How does the Canpitch program work?
Athletes will be assessed by their instructor at the beginning of the program and trained at a level that best meets their developmental needs. Ideally the Canpitch Program is offered as hour-long group sessions once weekly throughout the year. This structure allows pitchers the flexibility to participate in other sport activities and fosters better overall athletic development rather than early specialization.
At the entry level, fundamental pitching skills are introduced using the Canpitch Progression. Pitchers learn two basic concepts: proper grip and how to deliver the ball to a target. Emphasis is placed on smooth, rhythmic wrist and arm action. The rules of the game and pitching position are also reviewed.
As pitchers progress they are introduced to change-up, moving pitches and basic game strategy. Once pitchers have achieved a level of comfort with fundamental skills, the focus of Canpitch sessions changes. Pitchers then begin to work on improving velocity, control and ball movement. Pitchers will then be encouraged to develop at least two moving pitches and practice with game-like scenarios. The drop ball, curveball and rise ball may each be introduced based on the pitcher’s size, strength and level of ability.