Teaching the Game: Pitching Skills and Drills for Youth Baseballby Marc Rardin
Pitching, like other aspects of baseball, is done best when it's
simplified. In this instructional baseball pitching course, three-time NJCAA National Champion Marc Rardin breaks down
the youth pitcher's windup in this presentation that focuses on his
three keys to good baseball: balance, timing and direction.
Coach Rardin's philosophy is if you're throwing strikes, the other team has to put the ball into play. The way for pitchers to throw more strikes is by building a consistent motion. Coach Rardin shares multiple drills that emphasize staying "connected" and generating power through the natural movement of the body. Watch as he demonstrates these simple actions and learn how to help your pitcher throw with added control.
In "Power Position," Coach Rardin explains the proper position for the pitching elbow by comparing it to arm wrestling. People don't arm wrestle with their elbows extended. Instead, they keep their arm at 90-degree angle because it is the natural position for the body to generate the most power. This is the type of simple, easy-to-grasp example that makes Coach Rardin's drills so effective, memorable, easy to learn and easy to execute. Coach Rardin's pitching drills will help pitchers of all ages get back to the basics and throw more strikes. This is a great course for anyone who coaches youth baseball.
During Marc Rardins 13 seasons as the Head Baseball Coach at Iowa Western
Community College, his teams have rewritten the record books in
every facet of the program and made junior college baseball history by
winning the Junior College World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Rardin's
Reivers are the first Northern District representative to ever win the
Junior College World Series title. All in all, in 13 seasons at Iowa
Western Rardin’s Reivers have participated in 9 Junior College World
Series, and have won 11 consecutive Regional Titles, and 9 Northern
District Titles. That’s a total of 23 Post Season Titles, more than any
other Division I junior college program in the country in the past 13
Rardin has also been recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Baseball Coaches Association and has twice (2008 & 2010) been assistant coach on the NJCAA USA National Teams. This past summer Coach Rardin was the Head Coach of the USA Junior College Team that participated in the 80th year of the NBC Tournament in Wichita, KS. After being together as a team for only 21days the NJCAA team finished the tournament with a 3rd Place finish. In June, Coach Rardin also has been invited to Cary, North Carolina and the official training base for USA Baseball Organization. Rardin has twice (2014,15) managed one of the teams and helped with organization, practices and evaluations with the ages 18 & under tryouts for Tournament of Stars.