Recently, I went to a pitching camp hosted by the coaches of one of the most prominent D-1 colleges in the area. I was really disappointed in the information and instruction offered by the coaches at that level. One of the first things they had us do was the classic towel drill. The camp consisted of many drills that had us pause during our motion to emphasize the balance position and most of the throwing was done off of flat ground. They stressed the importance of the balance position, a high leg kick, and “staying back.” Although the coaches were genuinely interested in helping to improve each player, it was basically a pitcher’s nightmare.
My question: Is this what is taught everywhere at the college level?
In all seriousness, I would go anywhere to pitch at a college where the coaches understood what Dick Mills teaches or were at least aware of the insights into pitching mechanics that science can offer. I’m very curious if anyone knows of any colleges that display this.
Please understand I will always ‘let my pitching do the talking’ but I wonder if this is something I will always encounter.
What did they tell you were the benefits of the towel drill?
Was this really a recruiting camp in disguise?
What was the cost?
Unfortunately for high school pitchers this is mostly what you will get for instruction at the college level. Those who move on to pro ball will find it does not get much better since most pitching coaches already believe they know enough from what they did as pitchers. In fact, one major league pitching coach just this year said privately to one of my friends and former pro pitching coach, that there were only 3 big league pitching coaches who had the knowledge of pitching mechanics to help change and improve a major leaguers mechanics. I know that major league pitching coach and his philosophy of how to make changes is far off from what I believe works.
College coaches have little time to help pitchers improve and when they do they end up overcoaching some aspect of mechanics that fits into their pitching philosophy. It is the over-coaching that reduces the velocity in many college pitchers.
It could be that the towel drill is emphasized or some type of lead arm action or balance position.
Unfortunately, the large majority of high school and college coaches have a poor understanding of the pitching sequence and how velocity or control is produced. Many, maybe even most have it completely backwards or are 100% wrong about what affects what.
Attending college camps or clinics is a good way to get noticed by one of the schools of your choice but don’t expect much in the area of instruction you can put into practice.
Remember what the job is of a college coach. To find players that can help him win so he can keep his job. His job is about winning games…not about helping players improve. That’s why their recruiting is so important.
College baseball is not about developing better players. It is more about recuiting. If the coach brings you on as a scholarship player but he finds that you cannot help him win he will find someone else and you will be out of scholarship. That is the way it is.
Is one of those coaches with the Cardinal organization out of Jupiter , Fl.
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