About OTR

Welcome to ON THE RISE FASTPITCH! At OTR, we provide girls quality professional pitching instruction, helping to excel their fastpitch softball career into the highest level of the game. Upon submission of the OTR application, pitchers are immediately integrated into a professionally-developed pitching lesson program that requires a high level of commitment. We coach pitchers with goals ranging from learning how to pitch to winning at the collegiate level.

On The Rise Fastpitch is a comprehensive, structured, and intense softball training program for girls located in and around Madison and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Pitching lesson programs are designed by an elite pitching coach for the serious pitcher who wants to improve and rise up to the next level. Teaching is based on natural body movements to gain maximum speed, accuracy, and prevent injury.

About the OTR Pitching Lesson Program

Three sessions are offered. The first session includes mechanics, speed, pitch learning, pitch movement, spins and spin speeds. This session will start in September and run until right before Christmas. The second and third sessions will continue speed and mechanics with focus on location; i.e. moving the ball in and out of the zone, mental and physical preparation for games, and identifying weaknesses in batters. This session will start after the New Year and finish once the spring softball season begins. Students will be placed in groups of 5 according to age and skill level. All participants will be required to have a SpinRight spinner and indoor practice ball for lessons. The spinner may be difficult to find in retail stores. You can find it and the indoor practice balls online at www.shopclubk.com or purchase from your instructor. All students are expected to practice outside of their lesson and encouraged to keep a training log.

About the Coach

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Roanna Brazier is the owner / instructor of On The Rise Fastpitch. She has been coaching since 1991 and Brazier was the pitching coach at the University of Wisconsin during the 2009 and 2010 seasons before founding On The Rise Fastpitch in the Fall of 2010.

Prior to coming to Wisconsin Roanna spent four years as the lead instructor of Worth Club K softball in Nashville, Tennessee learning from and working closely with owner, Cheri Kempf, a world renown pitching coach.

Brazier was the head coach at Ohio University from 1997 to 2005 where 15 of her players were named All-Conference Mid-American with three named All-Region performers.

Prior to her head coaching position, Brazier spent three seasons as an assistant softball coach at Ohio University and one year as an assistant coach at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. Roanna also coached the 2003 USA All-Star Team that competed in the Netherlands helping the Dutch National Team prepare for the 2004 Olympic Games.

Brazier was a four-year letter winner at the University of Kansas where she earned her BSE in Exercise Science. She was named to the All-Midwest Regional team and 1st team All Big 8 in 1989. She was a 3 time All Big 8 Championship All tournament team selection. While at Kansas, Brazier set six Jayhawk season and career records in both pitching and hitting still relevant today. Brazier led the Jayhawks in every pitching category for 4 consecutive seasons. She also played on the 1993 gold medal winning U.S.Olympic Sports Festival team and pitched for the St. Louis Classic of the Women’s Major ASA. Brazier is a published author. She co-wrote Coaching of Fastpitch Softball Successfully, in its’ 2nd edition and is the author of Competitive Games and Drills for Softball Practice DVD.

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On The Rise Fastpitch
Madison, WI



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