Each phase will have a corresponding set of drills and exercises to follow to complete successful mastery of each phase. A master drill sheet is provided below and serves as a blueprint to help you navigate when to introduce specific drills. The drills highlighted in black serve as foundational movements that support further and more advanced movements highlighted in grey and red. In the early stages of a pitcher's development, particularly Acceleration Phase 1, focus on the quality of repetitions among the drills highlighted in black. There is no MAGIC number of sets and repetitions per drill/exercise. It's up to you as the teacher to determine whether or not the pitcher can carry out the intended drill with a high level of efficiency. The ability of a pitcher to perform a drill in a natural manner without thinking signifies the immersion of the movements taking hold in the pitcher's delivery.
MASTER DRILL SHEET: Print out to help guide you throughout the program
PHASE 1: ACCELERATION PHASE 1
Creation of initial energy towards the target and timing between the torso and arm as the pitcher moves into the Transfer Phase
PHASE 2: TRANSFER PHASE
The stabilization of the lower body as the front foot makes contact with the ground and the upper body prepares to rotate forward.
PHASE 3: ACCELERATION PHASE 2
The torso and arm accelerate forward as the lower body continues to stabilize into the ground to maximize the final energy release into ball release.
PHASE 4: DECELERATION PHASE
After ball release, the torso and arm absorb back into the body as the lead leg serves as an anchor to support the finish.
PHASE 5: BLENDING
Pitcher chooses how they want to be represented on the mound. Style specific training begins.
PHASE 6: CONSISTENCY
Reinforcement of the consistency of a pitcher's delivery in daily throwing protocols.
PHASE 7: OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE
Successful mastery of phases will result in optimal performance in game situations.