How to Grip and Snap a Riseball in Softball

Raise your pitching game to the next level with these riseball fundamental tips.

April 01, 2019

One characteristic of a great pitcher is the ability to surprise the opposition. As one of the most difficult pitches for hitters to identify, the riseball is a great tool to have in your pitching arsenal. Unlike other pitches, the riseball breaks up, rather than down.

“You really have to focus on the snap of this pitch since we’re working against gravity to get that ball to break upwards,” former professional softball player Jessica Vogel says.


Similar to other pitch types, you have options when it comes to gripping and snapping a riseball. You can choose to either use a four-seam or two-seam grip.

With a four-seam grip, you will look for a “C” on the ball’s seams. Place as many fingers on the seams as you can. Meanwhile, with a two-seam grip, you will look for vertical seams that run parallel to each other.

Preference will vary between pitchers. Some may even prefer to tuck a finger on this pitch.


To get the riseball to rise, the most important part of the pitch is the snap. You should release the ball low at your hips.

For proper wrist movement, imagine that you are scooping dirt off of the ground or that you are turning a doorknob all the way.

It is crucial that you get fully around and underneath the ball. Ultimately, you will finish your follow through into your chest or belly button.

For more information on throwing a riseball, check out these tips. To learn how to grip and snap other pitch types read these guides on the curveball and drop ball.