Throwing techniques and tips to help reduce throwing errors

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Having good throwing techniques can dramatically help improve your throwing accuracy and quickness, while increasing your velocity. Another important aspect of good techniques is to help minimize injuries to a very vulnerable part of your body. Unfortunately, the art of throwing is often overlooked in many coaching circles – as the focus is more often on pitching, fielding and hitting.

While tossing techniques may be down on the list of things to do, the fact is that throwing is the leading cause of errors in baseball. This is often a result of attempting to rush the throw, lack of concentration, lack of a focal point, or mechanics that vary from throw to throw. Establishing a rhythm for each of the above will go a long way to cutting back on any throwing difficulties you may experience.

Speed of the base runner can help or hinder your throwing techniques.

Always be aware of who is running the bases. The tendency is for infielders to rush plays on balls hit to their right, left or deep into their area of coverage. Knowing if a runner’s speed is average or below can save you from unnecessarily rushing a play and making an errant throw. Depending on the runner, you might find that you have plenty of time to turn, plant your feet and make a solid throw.

In instances where speedy runners are involved, you are likely to need to make a quick determination as to whether or not you’ll be able to throw the ball to your target base in time to make a play. This is when knowing your arm strength is important. You might find it prudent to just field the baseball and then “stick it in your back pocket”. Making a bad decision when attempting to do something beyond what you’re capable of, will likely cause you to botch the play – leading to extra bases for the opposition.

Throwing techniques and tips to help reduce throwing errors

Depending on the situation, you may need to resort to unorthodox throwing techniques.

While the three-quarter-arm slot is by far your best throwing method when playing the field, different situations may warrant alternative means of getting the ball to your target base.

Various throwing techniques might include the sidearm throw, the backhand flip, and the underhand toss. Because of the shorter throws required by the infielders, you’re likely to see these types of throws instituted far more often from them than you would from an outfielder.

These three types of throws take practice to perfect. As none of them are conventional.

Don’t worry if you need to bounce a ball into your target.

On plays where you may not be able to get a lot of power behind your throw, your primary focus should then be accuracy. If able throw accurately, coming up a few feet short of your target base with your throw is perfectly acceptable.

If you’re able to throw accurately on a bounce or two to your target base, the fielder is likely to be able to handle the throw on the bounce in a comfortable position. This is in contrast to you pulling the fielder off the bag with your wild throw in an attempt to make the ball reach your target through the air.

On the plays where you attempt to bounce the ball into the target base, have the ball bounce three to five feet from the target. Having the ball initially bounce too close to the fielder will cause a tricky in-between hop that is difficult to field. Bouncing the baseball too far away from the fielder can lead to a similar scenario, or the ball arrives late to the base as it loses speed from bouncing too many times on the ground.

So, don’t be worried or embarrassed that you bounced a ball into a base. It is perfectly normal and a key component of throwing techniques.