Pitching is my passion!For 27 years, I have been instructing softball players at all levels in the art and mechanics of fastpitch. Now you can receive personalized training at my facility or you can train at home with the very same tools I use every firstname.lastname@example.org
Rita Lynn Gilman’s
Softball pitching is a skill that takes many hours of instruction, hard work, and practice to excel at. If you live in the Richmond, Virginia area, you can receive expert instruction directly from Rita Lynn Gilman. If you live out of town, you can arrange a private lesson if you can travel to Virginia. If this is not possible, visit our online fastpitch store for the latest in training tools being used by the top pitching instructors in softball.
Please look at my instructional DVD’s. They are unique in fastpitch and can be used by students, parents, and coaches. They emphasize the correct mechanics of various pitches including fastballs, rise balls, change-ups, drop balls, and curves. Ball spin, ball speed, and ball position are illustrated through softball pitching exercises, and the correct use of the training tools found in my online store. Most items in the store have instructional videos to show the correct usage - check them out!
Hi Rita,I'm a professional pitching coach for 25 years, former HS varsity Head Coach and former NCAA Assistant Coach. I've never found a site so beneficial to coaches, parents and players, as yours. Also, your pitching aids/tools, which we have ordered and used, are very beneficial and reasonably priced. They are the only items I have ever endorsed and encourage my parents to purchase. My only regret is that your home base is not in NJ, otherwise I would visit and join your team. Thanks. Bob WilsonYardville, NJ Bob Wilson Pitching
(2014) Florida State softball junior pitcher Lacey Waldrop received an enormous national honor when she was named the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, announced by the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) and USA Softball. Waldrop becomes the first Seminole to win the national honor since former softball legend Jessica van der Linden was named the USA Softball Player of the Year in her senior season in 2004. Waldrop, who hails from Chester, Va., established herself as arguably the most dominant pitcher in the nation in 2014. "This is an incredible and deserving honor for Lacey and a big achievement for our program," FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. "Her competitive drive is incredible and after last season she really set out to try and be one of the nation's best pitchers. She has been our leader in the circle all year, and more than just being a great player, she is a great person. She's extremely coachable and is always trying to get better, which sums up our entire team. I'm so proud of Lacey for receiving the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year - It's a product of her hard work and dedication." CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE
Micalah Sacre was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference's Pitcher of the Week on March 6, 2013. On the season, Sacre has been dominant in her role in the circle striking out 56 total batters on the year, tops in the AAC and number 17 in the country. Sacre won POW honors for her performance against Averett University, striking out eight batters in four innings of work and limiting the Cougars to just one hit on the afternoon in VI's 8-6 win in Danville, Va., this past Sunday afternoon.On March 4, Sacre backed up the honor with a three inning, hitless and scoreless outing against Bluefield State College where she struck out six batters and allowed just one walk. On the year, Sacre is limiting opposing batters to just a .149 batting average. She has two wins and an ERA of 1.50 through 32.2 innings of work on the season. Earlier in the month, Sacre was named the Lady Cobras' Player of the Month during the Month of July. She leads the team in home runs and ranks sixth in the country with six long bombs on the year. Sacre also leads the team in RBI with 17 during the
James Madison softball rising junior pitcher/first baseman Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Bath County) •NFCA Second Team All-America (first All-American in program history)•CAA Pitcher of the Year•First Team All-CAA•NFCA First Team All-Region•CAA All-Tournament Team•ECAC Pitcher of the Year and ECAC First Team Division I All-Star•College Sports Madness Fourth Team All-America•Five-time CAA Pitcher of the Week•NFCA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament Team•2014 Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Classic co-Most Valuable Pitcher•ECAC Pitcher of the Week (4/7)•College Sports Madness Preseason Player and Pitcher of the Year•Started all 60 games for the Dukes at pitcher, designated player of first base•Hit .268 with nine doubles, a team-high nine home runs, 29 RBIs, 36 runs and nine steals•Set a school record with 34 walks on the season•In the circle went 24-7 with a 1.26 ERA, adding nine shutouts, two combined shutouts, 21 complete games and four saves•Struck out 233 and walked 40 while holding opponents to a .200 batting average against in 228 2/3 innings pitched•Set or tied program records for wins, strikeouts, starts, innings pitched, appearances and shutouts.•Was the only pitcher in the nation to shutout Women’s College World Series participants Oregon and UL Lafayette during the regular season
Pro Power Drive
Softball Pitching Mound Launch TrainerThe Pro Power Drive helps pitchers optimize their launch by developing muscle memory so they use their legs more. The built-in foot guides act as a drag box to keep the foot from prematurely rotating.
