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Then to maximize the effectiveness of the system, you'll want to go through these sections in order.
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The primary goal of this program is to give pitchers, parents and coaches a clear-cut system for using video to develop a more powerful and efficient pitching delivery.
If you’re a pitcher, you’ll gain the understanding and tools you need to become your own best coach. You know your own body better than anyone else ever could… This program will help you get more in tune with your mechanics and essentially “map out” your pitching motion for maximum power and efficiency.
If you’re a parent or coach, you’ll learn a system for turning video into a powerful feedback mechanism to help skyrocket your pitchers’ development. Even if you maintain different views on the fundamentals of “good pitching mechanics,” the HOW-TO section will be invaluable in providing guidelines for using video and motion analysis – when to use it, when NOT to use it, what to look for, and all the ins and outs of motion analysis software.
As we know, the pitching delivery is a complex chain of movements with a lot of moving parts… Rather than making the complicated even MORE complicated, we’ll attempt to simplify things to the core elements… Giving the pitcher the info he needs, but allowing him the freedom to focus on what really matters: moving powerfully and firing strikes.
How the Program Is Structured
Before getting started, I just want to briefly explain the format I've chosen for the Motion Mapping Method. In essence, the program is broken into two parts:
- Understanding Pitching Mechanics and Developing Your Delivery
- How to Use Video and Motion Analysis to Maximize Your Progress
Notes on Section One:
Within the first section, you'll see it broken down further into three phases: Understanding, Doing and AutoPilot. This is based loosely on the Fitts & Posner three phase (stage) model of motor learning (there are other theories and models out there, but the Fitts & Posner model is simple, straightforward and serves as a good framework).
To summarize, the three stages described by Fitts and Posner (1967) are:
- Cognitive phase: Identifying and developing the different parts of the skill - involves forming a mental image of the skill
- Associative phase: Linking the movements into a smooth action - involves physical practice with the use of feedback
- Autonomous phase: Developing the skill so it becomes automatic – requires little or no conscious thought or attention to perform the skill
Think about how you probably learned to ride a bike as a kid…
At first, you’re unsure. You’re shown how it works, what you need to do. You’re given instructions and you try to get an idea of – a mental picture of – what pedaling the bike (and staying upright) will look like. But you still have no idea what it actually FEELS like until you try it.
You’re unsure and unsteady at first, then you have your first successful run, you maybe make it for a stretch before needing assistance (or crashing). You keep trying, gaining confidence, getting steadier. You still need to think about it a bit, especially when turning…
In time, it becomes second nature. You can pedal, steer, avoid potholes, all while carrying on a conversation with your friend, oblivious to all the subconscious calculations your mind and body are making beneath the surface.
When you really master it – we’re talking those at the elite level – the bike becomes an extension of your body. You become one with it… in total control. Not everyone gets to that stage. It takes an unusual amount of dedication and practice. Pitching is no different.
So, back to pitching…
As this relates to your pitching delivery (and how I recommend using this program) I've organized this section into Three Phases… They are:
Phase ONE - Understanding: Here the pitcher is developing his understanding of the pitching delivery and forming a mental picture of how his own motion will look and feel. He then should begin working on these movements SLOWLY without a ball (in front of a mirror when possible), connecting what he SEES with what he FEELS. Throwing should be lighter and the movements more deliberate in this phase. As the pitcher begins throwing more and the movements become more fluid, he will gradually move into Phase TWO. (See more details in the Phase ONE Intro)
Phase TWO – Doing: Most young pitchers are already in this phase unless they’re completely new to pitching or have at it so long they’ve already moved on to Phase THREE. The DOING phase is where a pitcher is now performing his delivery as one fluid movement and it requires far less conscious thought. He’s still somewhat inconsistent, but it’s becoming more natural.
Meanwhile, because he’s not yet on AutoPilot, the pitcher’s delivery is fairly malleable and it’s easier to make adjustments. Video can be very helpful in this stage to help recognize areas for improvement. This phase is characterized by a lot of trial and error – self-correcting, so to speak – as the pitcher feels his way through the process of trying to move powerfully while hitting a target. In time, through deliberate practice and repetition, he moves on to Phase THREE. (More in the Phase TWO Intro)
Phase THREE – AutoPilot: At this point, a pitcher has performed his pitching delivery enough times (often after years of repetition) that he is now operating with little to no thought to the “mechanics” of executing a pitch. A pitcher in Phase TWO operates in this way often, but is more erratic. A pitcher truly in Phase THREE is now able to execute pitches with a fair amount of accuracy and consistency as though it was second nature.
Use video here to identify any inefficiencies or areas to enhance power. Then monitor progress. That said, movement patterns are very ingrained at this point, especially with the throwing arm. You’ll have the most success making adjustments here with things like improving overall tempo, engaging the lower half better vs. trying to change how the pitcher actually throws the ball. Essentially, the pitcher will move back into Phase TWO to make meaningful adjustments… at times, going back to Phase ONE might be called for. (More in the Phase THREE Intro)
ONWARD! Get started by watching the Phase ONE Videos in order.
Phase One - Understanding
Phase One is about developing an UNDERSTANDING of the Key Drivers of a powerful pitching delivery. This is a critical stage of motor learnin...
Phase Two - Doing
Once we have an understanding, the next stage is implementing and learning the feel for the movements. This is characterized by conscious aw...
Phase Three - AutoPilot
In the Autonomous Stage of learning, movements (mechanics) are largely automatic... Patterns and ways of moving have become ingrained... Ass...
The Ballistic Pitching Drills
These drills come directly from my Ballistic Pitching Blueprint program. These are not all of the drills in that program (doesn't include th...
Thank you and welcome to the 'Motion Mapping Method'. If you have any questions or issues, send me a message directly at Phil@BetterPitching.com