Here are two videos of my son, Austin. He is 10 years old and has been pitching for 2 years. He plays in a Cal Ripken, Jr. League. I have spent the last two years teaching him how to pitch and making corrections to his mechanics. He receives periodic but limited, mostly off-season professional instruction by a former MLB pitcher. I have not tried to clock his pitch speed but, compared to other pitchers his age we have played against, he has good average speed for his age. He is very accurate and has very solid control over the ability to place his pitches. He currently can throw with good success 4 different types of pitches: fast ball (2 & 4 seam), change-up, curve ball, and a pitch we call a “cup” pitch. The latter pitch acts a lot like a knuckleball in the sense that it has almost no spin on it and just dies at the end of the pitch. He plays recreation ball, advanced ball, and all-stars. I have no doubt he could be on a travel team or two but we just don’t have the money to support the cost of such programs….He is transitioning from 10U Minors (46 ft. pitching distance) to 11U (50 ft. pitching distance) for the fall season. The video below was shot yesterday on the 11U field as I am trying to get him ready for the distance difference well before the season begins. I would like to get a basic critique regarding his mechanics….would mostly like to increase his pitching velocity…please take a look at the video and feel free to share any insights or advice…Austin is a phenomenal student of the game and makes corrections very fast…any help is appreciated Front Side Angle View http://youtu.be/r_g1el0mLP0 Back Side Angle View http://youtu.be/xrWzdnPLi9c
These are not views that will allow me to give you accurate feedback. We need a glove side direct view as if you are standing on 3rd base. A front view from the catcher’s angle but showing just your boy on the mound, not the catcher. and a back view looking in toward second base, again a close shot. Coach Mills
do I need to set-up multiple cameras for a single shot or can I take each shot one at a time, i.e. three different pitches?
Do not need multiple cameras. Just make sure the shots are direct and as close as possible. Coach Mills
Coach Mills, Here are a few videos shot from the angles you requested…I am shooting it with my iPhone and the sun is behind the field, i.e. shining towards the camera…If you need better quality, I have a friend with a high-end video production camera that said he can help me next week….just let me know if we need to reshoot again…thanks for you help! Troy http://youtu.be/J7ZEfdKF52Y http://youtu.be/Q9JNniHsHu4 http://youtu.be/_yPArHVCaFM
You got to like the way Austin throws. Right now keep it simple. 1. have him take the ball down out of the glove and swing it back and up. Right now he just takes it back and gets the arm up a bit early. From the back angle you want his throwing elbow to move in line with his trunk so that it naturally goes behind the line of his trunk as it moves up to shoulder height. Remember you want the arm to shorten or flex at the elbow as the ball is starting up toward shoulder height. Right now his arm is nearly fully extended during this arm swing. 2. shorten his stride – try walking off 5 shoe lengths – right now he is not able to manage that long stride and thus cannot brace up his front hip and leg. By the time he lands his trunk is about 1/2 way rotated and his arm is already coming through. 3. notice that at ball release (back angle) his elbow is in too close to his head and the ball is positioned at about 12 o’clock. The ball should be more toward 1 o’clock so the arm is fully extended. Watch some of the Let’s Discuss videos of Carlos Martinez from the back angle. Coach Mills
Thanks, Coach Mills. I..ll review the videos and may have a few questions or requests for clarifications to make sure I completely understand each suggestion. I really appreciate you taking the time to critique his mechanics…I am planning on paying for the advanced video analysis you do but just need to put together the money. Would love to get personal lessons from you but AZ is a long ways from FL….Have you ever considered touring the country with your coaching and training services? I bet you could assemble quite a few appointments in each major city to make the travel worthwhile while also being able to spread out the travel costs among a group of clients. Anyway, just a thought… Again, thanks a bunch…
Coach Mills, Austin and I went to the field the other day and worked on a few of your suggestions. Here is what I had him do: 1. You said to shorten his stride a little and to measure out about 5 of his shoe lengths…his shoe is 9.5 inches long so that would equal approximately 47.5 inches or roughly 4 feet. I then had Austin do his normal stride to see what the difference was…it was 1 shoe length more which would make his current stride 4..9… His height is right in the middle of those two numbers at 4 ft. 5 inches….. Originally, you stated to the reason to shorten the stride was to land a little sooner because he is over-rotating or part way into his rotation before his front foot is stabilized. Still, in other writings you..ve made, you state that the stride should be at least the pitchers height and also that the pitcher should be lunging forward….at the 5 foot length, it does not appear that Austin can lunge forward…of course, maybe I am misunderstanding the concept of the lunge as you mean it…. anyway, considering the info above, do you still think I should shorten his forward stride/lunge? 2. For his arm position comment you made, Austin generally would hold the ball in the glove together up high covering virtually most of his face except his eyes. I had him brings his hands down to mid-chest and then instructed him to drop his arm down below his waist before looping back up to throw….I think this corrected the position issue… Will load some new video of his adjusted motion soon….still working on it Troy Janda
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