In-Person Pitcher's Training Program
If you are looking for the most comprehensive program BreakThrew Fastpitch offers, here it is! The In-Person Pitcher's Training program is a 5 to 7-month lesson program designed for pitchers ages seven years and up that are passionate about pitching, committed to improving their skills AND are willing to put in practice time outside of lessons. The athletes participating in this intense, structured program WILL get better if they follow the lesson plans and put in the work!
Training begins in late October and the program consists of 14-hours of instruction over the 5 to7-month program. Some locations will meet for 14, 1-hour sessions and others will meet for 7, 2-hour sessions. Pitchers are put in classes of 5 or 6 (2-hour classes) athletes of similar skill/age and will work with the same class for all sessions. These small group classes are set up to challenge the athletes both physically and mentally. Group lessons add a competitive component to training. Much of what we do will push each pitcher out of her comfort zone and teach her how to respond when things get tough during games. Training in small groups also gives each pitcher an opportunity to learn to make adjustments without being corrected every pitch. This is VITAL to her success during competition. It’s important for pitchers and catchers to train in a similar environment to what they will experience when they compete and small group classes allow me to do this extremely well. Team catchers are STRONGLY encouraged to attend classes with their pitcher. Training together fosters a great relationship that shows up on the field during competition!
All three training seasons will be covered in the program: off-season, pre-season and in-season. During off-season training pitchers have the largest opportunity for improvement. We work on perfecting mechanics, gaining power, learning a pitch or concept of movement and improving spins. Dartfish video analysis will be used in all classes so that pitchers can SEE what they are working to improve. Pre-season training is when intense target work and fine tuning of the pitches used during competition becomes a priority. Identifying batter weaknesses and understanding how to pitch to hitters will also be a big focus. Lessons and practice sessions will simulate the environment felt during competition. In-season training involves reviewing game charts and reviewing areas for improvement from game to game. Small adjustments will be made based on these performances. Pitchers will work on improving their mental game throughout the ENTIRE program. Confidence building, dealing with adversity, setting up competition routines, and learning how to make adjustments under pressure will be just a few of the areas covered.
Pitchers participating in the In-Person Training Program will receive:
14-hours of instruction by BTF Owner, Myndie Berka: (examples below)
- 12-hours of pitching instruction
- 2-hours of classroom sessions on many of the mental aspects involved in succeeding as a pitcher
- Goal setting, establishing routines, dealing with adversity, communication, setting up hitters.
Pre-Throwing Routine via YouTube link
Backpack, indoor softball & jump rope
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DVD Based/On-Line Pitcher's Training Program
This lesson program is designed for pitchers in 3rd grade and older of all skill levels that are unable to participate in regular lessons with BreakThrew Fastpitch due to distance or scheduling conflicts. The program includes:
FIVE Monthly lessons from the “BreakThrew Fastpitch Series” DVD’s (must be purchased separately)
TWO Individual Dartfish Video Analysis sessions done by Myndie Berka
Training Manual that includes
20 weeks of unique workouts based on the monthly DVD lesson
Practice log to record workouts throughout the program
- Pre-throwing routine
- Goal setting
- Pre-game warm-ups
- Establishing routines during practice/competition
- Dealing with adversity during practice/competition
- Setting up hitters
YouTube video links that cover
- Pre-Throwing Routine pitchers will use throughout the 5-month program (includes jump rope, stretching and resistance bands)
- How to shoot your video clips for analysis
- Goal Setting Assignment
Monthly practice log checks to hold each pitcher accountable for doing the WORKOUTS!
BreakThrew Fastpitch pitching schools are a great way to get a lot of quality instruction in a short amount of time. They range in length from 2-hour, small group sessions on one specific concept to 2-day, 12-hour all-inclusive schools that cover a little bit of everything! Some of the topics covered during camps include: Mechanics, Speed/Power Development, Controlling the Ball, Changing Speed, Movement Spins, and Competitive Drills & Games.