This drill prevents the pitcher from reverse spinning their back foot on the throw.

Set Up

Place a paper cup behind the pushoff foot along the edge of the rubber.


  1. Coach tells the pitcher “Do not knock the cup over.”
  2. Pitcher stands on the rubber and goes through his normal pitching motion, keeping his back foot from whiplashing backward and hitting the cup.
  3. He simulates the throw.
  4. He continues until the coach says “Stop.”

Coaching Tips

  • Another issue some pitchers have is dragging their back foot.   To correct this problem, place a cone or bucket on the ground and have the pitcher circle his back leg over it as he follows-through on his simulated pitch.