with Melyssa Lombardi,
Oklahoma University Associate Head CoachPitching Coach;
2013 National Champions; has coached five pitchers and three catchers to 15 combined AllAmerican honors; fivetime member of the NFCA Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, and 2012
It is often said that hitting is timing, and consequently, pitching is disrupting timing. Oklahoma Associate Head Coach Melyssa Lombardi gives you an inside look at one of the pitches that has helped make the Sooners nearly unhittable: the changeup. Coach Lombardi talks about three different types of changeup releases. She explains how to throw each, and offers drills to perfect the change.
Goals and Focal Points
Coach Lombardi opens her presentation with an explanation of the goals she has for her pitching staff. She identifies focal points for the changeup: release, arm speed, and the follow through. These are the keys to taking speed off the pitch, and allowing the pitch to have late break, which are important characteristics of a good changeup.
Types of changeup releases
Coach Lombardi introduces three different types of changeup releasesthe flip, drop, and shove. She teaches each release using her own pitchers to demonstrate the mechanics of the movement. She emphasizes the importance of teaching more than one option to pitchers, stressing that different types of releases may work better for different pitchers.
Coach Lombardi moves on to the basic mechanics required to throw the changeup pitch. No matter which release the pitcher chooses, the grip should be fairly consistent. Coach Lombardi teaches two different grips for holding the changeup that will disguise it from opposing coaches and hitters. A good followthrough is important because it helps create the desired late break on the ball. The followthrough of the pitch will vary some depending which changeup release is used.
Coach Lombardi takes a pitcher through three drills that she uses when working on the changeup. These drills train pitchers use their awareness of body positioning to know when theyre ready for the changeup. Lombardi also offers variations of these drills, and explains her philosophy of doing sets of small reps.
As with any pitch, things will occasionally go wrong with the changeup. Coach Lombardi discusses some of the common flaws pitchers encounter and offers corrections to help get her back on track faster.
The changeup is a crucial pitch because it makes other pitches look even faster. The changeup will help your pitchers dominate on the mound and will take your pitching game to a championship level.
41 minutes. 2014.