I was interviewed for a featured article in Fastpitch Softball Magazine! Click on the picture above to subscribe. Click on the link below to read my interview! I answer questions about youth pitching!
Coming Soon......Personalized Pitching Mechanics Video Analysis.....
I recently got a shout out from Michele Smith on ESPN while she was providing commentary on the 2013 Little League World Series Semi-Finals. One of my students, Kathryn Sandercock got her team into the Championship round with her 58mph bullets!
Hi Rita Lynn!
RLG Trained Pitchers At All 3 Virginia Levels!•AAA Emma Mitchell, Patrick Henry HS•AA Maggie Tyler, Poquoson HS•A JJ Ford, Bath County HS
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ALL - AMERICANS
Hey Rita Lynn! I just wanted to send you an email to thank you for all the help you gave me. I know it has been a while since we have been in contact, but I used the drills you gave me when I visited you so long ago all the way through the end of my senior year at Stetson University. I just wanted to let you know I would never have been able to achieve what I did at Stetson without your help.#23 Meredith OwenMeredith Owen Named Third Team All-America - The Official Athletics Web site of Stetson University. For the first time in its 30-year history, the Stetson University softball program has an All-American.
Large Drag Box
Push and Drag Training AidSimilar to a sprinter coming out of a starting block, a pitcher needs to keep her power foot straightahead as she drives off the mound. If she twists her foot too much prior to pushing away, the drag box will move, indicating the mechanical error.
Release Training AidSometimes the simplest things in life are the best. Wear the release flap thigh-high on the pitching arm side. Place it at a 45 degree angle (not on the side nor directly on the front) Be sure the pitcher hits the flap with her pitching hand.
Hand Strengthener - Dynamic ResistancePower Putty is the most versatile hand exerciser there is to develop strong hands. It is made of a unique silicone rubber that resists in proportion to the pressure applied against it. For example, under hard impact it bounces like rubber, under slow force it stretches like elastic. Squeezing, pulling, stretching, and pinching the putty will strengthen the muscles of the fingers, hand, wrist, and forearm.
National FastpitchCoaches Association
Book: Leadership Training for Softball
Applied Sports Psychology / LeadershipI first heard Coach Aaron Weintraub speak at the NFCA conference and I wanted to learn more of his mental tactics to teach my pitchers. So much of the game is mental and my students work so little on this part. This hardcover book is 246 pages full of applied sport psychology information, motivational quotes, and leadership activities and exercises.
New Pitching Instructor! Jackie Ruffin-Magill
Congrats to RMC freshman Nelda Bagley ODAC Rookie of the Year and my cousin Madison Gilman for making 1st team all conference
Our first Dad & Daughter’s pitching school drew over 70 eager pitchers and their parents. In the photo, Rita Lynn demonstrates the correct use of the Xcelerator.
Held at Rita Lynn Gilman, Inc Training Center at Gilmanor Farms, Hanover Co, VirginiaParents spend a day with their daughter learning the basics of the pitching motion. These classes have been extremely popular! Space is limited in my training center so register early! Two dates available!July 31, 2015 5:00pm-8:00pmAugust 1, 2015 11:00am-2:00pm$60 if registered by 7/24 $70 thereafter