off your shoulder, don't step in the canal, don't step on the spiders, watch out for the shark, and slam the gate closed!!! No wonder my dd wants to sleep with mom and dad!!!
Just kidding, visuals are a very good teaching tool.
No codes here. For some reason the league has a pitching coach, that hasn't played softball. She is now telling my student that her stride should be no wider than her shoulders. Fortunately, the little girl spoke up for herself.
I can talk softball all day
Take the jelly out of the donut is a code word from our catchers to our pitchers...
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When my DD stops keeping her drag food down. I yell "keep your ears back" as code to keep your toe down. She will grin and others around usually look confused. I hate to draw attention from the umpire to her foot work, and she knows what I mean.