I just joined and ordered the ultimate youth package for my 10 year old son. I choose this site because I hope it will teach me how to help him. I am concerned because I have no previous knowledge of pitching or baseball.
My son played REC baseball for the first time last year while most players in our town have been playing since age 5. He fell in love with pitching immediately. We sent him to a great local training facility, and they took him from a complete beginner to a regular REC pitcher in the last year. He learned a lot, but I did not, and that is why I am here.
My son is a lefty pitcher who bats righty. (Is that weird?) Using video from his games, I calculate that he pitches in the low 40â€™s MPH. He rarely walks batters, but because he is not that fast, they often get hits on him. When he misses, the pitches are wild and many players steal bases on the passed balls.
My son did not make the summer travel team so he may not be able play again until next spring, and he really wants to play baseball.
Here is my plan for the summer. Please offer any advice.
1. Study and understand everything in the youth package.
2. Post videos to this forum for critique and the included video analysis.
3. Have him pitch on a regular schedule. Make regular videos. Track basic metrics like speed and % misses from those videos.
4. Learn how to analyze the video so my son and I can learn together.
5. Continue regular lessons at the local training facility.
6. Practice his hitting and fielding skills.
Thanks in advance,
I see nothing wrong with your approach except #5. How with that benefit your son since it’s likely they will not videotape or have a good understanding of mechanics?
Teach him how to play catch initially. If he cannot do that properly his pitching will be slower to develop.
Focus on speed of movement and explosiveness once he understands the fundamentals. Don’t think this will come later. You must train it in now.
I would be careful of the use of the radar gun. It can be intimidating and a demotivator at this age.
Don’t worry so much about control until his mechanics are improved.
We spend far too much time today on thinking games are important when instruction and building skills is most important right now.
If pitchers do not develop good mechanics then control is much more difficult to master. It is no fun walking a lot of hitters as you already know.
Ten is a growth time so you must watch him closely. Focus on mechanics.
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