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optimal throwing angles for maximum distance with baseballs and softballs are about 30° (Dowell, 1978).

Some of these weaknesses can be corrected quickly, but some will likely take more than a full season. The athlete should be able to improve his approach, arm action, and angle of projection. Fine-tuning coordination of his throw will likely take longer than a few months. The biomechan-ics of coordination in overarm throwing is quite complex (Atwater, 1979; Feltner & Dapena, 1986; Fleisig et al.f 1999). Consistent practice over a long period of time will gradually build the sequential rotation that optimizes segmental interactions to create a skilled overarm throw. To see if he listens and can easily change aspects of his throwing technique, ask him to step vigorously with his opposite foot and to throw the ball "lower." It is possible that a youth softball coach might select this player for his team based on other factors. Biomechanical technique in one skill may not be as important as motivational factors or the philosophy employed to help all players develop.

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