My son has been struggling some with his pitching this season. We have some issues at catcher which doesnt help with confidence, lot of passed balls that are strikes, 4 and 5 out innings. But even then I feel like he has given up too many walks and finds himself in full counts a lot. He was missing low a lot, but most recent game was missing high around the letters. Blake is 11 yrs old, 5″5 110 lbs playing little league but was moved up a division with all 12 yr olds, plays travel ball in the summer siiting in the 60s, has hit 64-65, we havnt seen a big increase since fall but not a decrease either takes lessons, with video on occaasion has been dippng his front shoulder early and we are trying to get him to stay sideways as long as possible. I have questions about his back hip rotation and I think he is hanging back a bit. Has a bit of Felix when he is fully extended which perhaps can lead to inconsistency. no arm pain at all, never sore after throwing or even day after. http://youtu.be/Wkms_1CTGkU http://youtu.be/THQ-JulXrEg http://youtu.be/g_Su78vPN5A
Blake, Nice delivery. However, he has no weight shift before hand break. In other words by the time he breaks his hands his body has not moved toward the plate. You want him to start to lean his front hip as his hands start down. I would have his hands up higher so he has more time for weight shift. Also he is leaning back and is not level at landing so he is essentially trying to throw uphill on a downward slope. Get him level and he will be able to use his trunk sooner. He is collapsing his back leg and not able to brace up his front leg until much too late. Notice at landing that his back hip is lower than his front hip. Should be the opposite. What to do: Work on stabilizing the back leg so it does not continue to bend after handbreak. This could be a lack of strength issue. You may want to address that. Remember his back leg has to have some flexion but it must remain stable. That does not mean do not bend it. Then work on his weight shift to get him moving faster down the mound. Then work on bracing. Right now he is moving very slow. This is the age where you want to work on being explosive and moving down the mound faster. Coach Mills
thanks coach working on it already
worked on some of these changes and have seen an immediate jump in velocity, he was sitting mid 60s 64-66 and threw 1 pitch 68 mph, I think the changes will result in more accuracy as well.
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