The Trilogy of Throwing

The throwing skills you need to master before taking pitching lessons Learning to pitch starts with understanding and being able to repeat a series of throwing skills. Pitching lessons are great, but start with teaching the gift that lasts a lifetime... proper throwing skills. Let’s identify the three movements you need to feel to throw and pitch for a long time. 1. Fast thumbs: Clean arm action starts with the ball being taken out of the glove with the throwing thumb initiating the take away. In fact, make sure both thumbs quickly turn down as your hands and glove separate to throw. Fast thumbs equal fast elbows and fast elbows will generate the arm speed needed to throw hard. Spend time le

Second tour of duty for Abbatine with the USA National Team

CHESTER, N.Y . -- Tony Abbatine, the International Director of Instruction for Frozen Ropes will again join the USA Softball Women's National team coaching staff as they prepare for their upcoming international competition this Summer. With similar positions with Major League Baseball teams— including the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and the Colorado Rockies — Abbatine will provide support in the area of pitch recognition and mental skills training to this year's Women's National Team. Abbatine has worked with several college softball programs, most recently the University of South Florida, UNLV, Oregon State and UNC Chapel Hill. “Tony’s help in preparing our Nationa

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