San Antonio Pitching Lessons

Welcome to SAPL, If you are looking for pitching lessons in San Antonio, you've come to the right place. I have over 20 years of experience all the way up to pitching successfully in college, if you would like to learn more about me check out the about page found here. Pitching is a very important part of baseball, especially at a young age when games can get out of hand if you aren't throwing strikes. Because of this, pitching is sought after and in high demand at all levels of play. Private lessons can give you the competitve advantage out on the diamond that you need.

Take a look around my site, and if you like what you see, head over to the inquiry page and schedule a private lesson with me. You will also find posts on the homepage about helpful information and tips on becoming the best pitcher you can be. I look forward to working with you, enjoy!

Speed vs. Control

post by Nick Schafer - May 24, 2013

It's an age old question, which is of more importance? Speed or Control?

There really isn't a correct answer to this question. As a pitching coach, this question comes up all the time as well. If I had to answer the question, I would respond the same way each time, Control. This really depends on the pitcher though, if you have a pitcher that has the best control ever but no velocity, he will likely be crushed. When you have a pitcher that throws really hard, they tend to not have the best control and are wild resulting in walks and hit batters. So what's better?

The best answer is quite simple, it depends on the pitcher. I've always leaned towards control being more important because even if the pitcher is getting hit hard, the defense still has an oppurtunity to make plays behind him. Whereas, when a pitcher throws hard with little control, walks are almost guaranteed, and the defense can't do anything to help. I will always work with control first as a pitching coach, if you get the control down and you are consistently throwing strikes and maintaining control, we can move on to drills that will help with increasing velocity. The biggest problem is when pitcher can't stay withthin themselves, and they try to throw harder just to get the ball by the batter, this almost always leads to jams that are tough to get out of...

While speed is sexy, control always wins, just ask soon to be Hall of famer Greg Maddux.

Pitching 101 - 3 Important Aspects of Pitching

post by Nick Schafer - May 14, 2013

Pitching is a position on the baseball field of extreme importance. It takes a special kind of player, one that doesn't get easily flustered. Baseball Pitching LessonsI'm going to break pitching down into 3 aspects; confidence, composure, and determination. These 3 aspects are the most important aspects of pitching in my opionion, I will explain each in detail below.

1. Confidence - This is the most important of the three. If you are timid or scared when you get out there on the pitching mound, you are doomed. You have got to have the confidence in yourself to know you are going to go out and succeed each and every time you're on the hill. If you don't have that confidence, you will not be a very good pitcher, end of story.

2. Composure - I like to think I had this one down to a perfection. What I mean by composure, is keeping calm and composed in the face of adversity. If you go out there and give up a homerun, you have 2 choices on your response...shake it off and go get the next batter, or fold. I remember days when I would give up 4 runs in the first inning, I could have got down, but I didn't. I went back out there and didn't give up a run the rest of the game, and you know what? My team won. You can't get down on yourself for having a bad inning or two, fight through it, stay composed, and get the next one.

3. Determination - I had a nickname one summer, my team called me "bulldog". The reason they called me this was because I had the determination to and fight to battle through any game, no matter who the opponent is like a bulldog. You have to be feisty, this kind of relates to both the previous aspects I mentioned in that you must have the confidence to not be scared of any opponent your playing and have the composure to fight back if you are facing adversity. Goes back to the old saying, "it's not the size of dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog", if you go out and battle and do your best, you will be successful with whatever you do, especially pitching.

These are just a few of many aspects of pitching, but I tend to think they are the most important. If you can incoroprate these into your game, you will see the results you are looking for, be mentally strong and nothing can stand in your way. Good luck!