Ball on Stick Spinner
The Ball on a Stick Spinner can be used for the fastball as well as rise and curve spins. It is difficult for a young pitcher to feel a ball rolling off her fingertips. Instead of a ripping the ball off, she too often pushes the ball out of her hand, resulting in a lack of speed and accuracy. The Ball on a Stick Spinner is a simple way to help develop the actual roll sensation and finger pressure.
For the fastball it can be used 3 ways:
- Pitcher holds stick in her glove hand, grips the ball correctly with pitching hand palm up, and bends her wrist and fingers making the ball spin quickly.
- Catcher holds stick on power line while pitcher grips ball, rolls off fingers and snaps wrist as forearm brushes hip; pitcher should immediately follow with a glove snap mimicking the roll she felt with the stick.
- Pitcher stands in stationary drill position; catcher holds stick low; pitcher rolls, snaps and follows through; follow immediately with stationary drill to feel the roll/rip off fingers!
For the curve and rise the stick represents the axis of rotation:
- Pitcher holds stick either up for curve or outward for rise. Twist the fingers correctly and the stick will stay still. Twist incorrectly and watch out for the helicoptering stick!!
- Once mastering the self spin, the pitcher tosses the Ball on Stick Spinner to her catcher while keeping the stick steady. This requires precise spin and twisting of the fingers!!!