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There are several good training products that we recommend for our pitching we've listed a few below, and where to buy them.   Availability and prices shown are believed to be accurate, but check with the supplier for the latest information.  Shipping charges will also apply.


Training Products for Pitchers

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1.  Striped ball
Here's something that doesn't cost you any extra, and is a great help to make certain you use the proper release of any pitch.   For all of our pitchers, regardless of age, we occasionally use a softball with a stripe around it so we can see the rotation of the ball.   The stripe needs to go evenly around the middle of the four seams.  For details on how to easily create a striped ball, go to this page:  How to Create a Striped Ball on this website.

2.  Weighted training ball
An overweighted ball, when used correctly, can be an excellent aide in developing strength and pitching speed.   We do NOT recommend the 1 pound ball you may have seen advertised because we feel its excess weight poses a risk of injury for some girls.   Similarly, balls that are only slightly overweighted (7 oz. or 8 oz.) have had minimal effect for many pitchers.  Since the regulation softball is approximately 6˝ ounces, we encourage our pitchers to use a regulation size (12" circumference) "training" ball that is no more than 9 oz. to 12 oz. (depending on age, strength, and physical development).  However, even at this weight, it should NOT be thrown at full speed.   Follow the instructions that come with the ball, and be careful!
Visit for the Softball Sales weighted training ball

(12" ball in 9 oz., 10 oz. 11 oz., and 12 oz. weights)  -  $6.99

3.  Oversized ball
To help develop your breaking pitches (drop, rise, screwball, curve) we recommend using an oversized (but not overweighted) ball.  Since the regulation softball is 12 inches in circumference (11 inches for younger players), we have found that a 14" ball is right for most pitchers to help them concentrate on their grip, release, and spin.   A larger 16" ball is available, but that is generally too large, and consequently less effective, than the 14-inch ball. 14-inch ball - yellow $13.95

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4.  TightSpin Trainer wrist-strength developer
Many advanced pitchers use this tool that resembles a ball on a stick to increase wrist strength and therefore improve spin speed on breaking pitches, and often the velocity of their fastball.  A tension control knob can give the ball higher or less resistance when the pitcher uses it to practice spins.      $39.95

5.  Spinner
This seems like a comparatively high price for something that looks like a bright-colored oversized hockey puck  
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Spinner.  Throwing it correctly can initially be frustrating, but it is a great tool in assisting young pitchers the value of a proper release.         

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6.  Pitching Rubber - End-spiked 
Here is a VALUABLE discovery for all pitchers, parents, and coaches...a durable and portable pitching rubber that you can use in your backyard, on a school playground or ball field...and when needed even in a game.   Then you can easily remove it and take it back home with you.  This is a regulation-size (6" x 24") pitching rubber, but doesn't pound into the ground with the traditional 3 spikes on the bottom.  Instead, it is installed with two removable spikes driven into a bracket on each end of the rubber.   Use it, you'll love it.  -   $20

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7.  Indoor Pitching rubber for wood floor
The Portolite® Softball Pitching Mat is an oval-shaped soft rubber mat with a standard-width pitching rubber built on top.   By slightly moistening the underside of the mat, it adheres to a smooth hardwood floor to prevent slipping.  The mat is large enough for a typical pitcher's pre-delivery stance.   Available via the internet, including Hoover Fence Company -Sports  and other places...about $165

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8.  Indoor Pitching rubber on 9-foot stride mat
The PowerLine® mat from Cheri Kempf's Club K is great for pitching on a gym floor or other indoor facilities.  It is essentially a 9-foot long mat with a pitching rubber built-in on one end, giving a safe stride and landing area for even the most aggressive leap-and-drag style pitchers.  It even has a built in power line, with additional stripes extending from the sides of the pitching rubber for side-steppers. 
It's the PowerLine® Club K Fastpitch Mat at -  Around $220 plus shipping.

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9.  Softball Cleats for girls and women
Although softball shoes with non-metal cleats are available at most local sporting goods stores,
we suggest you consider Ringor cleats.   Although slightly more expensive than some, we feel that these shoes are as good as you can get...especially for girl softball pitchers.  Ringor uses a circular four spike design that can reduce injury to ankles and knees by minimizing drag when pivoting both the push-off foot and the landing foot.   It allows for a safer pivot of the rear foot when batting as well.   Cleats for pitchers and catchers come with a built-in toe guard called Pro-Tec-Toe™.  Special team prices are available.  or call Ringer toll-free at 1-(800) 746-4670  -    $60 - $110/pair

10.  Toe protection for pitching shoes...Tuff Toe  and  Tuff Toe Pro
 The "toe drag" used by most pitchers causes shoes to wear out quickly.  Although the Ringor cleats described above have a built-in toe protector, most pitching shoes do not.   For them you can buy a molded rubber pitching toe called Tuff Toe that is attached to the drag foot shoe (right for right-handers, left for lefties) with a special epoxy adhesive.    However, we like the Tuff Toe Pro brush-on type that is a special polyurethane material that dries as a tough, flexible protection on the toe and side of the shoe.  Applied correctly, it can cover the toe areas of two shoes.
Tuff Toe molded rubber pitching toe - about $10
Tuff Toe Pro  polyurethane application kit - $15 to $18 at various local and on-line sporting goods stores , including Anaconda Sports


Books and Videos


FastPitch Softball, the Windmill Pitcher  by Barry Sammons  ...this is an excellent resource for coaches, pitchers, and parents.

The Softball Pitching Edge by Cheri Kempf

Just Let the Kids Play by former NBA basketball player Bob Bigelow  (published by HCI)


Anything by 2-time Olympic champion and ESPN Commentator Michele Smith, or former UCLA pitcher Dee Dee Weiman.

Other Websites

Worth Club K:

Softball Sales:


Anaconda Sports:

ASA Softball Outlet:
(USA Softball team posters, t-shirts & sweatshirts, collectibles, gifts, and more)



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If you have questions or need more information
E-mail us,  or call Pitching Instructor Gerald Warner in Colorado at (720) 200-4575


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