Just started working with this kid. He is a really big 10 year old. Throws right now 51-54mph. With a change up in the 44-48 mph range. He has quite a few problems that I see. His back leg collapses, front arm swings, his landing is inconsistent, does not drive with his back leg and does not stride even close to his height. I have been working on getting his landing right in the last two bullpens. However his back leg collaspe may be a bigger problem. What problem should I tackle first and how should I stop it. I am thinking of removing his kick for now and just have him move faster almost like a regular throw. I clocked his regular throw without his kick and he threw the ball 58 mph.
This kid has been pitching for 3 years already and his bad habits are very engrained into him. I am having a hard time breaking them. We have only done two bullpens. In that time he has gained 4 mph as his highest pitched ball was 50 mph the first session. I attribute that to his landing has improved a bit he use to throw completely across his body. However he still throws across his body, but trust me it is a lot better than before.
Any help is welcomed Thanks.
He has no weight shift prior to hand break. Have him speed things up a bit, quicker tempo. That will improve his stride length and eliminate the collapsing back leg. It will also help his overall timing and will help him not block off his landing foot.
He’s also breaking his hands too high. If he’s going to use the leg kick (which I would have him just ptich from the slide step), he needs to start with the hands at the belt. As his leg comes up, his hands will come up too. As his leg comes down, his hands will drop with it and break at at the belt. If you go with the slide step, start with the hands high on the chest and break at the belt.
Posture first. Get him to use weight shift out to a longer stride. Have you tried the pitching backwards sequencing?
Yes we have worked with backward pitching. He understands the movements in backward pitching. His problem seems to be his slow movements, posture, and landing.
He throws hard for his age group but with his size I feel he could easily be getting to around 60mph.
I know that you stated that your 10 year old was pitching 50mph, from what distance? Was a radar gun used to ? The video posted showed a short stride and slower body movement that doesn’t equal up to 50-54 mph.
He was clocked at 50-53 mph this weekend with bushnell’s radar gun. I am well aware of his short stride and slow body movement. We are pitching from 46 feet. But distance would not effect speed of pitch at point of release. The way the radar gun works is it catches the fastest speed of the ball. So if he throws 50 mph at release and the ball finishes at 42 mph by the time it hits the catchers mitt the pitch is recorded at 50 mph. I believe this is the same way major league pitches are clocked. Some one who throws 98 mph is being clocked at ball release by the time the ball reaches the plate the ball has lost 6 or so mph of velocity.
This kid’s bad habits are difficult to break. I think he is a bit awkward cause he is a very big kid and has trouble getting his body to do what he wants. Should I just work on training this kid physically before I get to pitching with him. Everything I tell him and show him his mind seems to understand cause when we do backwards pitching he hits the positions well. He understands where he has to go but his body keeps failing to produce it in game speed. Any suggestions would help.
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