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September 28, 2009

Weather wise, it was a nice summer. Today, I’m pretty sure the world is going to end.

Wildwood aside, yesterday’s day-long practice was the first time since the Spring that wind affected playing conditions. In a college season, you deal with wind and other crap from the beginning, but in club, the only beast of nature that bugs you before the Series is typicall heat.

Even as an experienced thrower, the biggest obstacle in the wind is the change that it brings to your throws. Being around any new player in the wind is a quick reminder of how much the wind can affect our sport. The importance of good throwing fundamentals multiplies exponentially as conditions worsen, and with Regionals coming up this weekend, there’s no better time than now to reinforce what you know.

As I’ve improved as a player, I’ve become much better in the wind, and sometimes I feel that I’m at the point where I don’t even notice it. Sometimes. Anyway, here are a few links that could help your game as the windy days continue to approach.

  • I wrote this last year, and while it’s about throwing when you’re tired, it captures a good amount of my thoughts about throwing in the wind.
  • I’d be remiss not to include a mechanics thought from Mackey, who is probably much more worthy of your time.
  • Check out Zip’s May 8, 2009 thought about throwing in varying conditions.
  • The Huddle’s first issue ever provided a comparison of the costs and benefits of running horizontal and vertical stack in the wind.
  • In a recent Bring it In article, Ultispace discusses Tips and Strategies for Windy Days with accomplished coaches Tiina Booth, Ben Van Heuvelen, and Ted Munter (not sure if you can link directly to this one, as you have to create an account at Ultispace. It’s fast and easy though).

That’ll do for now. If it’s windy where you are, stop reading and go out and throw.

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