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Overall, not too bad. He does several things well and has good velocity, however, he’s being held back by posture problems caused by his front leg.
Look at the side view video. First, as he brings the lead leg up he’s taking it back toward 2nd base instead of bringing it straight up to the waist. This is counter-rotating the body and has no benefit. This also causes him to lead with the front foot as he strides toward the plate. He should have the front foot hanging under the front knee as he pushes off the back leg. Let the back hip carry the front side down the mound. Don’t reach with the front foot.
Second, from the rear view, you can see he’s swinging the lead leg after hand break. This causes him to put his weight too much on his back side (butt side). This causes him to lean severely toward 3rd base at front foot landing, which then causes him to fall off toward 3rd base side after ball release. You can also see this manifested by him spinning on his front heel at release.
I would have him eliminate bringing the lead leg up and pitch from the slide step which should solve both of these faults.
Dick should correct me if I’ve mistated anything.
Ok from the side view. I am new to this analysis so i don’t understand having him eliminating leg lift. All together or just until the bad habit is fixed?
The leg lift should be used to load the pitcher’s weight on his back leg in preparation for weight shift and back leg drive, which is why Dick only recommends bringing it up to waist height.
The great thing about the slide step is it eliminates unnecessary motion which can introduce unwanted faults. It keeps mechanics very simple. It also helps the pitcher to focus on correct mechanics. If a pitcher uses the leg lift, it’s important to keep the lead leg in line with the back leg to eliminate swinging of the leg which slows the pitcher down.
Once the pitcher understands how the lower body mechanics work from the slide step, the leg lift can be reintroduced. My son recently turned 13 and he has pitched from the slide step since he was 9. It was his choice and he loves the simplicity of it. It also makes video analysis easier since you have fewer moving parts to be concerned with.
Let’s put some names with these faces. What is your son’s name?
I am very, very impressed and would be very careful with what I changed with him during this developmental stage. Very, very natural. Nice loose arm action.
Just a couple of things. I would fix his landing foot position as it is too blocked off our angled too far away from the plate. Plus he is too open.
Just draw the line from the middle of his foot toward home plate. He needs to land on the 3rd base side of the line within 1-2″ with his foot only slightly angled.
I would also gradually introduce him to getting his lead arm up sooner so he can create some trunk tilt going into landing and thus get more from trunk rotation.
He is also leaning his trunk toward third base. You want to have him just move his head right at the plate without leaning his trunk back toward third base.
But fix the landing foot position first and get that locked in. Then you can move on to other improvements.
I wish I saw more kids with such natural mechanics.
Keep videotaping. Especially important while they are growing.
Nice job or to whomever you have been taking him too for instruction.
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