Softball Pitching Coaching with Denny Tincher

 

Denny and Angela TincherIn a sport where dominating pitchers tend to stand well over 6-feet tall, people often ask how a pitcher like Angela Tincher, just 5’7” could pitch at speeds around 68 mph.  Along with her velocity, Angela was able to create dramatic movement on the ball, establishing herself as one of the top pitchers in the college softball record books.

It began when she was a little girl who wanted to try softball in a small Virginia town.  She was not big or athletic, but loved the game and she wanted to be part of the action.  She begged her father to teach her to pitch.  Since there were no pitching instructors in the area, her father thought it would be fun to learn about this strange motion together.  Denny Tincher began a study that would last a lifetime, going to college games to video great pitchers, studying videos of top pitchers in the College World Series, and simply working closely with his daughter to make sure she felt fluid, natural, and explosive.

With high goals, strong body awareness, and the will to win, she began to excel.  Angela Tincher went on to become the 2008 College Player of the Year. Angela stunned the world in 2008 with a no-hitter against the U.S. Olympic Team, had the lowest ERA in the country for two consecutive years, and finished her career as one of the top 3 in NCAA record books for total strikeouts, as well as average number of strikeouts per game.  She led her team to the College World Series, went on to play professionally in America and Japan, and along the way sparked a dream within her father, Denny, to find ways to help other pitchers break down barriers that hold them back.

It was not long until pitching instructors in many states noticed the huge difference Denny was making in their students at camps and clinics.  Those instructors began to ask if they could study with him, and an idea was born: to gather people with a similar passion, with great curiosity and creativity, with strong softball backgrounds, and who would work together to study and research ways to change pitching in America. 

Fast forward to today:  Scores of college pitchers come out of the Tincher Pitching organization every single year, and their impact is felt in every division of college softball right up to the College World Series. 

This amazing team of Certified Instructors expanded to deal with other issues pitchers face, like injuries, strength training, and even the mental game.  You can read more about these incredible professionals on our Instructor page.  The training they receive is thorough, intense, and personal with Denny mentoring every step of the way. 

If you have the desire to reach goals others say are unobtainable, perhaps you have reached a plateau, or feel you have a lot of untapped potential, contact one of our Certified Instructors today. We are Changing Pitching in America!

“We came to Denny with our then 15 yr old daughter who was recovering from a double stress fracture in her back (L5). She had sat her Varsity season as a Sophomore. Her shoulder had also been hurting for about a year. We knew that something had to change or she was not going to be pitching much longer.

From the first email, to the first chat by phone, to the first scheduled lesson we were thrilled. Denny is prompt, clear, committed and he appears to be an answer to our prayers. We have driven 8 hours each way twice over 3 months so far and we would gladly do it again. It has been worth every mile and every dollar. His knowledge and research into mechanics that work for a female body is commendable at the least. Our daughter has had no pain in her back whatsoever and her shoulder pain has been reduced the more she corrects her motion.

Not only have we enjoyed his humor, straight forwardness and love for the skillset, our daughter has increased her throwing speed by 4 -5 mph after being “stuck” for 3 years. It has catapulted her back into the game and onto a top team in Michigan. We have a happy healthy daughter doing what she was meant to do.” – Leslie Lenderman, Rochester Hills, Michigan   ***Daughter recently accepted D1 scholarship

 

 

In the first visit with Denny, he got rid of our daughter’s chronic back pain. I think she hugged him at that point.  Denny is caring and understanding, yet firm when he needs to be. He works with his students and helps them to be their best instead of ‘just do it this way.’ She is now faster, her movement is better, more consistent and she is more powerful, and she is HEALTHY! The results are in the stats and she is dominating everywhere we go. Thank-you Denny for what you have done for our Daughter!! We truly feel like you are a blessing in our life. — Greg and Shannon Andrews, Efland NC *** Daughter accepted D1 scholarship at age 13.

“Denny Tincher has been our daughter’s coach for the past two years, and her speed, movement and confidence has increased tenfold. Denny’s knowledge of pitching and ability to relate to teenage girls is unlike any other coach she has worked with. He has taught her to feel the pitch and use that immediate feedback to self-correct. He is so good at what he does that we have traveled 6 hours each way for a one hour lesson. “ – Michael and Margaret Ansbro, Woodstock, Virginia  *** Daughter recently accepted D1 scholarship offer

“My daughter started seeing Denny when we felt like we had hit a wall and needed a fresh perspective on pitching. In the first lesson he simplified the mechanics of pitching to real world experiences that she could relate to and that made sense to her. By helping her understand the fluid dynamics of pitching she has not only improved her speed and movement on her pitches, but her confidence has grown ten-fold, not just thinking she can play at the next level, but she truly believes with Denny’s continued support that she will get there. She looks forward to the lessons and really enjoys Denny’s unique way of communicating what they are trying to accomplish.” – Mike Decker, Roanoke, Virginia   *** Daughter recently accepted D1 scholarship

