Hi Coach Mills and dads willing to comment, my 11U son’s coach had the pitchers performing the following action: standing sideways they lean back then they lean forward as they throw the ball, without moving their feet from what I will describe as a sideways horse riding stance. Does this sound like a valuable action for pitchers to perform? And if so, what is being accomplished? I may be completely off, and that’s why I ask and respect your thoughts, but this action seems in conflict with what I’ve read you write about developing a pitcher. If I am not off, then please help me understand why this action is not a valuable action for pitchers. Also, is doing this harmful in anyway? Thank you.
Can you post some video of this?
How far apart are their feet? Are they on a bent front leg? Do they rotate and flex forward?
I assume they are working on shifting their weight back first, breaking their hands and then throwing?
Without really seeing this it’s tough to comment.
Why don’t you just ask the coaches the purpose of this?
Thank you Coach, I will do both.
this is a teaching technique used that you will probably see alot more of around youth programs for developing pitchers.
its a useful isolation for pitchers to help them warm up before games and concentrate and find it great for quickly building functional stability when training in the off and pre-season.
this helps them understand the importance of smooth mechanics with proper timing,weight transfer , trunk flexion ,stability and form to keep there head/eyes level and straight to target with proper follow thru and stress on arm.
usually started off in this sideways stance in lunge position with catcher about 1/4 to 1/3 way up from home plate to start and end up going backwards into full pitching motion as catcher is then at normal distance behind plate.
its just a good isolation exercise to breakdown the mechanics techniques when 1st developing pitchers and helps them transition more comfortably when getting to full motion from start into the landing and finishing at normal speed into game form.
very similar to what coach mills and ryan teach in the breakdown of youth pitching mechanics session.
hope that helps
Ken, thank you, yes this helps a lot. Sorry for the late reply, I just saw your response.
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