Pregame Bullpen

I was curious to see what sort of pregame warmup people are using for high school pitchers.

I am looking for a good routine to use instead of just telling our pitchers to just “go warm up” or “get loose”. I feel like we run into a lot of pitchers who think they are warmed up enough and then they struggle for half an inning before getting into a groove.

I just wanted to see what some other coaches are doing and what amount of pitches is a good amount for a high school kid. I would like to set up a script of pitches / location that will ensure they pitcher is physically and mentally ready to go without overdoing it in the bullpen.

Any response will be appreciated

Here at ISU we all have our pre-game routine but here is mine. I just kind of adapt it each day to how well I am feeling, but the base never changes.

I start by running a pole on a good pace (left field pole to the right field pole and back)

Stretch from head to toe (10-15sec per stretch)
Start throwing short and play a light long toss to get everything stretched out (not too much you dont wanna burn out throwing pre-game) I usually throw about 100-120ft just maybe 10-15 throws

Then i do a flat ground routine. I get about 45ft from the catcher and I throw 5 FB’s in and out throw 5 curves at various locations and 5 changes at the knees. (I throw those no more than 60%) just to get the spin and everything correct

Then I hope on the mound and bring the catcher in front of the plate and I throw 15-20 pitches there and then back him up to the full 60’6"

There I start off about 75% getting the feel for everything and then as Im getting warm(er) I intensify the pitches until I reach 100%

I vary the number of pitches I throw in the pen at full speed depend on how my arm feels and how warm/cold it is.

I really only throw about 10 pitches at full speed.

HOpe this helps, it may seem like a lot but its not very many pitches at full speed.

I ALWAYS END THE BULLPEN ON A STRIKE :smiley: just a personal thing


Idiana State University right? Sounds like a pretty solid pre game program.

I like to see more dynamic warmup activities before picking up a ball than what Ryan listed above. In other words, I like pitchers to get warmed up really well before throwing a ball. But, once you pick up the ball, Ryan’s routine looks excellent because the pregame pen should also get you dialed in so you don’t use game pitches for that.

I made this post back in June - perhaps it may be helpful. I address other issues, other than what’s been already said. And said rather well, I might add.

Coach B.

I was asked recently how to warm up before a game? The question came from a father whose son was about to start during the week. The level of play was American Legion ball.

Basically, I answered him this way.

Pitchers that compete intensely - amateur and pro alike, depend on the same thing(s). Tolerance, endurance, stamina, clear thinking, sport specific awareness, and flexibility.

They must depend on being ready to “go for it” when needed and perform as if they “are needed.”

So this question “ what do I do to warm up before a game” rings with the timeliness of a very small space in time, like only minutes or only hours - before a game.

This kind of mentality will only get as far as kiddie ball, and no further. Fact is, there is nothing stated in minutes or hours that has a thing to do with being the go-to-guy when your club needs you on the perch. You must be warmed up constantly if you’re going to make an impression in this business (game).

Figure it this way:
… you call a plumber at 3am to fix a water pipe that just blew in your home and he/she tells you …” hold it, I gotta take … oh, about twenty minutes or so to get ready first.” Not gonna happen!

Look, you want to make it to the best college program, or even get ready for a shot at pro ball, then get your head on right by being warmed up 24/7. And I don’t mean tossing the ball around 24/7.

Don’t laugh. There’s a guy just next door, across town, about hundred miles away … and you know darn well in the Dominican, Cuba, Central America, Japan and elsewhere that’s doing just that. Keeping up with his physical fitness to BE ready.

Successful pitchers are constantly keeping their eating habits in check, keeping their arms and shoulder platforms flexible and in shape constantly, increasing their lung capacity and breathing stamina, focusing on what’s-what in the basics of baseball logic - per pitch-per-game situation, and so forth. A lot of these young men don’t have the amenities or life style that a lot of you might have, but they do have drive and the guts to want IT bad. So bad, that they’ll keep themselves ready for that one opportunity that drives by and they latch on to it.

The name of this sport is compete. Compete against everyone that’s across the field in the other dugout and compete with the guys that are sitting right next to you.

Be hungry. Be aggressive. Be ready … I mean be ready, ready. Keep fit, keep flexible with your muscles and support that equipment from the chin on down.

So, got a guy who’s not performing? Be the go-to guy that your bullpen coach can call the dugout for when asked “who ya got scamp?”

Don’t just warm up before a game! Be warmed up for your entire life. The suits upstairs love to see that on the nightly stats call. Even at the 15 years old and above level.

Go for it!

Coach B