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Aggie Academy – Rise Ball

Aggie Academy – Rise Ball


My name is Kim Watson and I’m the Senior
pitcher for the New Mexico State Aggies and welcome to the Aggie Academy. Today’s
lesson will be learning how to pitch a rise ball. The first thing you need to
learn about pitching a rise ball is your grip. I pick my two middle fingers and
put them on top of the seams. I want to put them on the left-hand side of the
seams because whenever I come around I want them to be pushing the seams and
making it snap. With my first, my pointer finger I slightly curl it so then it
gets a little more snap on the ball because it’s the very last finger to
leave the ball. The next thing you need to learn about pitching a rise ball is
your finger pressure and the wrist snap just changing your finger pressure alone
could change what pitch you’re throwing. If you have your finger pressure under
the ball for a rise ball then you’re going to make it rise if you have it on
the inside of the ball it’s going to make it screw into the batter, so for the
rise ball you want to make sure your finger pressure is staying on the bottom
side of the ball. As for your wrist you want to make sure that your wrist is
cocked back and you spin your wrist as if you were opening a doorknob as fast
as you can. As for your arm motion you want to make sure you come around in
your arm motion and once you get to about 12 o’clock your hand is facing
backwards and you come down the back side and then you want to release it right at
your hip if you release it any later it’s going to be too high if you release
it sooner it’s going to be too low and it’s not going to rise, so you have to
release it right at your hip. The next thing you need to learn about pitching a
rise ball is the mechanics of your body. Now the first thing you want to learn is
about your legs and where they should land. This line right here
is your power line and you want to land on your power line. If you land too far
to the left hand side it’s going to make the pull to the pitch outside, if you land
too far inside it’s going to make it too far inside. So you make sure you land
right on your power line and a good rule of thumb of how your foot lands your
angle of your foot is going to be if there were a clock facing around your
foot you want to make sure you land right about two o’clock angle. One last
thing you need to know about pitching a rise ball is your body weight and where
it needs to be centered. If you’re throwing any other pitch you want your
body weight to be centered through your belly button but for a rise ball you
want to be leaning backwards just a little bit so you can get under the ball
to snap it up forwards. So your back leg needs to be bent just a little bit so
you can lean back and get under the rise ball. I’m Kim Watson and that’s how you
pitch a rise ball.

Comments (1)

  1. you have only two seems turning not 4.. you are also throwing max 65..

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