Watch as Coach Sahvanna Jaquish explains, and pitchers demonstrate using the ropes to become more explosive and efficient. Pitchers should explode off the mound, driving with both feet and with the back foot following over the rope. The use of the starting blocks assists the pitchers in driving forward. Using a medicine ball helps the pitchers feel the weight and momentum that they should have as they explode off the blocks. After the medicine ball the pitchers use a normal softball and execute real pitches.