Lori Manning, an experienced educational administrator and current student at Western Governors University, has played and coached softball extensively. Lori Manning has coached softball at multiple schools, including St. Gregory’s University and Anderson University.
Softball pitchers tend to learn five distinct pitches as part of their training. The first is the fastball, which requires simple power. This pitch forms the foundation for all others, and is particularly effective in softball due to the closeness of the plate. Other pitches are still required, however, as the incentives for speed encourage its use and in turn make more complex pitches more effective.
The next pitch, the change-up, shifts in speed. A tighter grip on the ball and a lack of wrist snap slows down the ball and encourages a premature swing.
The remaining three, the curveball, drop pitch, and rise ball all focus on shifting the position of the ball in flight. By shifting one’s grip in relation to the laces and twisting the wrist while pitching, the pitcher applies spin to the ball, causing it to shift up, down, or to the side.