Thanks coach. He is 16, 6/2, and 154lbs. He throws consistently 70 and has hit 75. Really want him to hit 80 by January.
Sorry Coach. I hope this works. He used to shift weight better. We will work on your suggestions. He is working with the best trainer in the region for developing lower body functional strength. What exercises should he be completing? I think we may have overcoached him a bit because he is moving slower than he used to. Thanks so much. Lee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9k-OCSQTmk
<p>Thanks Talbani2. Lots to improve on and lots of future success. Thanks again.</p>
Hey Randy. What a good looking kid. B/C of his size I would suggest that you emphasise his athletic development. If he grows matures like he is headed along with your input you have the makings of a D1 kid there. What other sports does he play?
I know Dick and I’m sorry. This is novice video work and next time I post it will be of better quality. What I can say is that he is slowly improving both in velocity and control. Our work is paying off.
We are in Columbia/Lexington/Chapin, SC. Banks was most recently the Head Coach at a large HS in Charleston, SC but has come home to Lexington. I will tell him hello for you!
Thanks Dick. You are right in that the most important thing he can do now is to get over his front leg. Every time he does (his coach has been stressing this) the ball comes out on target and with velocity that requires less effort. He has about 90 days to practice and practice.
BTW the coach we saw this weekend was Banks Faulkner who’s testimony was instrumental in getting me started with you. He and our primary coach are big fans.
Dick have you also heard of landing ever so slightly on either side of the mid-line? This has been suggested to my son by his coach. BTW I believe you suggested drawing his mid-line with his foot as support for remembering to land properly. This has worked well as when he draws his own mid-line, he tends to land better and have better trunk rotation.
Thanks Randy. I think the coach is looking for a way to develop even more trunk rotation. What I have also seen is varios landings on either side of the mid-line to spot the fast ball. My son has been struggling with swivelling and when he does the ball comes out horizontally almost like a cutter. I always appreciate your knowledge and comments.
Dick I also wanted to add that we see a pitching coach once a week and a conditioning coach twice a week. Both are great and are willing to listen to my advice which I obtain from this forum. I have a pitching coach for reinforcement as I found my son would only listen to about 1/2 of what I said and tends to believe a “real” coach more than me.
The conditioning coach was based upon your recommendation as my son did not and still does not move explosively enough. This lack of movement is his nemesis. Size wise he will be bigger than Trevor Bauer and is left handed but he will have to be “developed” just like Trevor. I suspect he is physically like Ryan (he’s 13, 5’10” 125lbs) and a LHP.
I post this for others who might be in the same boat as us as his development seems painfully slow. He is definitely going in the right direction though. I have plans for an intensive video analysis from you and Ryan and when I can afford it a trip to Arizona (Probably later years). What concerns me most right now is after all of this work, he might lose interest if does not make the school team this year. I truly feel a sense of urgency for our program. Just my personal comments. Thanks to all.
The soreness is in the bicep area and I noticed him rotating his arm in a 360 when he felt it between pitches. We shut him down and he was fine shortly thereafter and seems fine now. I would rather err on the side of caution and sometimes I forget these are kids and they tend to whine as well. Could his issue be more of a conditioning one? I will get some video next pen. Thanks,
Thanks Randy for the reminders. This forum continues to reinforce. Thanks again.
Thanks Randy. When you say takes the ball out of his glove what do you mean? In terms of timing he struggles to “square up” at landing but he length of stride is good. I know I probably need to post some video.
Actually I should have said low elbow in my post and I would also like to add another question. Is any level of arm pain or soreness acceptable? Thanks to all.
I am really sorry and it can happen to anyone. Pre-puberty kids are susceptible as are all young pitchers. I am all for the bucket approach as we have the kids field many balls and then make a short throw to first from mid second etc. The good news is he will heal fast!