<p>Ethan is 8 years old and has been playing baseball for 1 year. We just started pitching about 2 months ago. Any suggestions that anyone can give me in regards to what we need to be fixing first would be great! Love the site, Love the video analysis, and everything about what you do, Coach Mills and son Ryan Mills.
Looks very good. Maybe the next Matt Harvey in a few.
Things to work on.
* don’t let the ball turn after he takes it out of the glove. You want fingers on top so that the arm does not go behind the line of the trunk back toward first base. You want the throwing arm to stay naturally bent and not extend during the arm swing. It will get into the cocked position at the right time.
* keeping his back foot heel down preventing early hip rotation plus it prevents completion of back leg drive.
* his glove arm elbow goes above shoulder height and is too high at touchdown so that his trunk is not level. This slows down his trunk
and puts his throwing elbow in front of his trunk before going into ball release. Thus he cannot get his arm fully extended at ball release.
You can also see that at ball release his trunk is not square to the target.
* I would also have him stop his glove in front of his trunk rather than letting it come behind. That would help speed up his trunk as well.
Take your time with this stuff and do not stifle his natural throwing action.
I love the way he throws.
It’s refreshing to see someone doing this early…instead of late.
<p>Thank you very much! How often should I let him go out there and throw? He tries to go out there everyday and I am worried about him hurting himself, but he says that his arm never hurts. I have been limiting him to every 3rd day, am I being too protective? thanks again for everything!</p>
I would not limit him. Why? Back in my day, we threw and threw and threw. Today it’s all about pitch counts rather than mechanics.
Rather than just pitching, why not just play catch.
<p>Okay good to know, I will stop babying him so much haha! Thanks</p>
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