We've already learned about the pitcher in kickball and where he is positioned on the field. Pitching is an important part of kickball and playing defense. A pitcher has a lot of responsibilities in a kickball game.
The pitcher is at the center of the action for most of the game, since he delivers the pitches that kickers attempt to hit. What the pitcher throws and how the kicker responds is the basic structure of the kickball game; it all starts with the pitcher.
The Pitcher's Mound
The pitcher delivers special throws called pitches. Pitches are not like regular throws, they greatly differ from how fielders throw to each other. Pitches require an extremely specialized technique that involves the entire body and requires strength, balance, stamina, and strategy.
There are many different types of pitches, which we will learn about in future chapters, and there are many different types of pitchers. Each pitcher has their own strengths and weaknesses and may fulfill a specific role for the team.
What We'll Be Learning
In this chapter, we will learn what pitching is, how it works, and some strategies pitchers use when pitching. We will first learn about various types of pitchers and pitches that they can throw. Next, we'll learn about balks and the rules a pitcher must follow when throwing a pitch. Then, we'll learn about the pitching motion and how a pitcher throws a pitch. Finally, we'll end with a discussion of a pitcher's responsibilities on the field.
- Pitcher's Mound
- Curve Ball
- Intentional Walk
- Wild Pitch
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