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Don’t Make the 5 Biggest Pitch Calling Mistakes
By: Cindy Bristow
Having a pitcher with different pitches is one thing but understanding how to call them, which pitches to use and when to use them is completely different. Learn to avoid the biggest mistakes coaches make when calling pitches.
No matter who calls pitches, you or your catcher, doing so is a tough job. It involves thoroughly knowing as much as you can about each one of your pitchers, all of their hitters and the umpire. While we’ll soon be releasing a pitch calling eClinic that will go into detail about all the things you should know in order to call the right pitches, right now I want to focus on the most common pitch-calling mistakes.
I’m aware that some teams have their catcher’s call pitches, but for some reason the biggest mistakes I see made seem to occur when coaches are calling the pitches. The next time you’re calling pitches try to avoid the following:
Calling pitches is a challenge that requires a lot of knowledge, study and adjustment. The main goal of everyone calling pitches should be to put your pitcher in a position of dominance over the hitter and keep her there. To help make that possible do your best to avoid these 5 common pitch calling mistakes!
For more help with this topic check out the following:
And watch out for our brand new soon-to-be-released eClinic titled: THE ART OF CALLING PITCHES: All the Things You Need to Know to Call a Great Game
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