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leg-slap bruising

Jan 25, 2011
Nano - curious - can you share the change steps that you are working on to get to that end of not having the slap?
I don't have any steps,just told dd not to do it and we are working at it.We are also working on getting rid of the over the head premotion.This is the prefect time to adjust,yes she does forget sometimes and does it anyways,but she tries not to.It will be a work in process.

Amy in AZ.

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May 7, 2008
There are also girls that double slap. They are actually hitting the back of their hip, too. If they don't stop doing it, I don't work with them very long. I don't want people to think that I teach that. I tell them, to lead with the glove and not bring it down. If they are slapping as their hands go back, I just tell them to miss their hip.

My own DD started pitching like that and the coaches and I just decided that we wouldn't let her pitch, if she was going to insist on bruising herself and ruining her wrist. She stopped on her own.

Cat touches her hip, but the girls that I see (and I had one pitch for me in college) are making a loud popping sound that results in a glove sized contusion. Good luck.
Jan 25, 2011
thanks Amy, I could not remember if Cat said she does it or if it was something that she use to do.I myself was still star struck when my dd was at the clinic,so I might have missed some of what Cat said.
Mar 3, 2010
Suburb of Chicago, IL
Mar 25, 2011
What about a stronger emphasis on the front shoulder heading towards homeplate? That really puts the brakes on the arm flailing sideways, which seems to be a trigger for the glove slap to ensue.


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May 26, 2008
Dallas, Texas
How hard it is to figure out that slapping your leg hard enough to bruise it is bad? Crazy, crazy, crazy...

"Slap" could mean a light touch of a glove to the leg, which many pitchers do. It could also mean a violent slap of the glove to the thigh, which only poorly trained pitchers do.

As to Osterman, she does lightly slap her leg when she throws.

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Jan 25, 2011
Cat Osterman doesn't slap her leg. Nobody any good does that.
Sorry Cat might not slap it hard,maybe not hard enough to hear,but she does do something with her glove touching her leg.She said it with her own words at a clinic in Maryaland,put on by ASA of DC 2 years ago.

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