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Pitching Clinics

2021 Inferno Pitching Academy

 Rochester's Inferno Pitching Academy!

Regardless of their current skill level, we can work with your daughter each month to develop the technique to grow on the pitching mound this year. 

There are currently two different levels of instruction being offered that are based on experience, ranging from new to pitching to those pitchers looking to build on past success.

Players are assigned a Pod or are in groups of 6 pitchers - they meet weekly at the RYFSA complex.

Typically sessions are held Sunday nights and then one more time during the week, pending rain outs or extreme heat.

The Difference between the FIRE Pitching Academy and the INFERNO Pitching Academy:

  • The FIRE Pitching Academy 8-10yr Pitching opportunities (beginner)
    • Usually meets 2x a month (20.00)
  • Progression wise - the 2nd Level of instruction is the  INFERNO Pitching Academy 10-13yr opportunities: 
    • Usually 4x a month (~40.00) option during the summer / Fall
    • There is a Winter Indoor Session of Inferno Pitching instruction for those pitchers that would like to pitch year round.
  • See the list of instructors and prices under the FIRE link
  • There will be opportunities for one-on-one instruction.  Please reach out to Chad Buchmann the Director of the Inferno Pitching Academy.  See Email below

Feel Free to email questions



FiRE Academy: Fastpitch In Rochester is Excellent

Fundamentals Softball Academy for 8U and 9U  Players

Conceptually, softball programs and USA Softball competitive organizations know that the skill of pitching and skilled pitchers often dominate the game, at the younger levels. We desire to strategically foster that excitement and expose young talent to the art of pitching; RYFSA is developing a year round youth softball skills academy. This will also incorporate fielding and hitting skill development.

Coaching Motto:

Provide the opportunity and create enthusiasm


  • Focus is narrowed at this age level with the goal of developing future talented pitchers first, for all of the local Rochester teams.
  • Long term, these off-season sessions should impact the success of all our summer teams at this level because our in game pitching will be more consistent.

“FIRE” Academy: Framework

  • During each session the coaches will focus on and develop three KEY skills :   -  Throwing (over hand/fielding), Pitching and Catching (NO STRATEGY)
    • Players will learn both pitching and catching positions to understand the  strike zone and recognize spin.
  • Each monthly session will be 1.10 hours long – One - Two sessions a month , though out the calendar year beginning Late May -August
  • Winter Session also offered.
  • We will slowly infuse, age appropriate, competitive aspects to the pitching concepts
  • We encourage all new players to the sport of Fastpitch to join the Academy

First Impact Adjustment: Defined as a unified approach of instruction with a focused objective to impact a future goal of skill development; all player coached to understand the fundamentals of pitching and they will pitch during each session.

  • Each player will be exposed to the pitching process slowly and introduced to more drills as they master the basics.  Advanced pitchers will have the opportunity to access individual pitching sessions/attention (price-TBA)
  • Each player will be instructed on how to throw properly (also how to catch)

Foundation: Young players need a consistent plan for development and they need positive feedback along the way as they learn these new skills.  Through repetition both in form, drills and contact - we will develop their confidence in the sport of softball.

Academy is open to a limited number (40) of 8U  per USA Softball DOB for Rochester athletes only.

1.10 hours per month from August-March - on the various Sunday's of each month

2021 - Summer Session Late May - August

Winter indoor options : Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov & Jan

Location:  RSC6 - until we can utilize the DOME.

8U Fee:  TBA

9U - Your daughter will receive an invoice for the cost difference to play 10U Summer program for 2020 session

Players with date of birth in 2012 - 2013

Pitching Academy Registration

Registration for both Pitching Academy sessions -  now OPEN

Email  your daughters information to:


About the Academy Director - Chad Buchmann

Chad Buchmann has been coaching both college softball or high school for the past 20 years. In 2016 he coached in this 500th softball game and has 225 combined college wins from both Lakeland College in Wisconsin and at Jamestown University in North Dakota. During the 2011-12 season he became Lakeland College's programs most winningest head softball coach. While at Jamestown Jimmies, in 2002 he led the program to a school record 41 games won, in his first season.  

During his tenure at Lakeland College, every season his teams reached the post season, posting six straight Northern Athletics Conference Tournament appearances and two Lake Michigan Conference Tournament appearances. He served as the college's head strength and conditioning coach, the director of events and served as a lecture in the college's Exercise Science program.

In 2007, Buchmann's Muskies posted a 23-game win streak, breaking the program's record of 15 set in 1994. Talent wise, he coached a NAC player of the conference, a NAC conference homerun champion , 2 batting champions and in 2009 and 2010 he had players rank in the top 2 in the nation for triples hit in season. In the conference, his teams have led in multiple offensive hitting categories.

In 2009, Coach Buchmann led the Muskies to a 30-win season and mixed in two 27-win seasons (2007, 2010).

In 2012, Coach Buchmann was named the head Varsity softball coach at Rochester Century High School (MN). In just their first season, they improved on the previous season's record of 2-18 by winning 7 games and defeating the #4 seed and #2 seed in the Section tournament. In 2015, the Panthers were one win shy of tying the schools softball wins in a season (15) of 16. Each year the program has had numerous all conference players and most recently two Panther athletes have signed DIV II scholarships to play college softball.  2019 was Coach Buchmann's final season as the head coach for the Panthers.

During the summers of 2004-2011, Coach Buchmann served as a head coach for USAAI College Softball organization, which competed internationally. He has guided teams to two gold medals, one silver and one bronze. In in hometown of Sheboygan WI, in 2004 he organized and coordinated Sheboygan's first and only youth girls ASA competitive fastpitch program, the Sheboygan Strikers Youth Fastpitch Program.

In past summers, Coach Buchmann conducts recruiting exposure camps for local high school softball players to showcase their talent for College coaches through his Eastern Shoreline Fastpitch Athletics LLC. High school players attend from MN, WI and ILL and IN to be evaluated by college softball coaches.

Coach Buchmann graduated from Lakeland College in 1998 and received his Master of Education from Lakeland college in 2009. Coach Buchmann's wife Amy, is a masters' prepared nurse at the Mayo Clinic and they have two wonderful children Brady (11) and Lauren (8).

Softball Coaching Years

2019-2021 Inferno Pitching Academy Director

2012- 2019  Rochester Century HS (MN)

2004-2012  Lakeland College (WI)

2002-2004 Jamestown University (ND)

1999-2002  Dover - Eyota HS (MN)

1997-1998  Lakeland College (WI) Asst. Softball Coach


Coming Soon...

1.  The next Parent informational Meeting date and time - TBA

2.  Information on how to volunteer as in instructor

3.  An Instructional videos section with-in the FIRE tab

Video Assessment and Analysis

Power Y Form

Firm Front Foot and Power Y Form example

Coaches will use the "Coaches Eye"  App to demo form and educate each player ...on their progress.  See picture Coach Buchmann uses with previous athletes - as an example.

Parents Corner

Each month the director will post videos of drills from past FIRE Academy sessions for parents to review as they help in the development process.

*  Players are encouraged to practice the drills they learned that month with their parents.

*  Videos will in order of development and the Library of videos will be a good source for parents.