1. When can I enroll in the lesson program?
2. How long is each lesson and how many girls are in a class?
The program includes 14-hour of instruction over 5-7 months. Some locations will offer 14, 1-hour classes, and others 7, 2-hour classes or 6, 2-hour classes and 2, 1-hour classroom sessions. The information covered in the program is the same in all locations, only the frequency and length of the class varies depending on which location the pitcher attends. There are up to 5 girls in each 1-hour pitching class and up to 6 girls in each 2-hour pitching class. Pitchers are placed in classes based on skill and age. There is also a DVD Based/On-Line Pitcher’s Training Program that is available for pitchers unable to attend regular lessons with BreakThrew Fastpitch. More information about this program can be found on the “training opportunities” page.
3. At what age can a pitcher participate in the program?
Pitchers must be at least 7 years old, be EXCITED about pitching, and have the ability to stay focused for the 1 or 2 hour lesson.There are up to 5 girls in each 1-hour class and up to 6 girls in each 2-hour class. Pitchers are placed in classes based on skill and age. There is also an On-Line Lesson Program that is available for pitchers unable to attend regular lessons with BreakThrew Fastpitch. More information about this program can be found on the “training opportunities” page.
4. If a class is missed, is a make-up class available?
Make-up classes will generally not be allowed. The exception to this would be if I have to reschedule a class for any reason. There is also the possibility that a pitcher can sub into another class for a lesson if space permits and I am notified in advance about the absence.
5. Is pitching the only type of lesson offered?
6. Does a pitcher need to bring a catcher with her to lessons?
Yes, pitchers do need a catcher to attend lessons with them. Pitchers are STRONGLY encouraged to bring their team catcher to work with them at lessons. Training with that person all year will be a HUGE benefit during competition. If necessary a parent may catch during lessons. All non-adult catchers MUST wear a mask to catch during lessons.
7. Are private lessons available?
Private lessons may be available occasionally to supplement what is learned during classes. These private lessons will be made available primarily to pitchers enrolled in the current lesson program or athletes traveling more than 200 miles one way for a lesson.
8. What equipment is needed for lessons?
Pitchers enrolling in the lesson program will be given an equipment bag that includes an indoor softball and jump rope. A Spin-Right Spinner and a set of Arm-Pro Bands is also required for all pitchers in lessons. You can order a Spin Right Spinner at https://www.shopclubk.com/Softball-Training_c2.htm and a set of Arm-Pro Bands at http://armprobands.com/armpro-bands/ Tennis shoes or turf shoes should be worn to lessons as pitchers will be throwing off mats. Catchers under 18 years old are required to wear a mask to catch during lessons.
9. How much practice is required for lessons?
Pitchers will be expected to practice (and more importantly, should WANT to practice) on average 3 times weekly minimum. New workouts will be given at each lesson and practice time will need to be recorded in a log that pitchers will keep during the program.
10. What if I don’t have access to a gym or indoor facility to practice in during the winter?
11. How do I sign-up for on-line lessons and what’s involved with that program?
Registration for the DVD Based/On-Line Pitcher’s Training Program will begin in early September for the November-March session and in early December for the January-May session. Instruction will be done through the “Myndie Berka BreakThrew Fastpitch” DVD Series (see “shop” page for purchasing information) and through Dartfish Video Analysis sessions. This program is open to pitchers living at least 100 miles away from one of the In-Person lesson sites that are unable to attend In-Person lessons but wish to receive instruction from BreakThrew Fastpitch. More specific information about what’s included in this program can be found on the “training opportunities” page.