My son’s LL team was in the quarterfinals of the league tourny. He pitched second, and warmed up with me, and was throwing heat with movement.
After a clean first inning, he fell apart in the 2nd inning he pitched. An infield hit, a bloop over the 2st basemen’s head, a couple walks, and bases loaded. A couple pitches in the dirt and some runs score and he’s mentally toast. The manager decided it was not his day and pulled him.
We lost the game by a couple runs and my son cried in the dugout for about 5 minutes. I got him to re-focus and he played a flawless short and got a couple hits.
He has regressed since last year. Any advice? I was supportive and he snapped out of it a little while later. I guess I could attribute some of it to the basketball camp he has been at all week, 3 hours of drills and scrimmages each day, he might have hit the wall. However, I have never seen him melt down before. He is 10 years old.
I am worried about his mental attitude. In coach’s pitch, he was scolded for hurting the 1st basemen because he literally has a cannon for an arm, and throws would bounce off the 1st basemen’s glove and hit the 1st basemen. This year, the manager of our LL team told him to ease up on his pitching because our best catcher is 9 years old and can’t handle his fastball, which is upper 50’s. Our tournament team doesn’t pitch him because there is a pecking order and he does struggle at times with control. But, when he is on, he has struck out the best hitters at any tourny or game we are in.
I feel like I am getting wrapped up in all of this and am worried about next year. I guess all I can do is be supportive and hope things work out. I plan on getting him to camps and working with him until next year.
Sorry for the long-winded post………
I would not worry about it.
Sometimes those little hits or misplays by the fielders are good learning points on showing him how everything cannot be controlled by the pitcher. It is a team effort. It could be a good learning experience on showing how much poise on the mound is very important.
Even at this age the coach probably did not want to pull him and put another kid in with bases loaded believing that your son could get out of it. Sometimes it works sometimes it does not.
Also the camp had a little to do with him breaking down. He was probably tired and he vented in this way.
Again don’t worry about it or keep harping on it.
my .02… just relax… keep it fun for the kid. Sounds like waaaay too much pressure for a 10 yr old. Cannon of arm or not. Also… he’s going to do alot of growing soon… every growth spurt will mean he’s working with completely different tools…. it can be awkward…
[quote author=”palmbeachtim” date=”1277861356″]my .02… just relax… keep it fun for the kid. Sounds like waaaay too much pressure for a 10 yr old. Cannon of arm or not. Also… he’s going to do alot of growing soon… every growth spurt will mean he’s working with completely different tools…. it can be awkward…
Good advice. He actually is doing well with it. He did not pitch this last weekend but was our cleanup hitter and center fielder. He had 5 RBIs in 2 games, and made 2 unbelievable catches on sinking liners in center, and threw out a kid going to second on a hit to him……….:)
I’m new to the forum but reading some of your posts it sounds like me regarding my 10 year old pitcher. It has been over 5 years since your posts just wondering how it has gone for your son and if you both have learned any insight along the way.
I was in your shoes long ago. My son is in college now. What I learned…every year is a new year. They grow quickly and as they grow, their timing and coordination abilities change. Like financedude said, keep it fun…even when they get older…keep it fun with no pressure. He will put enough pressure on himself…he doesn’t need you to add to it. Mechanics are never perfected, so plant it in your sons brain that this will be a something he will need to work at for however long his BB playing years may be…
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