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how to get over a fear of pitching in a little league game. Im a little league coach and i have a pitcher that has a great arm but is afraid of hitting someone. how can i break him of this?

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I coached a kid who was a great hitter, but was afraid of getting hit.  I had our regular batting practice pitcher pitch to him using tennis balls, and deliberately throw a "beaner" or a "brushback" every so often.  After he got hit by the tennis ball several times, he stopped flinching away from inside ptiches.  Maybe you could get your pitcher to pitch for a week or so at about half speed, using tennis balls, and tell him to deliberatel hit the batter about once every four to six pitches.  I bet the rest of the team would like the extra batting practice, and it could help your pitcher, too.  I think it might be worth a try, anyway.  Best of luck.

Have him throw the ball to someone only a short distance away. As his confidence level increases. Increase the distance of throw until he reaches the proper distance.


That or you could point a gun at his dogs head. ( No. just kidding ) Really )

Hay. You think I'm crazy? You should hear the voices in my head. Those people have issues.

I'm going under the assumption his control is not that great yet. Have him throw to a target you place on the backstop. Start at a shorter distance and work up to the actual LL distance. Once he's confident with his accuracy he'll be ok. This may take a few weeks. Also talk to him and let him know it's part of the game, it happens all the time and serious injuries are very rare. From a former LL, HS and college player.

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