General Information

My First Pitch is the official introduction to Baseball Canada’s pitching program. The program is designed for all young baseball players ages 10 and 11 and aims to increase interest in baseball at the Learn to Train stage of development. My First Pitch introduces topics such as grips, pitching mechanics and proper throwing techniques while demonstrating multiple drills to identify and correct major pitching flaws. The program also helps coaches, athletes and parents understand the rationale behind Baseball Canada’s pitch count approach.

Goals

1. Reduce the number of young athletes with arm injuries by teaching them proper throwing mechanics

2. Provide athletes with the necessary skills to play baseball in order to increase fun

3. Prevent coaches and athletes to specialize in one position at this age group

4. Increase awareness of pitch count and the negative effect of overuse

5. Help parents realize the importance that this is the most important stage for the development of baseball specific skills

Example Resources

Physical Literacy Warm Up: Age 11 and up

Lift and thrust drill

Hit the hat drill

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Additional Information

 

Partners

Mizuno

Mizuno is the official glove and footwear supplier for Baseball Canada’s National Teams. More than 200 professional baseball players depend on Mizuno baseball equipment every day to perform at the game’s highest level. That trust comes from Mizuno’s longstanding commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and performance. For more information on Mizuno’s involvement globally in baseball or any of the company's top quality products, visit:   www.mizuno.com or in Canada www.mizunocda.com

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MLB Canadians

Adam Loewen

Current MLB Team: Ariz. Diamondbacks
Hometown: Surrey, BC

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Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)

What is LTAD?

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a systemic approach being developed and adopted by Baseball Canada to maximize a participant's potential and involvement in our sport. The LTAD framework aims to define optimal training, competition and recovery throughout an athlete's career to enable him / her to reach his / her full potential in baseball and as an athlete.