You’d be amazed how many e-mails I get each week. Couple of hundred. I enjoy reading them quite a bit, but find myself mostly directing traffic to this forum. This way, of course, we can all respond and share our thoughts on the questions I get.
Today, however, I recieved three e-mails about my blog post (www.stevenellis.com) from March 20, 2006. In each, the writer was not pleased with Dr. Glen Fleisig’s response – or my own, for that matter – for not better addressing the “pushing” off the rubber thing.
Then it hit me: I think we’re all talking about different parts of the delivery here.
When you think of “pushing” off the rubber, which letter – A, B, or C – best describes the specific phase of the delivery you think people are talking about when talking “pushing” off.
A) The first movement out of the balance position.
B) During the stride out phase after the lead leg’s been lowered from the balance position.
C) After the front foot’s strided out and landed.
For me, it’s “A,” that first movement out of the balance position. That’s the part of the delivery where I’ve interpreted this whole “push” off the rubber talk.
But, I think people are thinking about different phases of the delivery here. As such, my descriptions on “pushing” wouldn’t make much sense.
So in case this has been confusing. Let me clarify:
When I say on my blog and website that when it comes to pushing vs. not pushing, I teach a “push mentality” but encourage pitchers to apply some pressure to the back foot and fall toward home, I’m talking about doing this during “A” – that first movement out of the balance position, when the hands seperate around the belt and the body begins to move forward.
I’m NOT talking about pushing or applying pressure during “B” or “C” when it’s all but impossible to push off because the back leg should be “driving” forward and inward, providing power.
Has this caused confusion to you? Were we talking about the same part of the pitching motion? What do you teach? Why? Some of the e-mails I got about that March 20 blog expressed frustration that ASMI didn’t provide a clearer response to “pushing” off the rubber. One e-mailer said it was “copout” for me to post ASMI’s response. Nice.