- The pitcher’s leg lift is a crucial part of the mechanics—for balance as well as rhythm and consistency/control.
- High kick, medium kick: remember to have the pitcher develop a leg lick that is comfortable to them.
- Directionally, there are two main types of leg kicks. The first is to bring the leg straight up—however, this way puts a lot of the weight on the pitcher’s back foot, outer heel. During the delivery, this type of leg kick will require a more significant push from the hind leg.
- The second way is a simplified version—which works best for the 12-U hurlers: Bringing the front knee over the back leg during the kick. This move allows the pitcher to center the weight over the inner part of the back foot, which generates better direction and drive toward the plate.
- Remember, coaches: it’s about developing consistency while using what works best for each unique pitcher.