Yes Jon is from Va. I do not know what part. He was drafted by the Marlins in the third round as a SS and converted to a pitcher. He was with the Marlins for 5 years. He played last year in the independent league. My boy really likes him and he is very open to new ideas when it comes to pitching.
Hey Tim thanks for the pointers. We have spoken a few times in the past. I live here In Wellington my boy plays for the 11u West Boynton team.
My son is getting ready to go to the AAU championships this summer and I want to have him work on his change up.
I was talking with a coach that we use on or team about pitching and your boys name came up. He knows that I follow coach Mills program. It was all good. The West Boynton team works with coach Jon Fulton.
If you don’t mind can you post the dimensions. What kind of net are you using?
I am no expert but I see the same thing as you. I think it would help if he could keep his front foot moving sideways a little longer.
I am also curious to see what coach Mills has to say.
On another note what are you using behind the plate for you son to throw into? Did you make that yourself? I looks very useful and durable.
That is a great question. There seems to be a lot of different opinions. What would you recommend coach Mills? From working with my son I am having better results lifting the elbow to shoulder height to avoid a low elbow.
My apologies coach, he turned 10 in April.
We have our league playoffs this weekend and he is one of the starting pitchers for our travel team. Today is our bullpen day. Would you recommend not to do the bullpen and wait till Sat. to see how he feels for Sat.
I understand what you are saying about Travel baseball and using a kid up. That is why I follow coach Mills advise.
My boy is 9 and plays on a travel team that plays 11u regular season and 10u for tournaments. I have found that playing LL is not been very helpful and has actually gotten my son to do worst. Kids don’t really want to swing the bat at that level for the most part. It is not much fun to see your son pitch 4 or 5 innings and strike every one out for the most part. Or when a boy hits a routine ground-ball or fly and it is dropped.
On the other hand learning how to hold runners on,pick off runners, knowing not to baulk and managing a game from the mound will only make him better as he gets older.
LL gets all the pub. I would like to see how LL would do against the teams that play real baseball and go to Cooperstown.
coach and members,
Thanks for the advice. I forwarded it to my neighbor. He says that he will not change and that the 3 college coaches that have expressed interest in his son have the same opinion. Sometimes you can lead a horse to water but you can not make him drink it.
Is one of those coaches with the Cardinal organization out of Jupiter , Fl.
Thanks Aaron, Do you know of any one brand in particular that you would recommend.
I am looking for some advise when it comes to coaching your own son. My boy is 9 years old right now. He does not want to listen to any of my advise. Every time I tell him something the attitude comes up and that is the end of practice. He goes to someone for hitting lessons and he is a different boy. I have tried everything with no success. Last night was real bad. I tried to get him to pitch backwards and he tells me that won??….t help him. We talk about mechanics and he responds to me mechanics are not important.
How do you correct their mechanics without reminding him. When he tells me he is doing it right I show him the video and that does not work. I don??….t want to give up on him because I feel he has the ability to pitch. He was the number one ranked boy in our rec. league and also pitches for a travel team that plays 11u. Coach I am not very savy when it comes to the tech stuff. If you can give me any feedback from the attachment it will be greatkly apprecited. I will also make sure my son reads your comments.
To our members does anyone in Palm Beach, Fl knows of a good pitching coach. I am at a point where I feel it would b best if someone else teaches him.
Any advise will be greatly appreciated.
How about doing a few camps a year around the country.
I think it would be a great idea. I also think it would be very beneficial to have Coach Mills, his son and wife have camps around the country. Maybe 3 or 4 times a year like Mike Epstein for example.
Would it be possible for you to post a video of the front arm action that you are referring to.
Thanks for the advise coach. It happens that our head coach just sent us the stats for the first 12 games. He has started in 5 of those games. His stats are Innings pitched 8.33, 53 balls, 78 strikes,6k,6 walks and 1 hb.
The reason I was looking for another pitch coach is because the bigger kids once they time him they are hitting him more than when he played in the 10u division. Where he could get by with just his fast ball.
I will try to post a video. My biggest challenge is trying to get him to lead with his hip and use more of his back leg to push off. I have tried many different thing any advise would be greatly appreciated.