The local HS women’s softball team plays at a park down the street from our house. We often enjoy walking over with the dog and taking in a few innings.
One thing that confounds me is the pitching motion. There seem to be several variants, but the motions happen so quickly that I’m unable to tell exactly what is being done (not to mention why). Seems to be much more variability among softball pitching motion than there is with baseball pitching.
I’ve looked at some info on-line, and I think I understand the basic motion. But when I see it done, it impresses me that there is a lot of extraneous motion. Makes me wonder if that is done to distract the batter, or for other reasons. For example, one pitcher we saw last night had a long ponytail, and at the start of her motion, she did something with her head that flipped her ponytail over to the from of her. She and several other pitchers make a slapping sound - are they slapping their mitt against their thigh?
We walked to the JV game at the other field, and a pitcher was being very effective with what impressed me as a very simple motion. I could tell what she was doing, and she seemed to be pitching with speed and getting the batters to ground and fly out. So why the “theatrics”?