My nine year old son plays on a 11u travel team. He has been able to hold his own against the bigger boys. My biggest problem is that we are trying to add a second pitch to his fastball. He is only 4’7″ around 70 lbs. It is very hard for him to have consistent control of his changeup because of his hand size. Is there another pitch that someone could recommend that is safe to use beside a changeup.
I have not yet seen a 9 or 10 year old who needs another pitch. What I see are kids who do not know how to use their bodies efficiently to produce more force so their arm doesn’t have to. I see few high school pitchers who need more than two pitches.
I see lots of pitchers at all levels who have very poor control of their fastballs.
By trying to add another pitch, you will simply be throwing another monkey wrench into the skill building of his mechanics.
Are his mechanics perfect? Posture? Arm action? Weight shift? Back leg and back foot action? Landing? Finish?
How about ball control? Confidence on the mound?
Pitching mechanics are a complex movement requiring much more practice than most pitchers or coaches realize. That is why there are so few good ones.
Focus on improving his throwing mechanics and he will not need another pitch until his hands are big enough to help him create one.
Thanks for the advise coach. It happens that our head coach just sent us the stats for the first 12 games. He has started in 5 of those games. His stats are Innings pitched 8.33, 53 balls, 78 strikes,6k,6 walks and 1 hb.
The reason I was looking for another pitch coach is because the bigger kids once they time him they are hitting him more than when he played in the 10u division. Where he could get by with just his fast ball.
I will try to post a video. My biggest challenge is trying to get him to lead with his hip and use more of his back leg to push off. I have tried many different thing any advise would be greatly appreciated.
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