My son has taken a few months off but the season down here in Texas is almost upon us, tryouts coming up in the next 10-14 days. He is 11 was sititng in the low 60s hitting 64-65 mph when we stopped throwing for awhile in November. the last few weeks he has been 55-59 mph in the couple of bullpens we have thrown, no pain at all. His mechanics look very similar to me comparing to video back in November but he is definately moving several frames slower especially from when his front foot touches down. You think this is normal early season rustiness that will work itself out once he gets back up to speed, any drills or thoughts maybe to just speed up his arm? Anyway was just wondering if this seems normal. Just tossing the ball warming up he seems to throw the ball harder than ever. I will say right now he is having a tendency to miss low in the dirt, any ideas what typically causes this?
Hey, Herb. Can you post his most recent video so we can help? Difficult to say for sure without seeing what’s causing the problem.
Herb, Is your son fit to pitch? What did you do to get him conditioned to pitch. How many sessions, how many pitches. Did you start slow and build up volume and intensity of throws? If you start too late, then it will take some time to get him in condition to pitch but you also risk injury if you go too fast. Coach Mills
Dick thanks for the comments will try and build him up slowly, he was doing some conditioning but like a lot of 11 yr olds, got bored with it. Its also been tough with the cold winter so far, even in Texas. I know he will get back to his previous form soon, was just more concerned with tryouts and the reality is, it is what it is. But a good lesson to start getting ready earlier when it really counts in high school.
Herb, Early season arm issues, which can lag for months, are many times caused by getting ready too late and then expecting the body and arm to be ready. What we have to teach out kids is that if you want to do this sport you have to get your body ready otherwise maybe this is not for you. The teaching starts now. Coach Mills
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