Once a softball pitcher masters the correct form, and can throw consistent strikes, spotting pitches often is the next step. Let’s keep things simple; there are an inside corner and an outside corner when a pitcher is looking at the plate. In the eyes of the pitcher, the inside corner is located on the right and the outside corner on the left when a right-handed batter is in the box. This will change when a left-handed hitter is in the box, but let’s pretend throughout this article that it is always a right-handed batter standing in. There are also different heights pitchers can deliver their pitches to the corners at. The four corners include high inside, low inside, low outside and high outside.
Most softball coaches and pitching instructors will encourage their pitchers to utilize all four pitching corners. It is very common that part of the tryout criteria at the younger age levels will require pitchers to hit all four corners as part of their evaluation. This is an easy way for the evaluator and coaches to separate the level of skill between participating pitchers.
Throwing to spots can be challenging, especially at the beginning. When a pitcher begins pitching, she will learn the importance of the Powerline. The Powerline is the imaginary line on the ground that starts in the center of the pitcher’s mound and continues all the way to the middle of home plate. The idea is that if the pitcher can keep her toes, arm, body, and ball lined up on the Powerline throughout the pitch, the chance of throwing a strike right down the middle increases. The height of the pitch is based on the pitcher’s release point.