<p>Hi Dick,</p> <p>I recently purchased your DVD set for youth pitching and also read though just about everything you have written that I can find.</p> <p>Next week we start our 9U travel baseball team. I volunteered to coach pitching for the sole reason to try to start the kids off with solid mechanics. Now that we are about to start, I am struggling on just how I want to teach the kids. The kids just came off of “coach pitch” and most of them have never had a single pitching lesson, which is probably a good thing.</p> <p>With that said, how would you start them off correctly? Should I work them in a group step by step through mechanics similar to how Ryan instructed the two boys in the videos? These boys have never pitched at all so I don’t want to overload them.</p> <p> </p> <p>Any recommendations would be appreciated.</p> <p><br>Thank you,</p> <p>Jake</p>
That is exactly how you want to teach them.
You can also start them off using the Pitching Backwards sequence where you show them:
1. a proper finish position – flexed forward showing the back of the shoulder to the hitter
2. a proper ball release position – arm extended out to the side with trunk flexed forward with head over the front knee
3. proper landing position – slight bend in the front leg, glove arm up, throwing arm up and cocked with nose over bellybutton.
4. then a proper starting position. Weight over the back leg, feet fairly close together with hands high on chest.
I would not teach them the leg lift at this point. Just how to lead with the hip, then break the hands, get the glove arm up while the throwing arm is still down and land properly.
This always works because they learn what the goal of the motion is and how the body should be positioned.
Then you can start them the way Ryan is teaching to the two 11 year olds.
I love working with beginners. The are so fertile for correct learning.
Please keep us posted and maybe some video too.
<p>Dick,</p> <p> </p> <p>Thanks for the advice and I will do just that. If I am able to teach the basics of what you teach, think how lucky these kids will be. The are starting off right…no b.s. Unfortunately there are a couple of kids who have already gone to local experts. One told me yesterday they did the dreaded towel drill. I told him to run….and fast!</p> <p>Thanks,<br><br>Jake</p>
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