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Athletes will be assessed at the beginning of the program and trained at a level that best meets their developmental needs. Ideally the CANpitch Program is offered in 6-week blocks of hour-long group sessions once weekly throughout the year. This structure allows pitchers the flexibility to participate in other sport activities and fosters better overall athletic development rather than early specialization.

 

At the entry level, fundamental pitching skills are introduced using the CANpitch Progression. Pitchers learn two basic concepts: proper grip and how to deliver the ball to a target. Emphasis is placed on smooth, rhythmic wrist and arm action. The rules of the game and pitching position are also reviewed.

 

As pitchers progress they are introduced to change-up, moving pitches and basic game strategy. Once pitchers have achieved a level of comfort with fundamental skills, the focus of CANpitch sessions changes. Pitchers then begin to work on improving velocity, control and ball movement. Pitchers at this stage will be encouraged to develop at least two moving pitches and practice with game-like scenarios.  The drop ball, curveball and rise ball may each be introduced based on the pitcher’s size, strength and level of ability.

FUN FACT: Canadian hockey great Hayley Wickenheiser, known for captaining Team Canada to three consecutive Olympic gold medals (Salt Lake City 2002, Turin 2006, and Vancouver 2010), also competed on the Canadian women’s national softball team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Source: http://olympic.ca/team-canada/hayley-wickenheiser