Pitchers work on opening their front foot properly on their stride step.

Drill Setup

  • Pitcher’s line up next to a fence.

Fence Drill for Baseball Pitching Fundamentals

How it Works

  1. Player puts one hand on the fence for balance.
  2. He puts his weight on the inside of his back foot and lifts his front foot, with the foot closed and toes pointed to the side.
  3. He traces a semi-circle in the dirt using the toes of his front foot, ending with the toes pointed forward (toward home plate).

Coaching Tips

  • On stride step, pitcher should be staying “closed, closed, closed” and then open the foot at the last second.  The rest of the body stays closed.
  • Jerking the stride foot open too soon will throw off the pitcher’s angle to the plate.