Coach, My name is Noah and I am 13 yrs old, 5’6 – 5’7 RH, and have been pitching for 5 years now. I am throwing about 65 – 70 mph and have been doing the slidestep. I have also been starting to work on the momentum pitching in my bullpens, only problem is that lately I have been experiencing soreness in my arm and I don’t know why. I have been using the FPS program and watching your videos and have read the momentum pitching book also. On the first game of our season, I pitched the whole game (7 innings), had 10+ strikeouts, and it felt really good. But lately, it’s been soreness after soreness. The following are links to videos of me pitching. If you find anything that I’m doing wrong, please let me know. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AtftaoEyJ8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeyPr-9ip94 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3ceiDgajls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ljsw7ZHfno
Your videos are listed as Private…so we are not able to watch them.
Pitching 7 innings the first game is a lot.?? Were you fully fit to pitch 7 innings that soon?
How many 75-100 pitch bullpens had you thrown prior to that first game
A first game might be 40-50 pitches.
I have not been throwing bullpens very much and yes I was fit to throw 7 innings. I have played on a travel team before and I would pitch whole games frequently and sometimes pitch multiple days in a row.
I will work on the videos and let you know when they are ready.
Coach Mills -??We republished the videos so they are not private. ??Please let us know if you still have a problem seeing them.
In order to evaluate your Momentum Pitching I have to see a glove side angle.
Do you have one?
Yes I do, along with some new videos of me doing the Fernando Rodney slidestep
My dad said they were good, though we’ve heard that before…
You look very, very good.?? One of the best 13 years olds we have seen.?? No radical changes.??
These suggestions will get you move a bit faster for more momentum.
Your most recent side angle did not work.?? I used the one you posted yesterday.
Keep up the good practice.
I am impressed and I do not say that often.??
You guys are doing a great job.
*?? get your upper body all the way back before you start your front foot pivot.
* ?? have hands ready to break as your head moves past the rubber leading
with the front hip
*?? stay low as you come by the rubber – you’re are raising your body up – keep low
*?? break your hands at the belt
Slide Step Side
*?? start with feet shoulder width apart and hands at belt
*?? shift back while lifting hands up
*?? as the hands move down drive sideways
Thank you for the review. I have started to work on keeping my elbow bent when I throw the curve. I threw a bit yesterday and my speed went up by at least 3 mph. And no arm pain during or after! I will implement the changes and hopefully send you some better videos. I will repost the videos again and hopefully they will work. They are the 2 side videos that I have, don’t know which one is screwing up.
I already evaluated your momentum pitching side angle.
This is the one in the red shirt.
If you are going to start like this with your feet together then have your hands chest high.?? Then as your hands start to move down get your back leg lower and drive sideways into landing.
The higher hands will give you move time to shift your weight. Right now at hand break you have not moved very far toward the plate.
I have attached a couple of freeze-frame photos comparing you to Greinke at hand break. He is using a slide-step.
At touchdown you are leaning back a bit. But changing your timing of how you use your hands and with improved weight shift may take care of it.
You are not using your trunk to maximize force. Notice you are not flexing forward.?? You are losing a lot of potential velocity. So start focusing on powerful trunk flexion. Once you land slam that chest and head forward and finish with more of a flatter back.
Otherwise you look very, very good.
Notice how far Greinke has moved his head and back hip away from the rubber at hand break for maximum momentum.
You can see that you have not moved very far at hand break
Here is Greinke at finish:
Here you are.?? Notice how upright you are.?? Something important to start focusing on to maximize your trunk force and velocity as well as it helps decelerate your arm.
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