“We started seeing Denny after joining a new travel ball organization. They watched my daughter and immediately told us to have Denny work with her. After several years of seeming to maintain the same velocity we felt we had nothing to lose by giving it a try. Within just a few lessons she did indeed pick up several miles per hour. Also she loved going to lessons with him and her attitude really changed. Pitching wasn’t a chore, it was a joy again. She recently verballed to a D1 school. Denny works with girls to use their physical makeup to gain maximum power. It seems so simple when he tells girls to throw like girls. We can’t thank him enough for all he’s done for my daughter.” – Lynn Thrower, Lexington, North Carolina  *** Daughter recently accepted D1 scholarship

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“Our family is absolutely in awe of Denny’s abilities as a coach. He is not only the best pitching coach that we’ve ever seen. He is, quite simply, the best coach that we’ve ever seen. Since we live on the West Coast, we meet with Denny about twice a year, for 2-3 days each time. You might think that the 2-3 hour lessons each day would be taken at a leisurely pace, but they are each jam-packed with instruction, drills, and spot-on feedback. Denny’s approach is remarkable in several ways:

 1) His ability to communicate with young women in a way that is positive and fun, yet also demanding. He works to bring out the best in each young woman.

2) His ability to look at the entire pitch, spot specific errors, and discover the root cause of those errors. Then, he has an entire arsenal of drills, each aimed at developing muscle memory of the right movements.

3) His enthusiasm for learning. He is interested not only in finding out what works for pitchers, but also in finding out why it works. Every time that we come to see him, we aren’t just covering all of the old points all over again, we are learning new and better approaches.

4) His insistence on incorporating the entire family into the learning process. He understands that it’s the moms and dads who will be working with the pitchers between lessons, encouraging their daughters, holding to them to the standards and commitments that they’ve set for themselves.” – Michael Kristo, Santa Clara, California *** Daughter recently accepted D1 scholarship

“Denny has made more of a difference in an amazingly short period of time than any other pitching coach that we have ever had. His lessons always result in an immediate improvement and he is always looking for innovative ways to help that make sense and are easily understood. We sometimes drive a long way for the lessons, but would drive a lot further if we had to.” – Tommy Waldrop, Georgia  *** Daughter recently accepted D1 scholarship

“After her junior year of high school our daughter felt like she had reached a “wall” in terms of speed progression and overall pitching development.   We went to Denny at the recommendation of one of our Travel Team pitchers who had seen him.  Our first two hour lesson was enlightening.  The way he broke down the pitching motion into easily understandable terms and quickly identified a few mechanical issues with her motion was eye opening.  Denny understands the fast pitch motion from a mechanical and women’s body perspective better (by leaps and bounds) than any instructor we have ever been to.  Our daughter is pitching faster and with no overuse fatigue and just completed her best high school season ever (27-1), with a significant reduction in ERA from last year (0.90 to 0.28).  We will continue to travel great distances from Florida to see Denny!”  – Randy Geehr, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida *** Daughter pitching D1

“We started working with Denny about three years ago. From the first lesson, we knew he was the one to take her pitching to the next level! We have worked with Denny in FIVE states over those three years which shows his accessibility. Within the first year my daughter’s speed jumped 3 to 4 miles an hour and continues to climb! Denny’s techniques removes the barriers to allow his pitchers achieve maximum potential. She recently committed to a SEC school. We can’t thank him enough for not only being her pitching coach but a great friend to both of us!!  – Chris Heath, North Augusta, SC  *** Daughter recently accepted D1 scholarship

 

After I graduated in 2012, I started coaching college right away. However, I was finding that all the stuff I had been taught wasn’t helping the girls I was teaching! After hours upon hours of study and internet research I started to notice commonalities in pitchers that I liked watching and who were also successful. Clearly, these kids must be coming from the same place.

Eventually, I tracked a girl back to Denny Tincher and Fluid Dynamics. I went to one clinic and I was HOOKED.It’s amazing—if you teach girls a style that works with their bodies, THEY LEARN. They IMPROVE. And most importantly, they don’t hurt themselves!

If you’re a parent or pitcher reading this, and considering trying it out, PLEASE DO. Give it one or two sessions, and you’ll be hooked. I wish I had been taught this way to start with, and I’m never going back to anything else.

– Jen Mineau, Three-Time D1 All-American/drafted and pitched in NPF with Akron Racers

“I am very excited about the progress that my daughter has made with her pitch mechanics working with Denny. He challenges conventional wisdom and teaches a delivery that maximizes velocity and spin. At the same time it is a more natural motion and is far less stressful on the body than the traditional “closed” delivery taught by many today. He also made an instant connection with her and she really looks forward to her sessions with him.” – Dave Hoover, Clemson SC  *** Daughter pitching D1

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It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.  Psalm 18:32