He is using a leg lift. He does NOT get his weight over his back leg. As he gets his leg up the video shows that he is already moving forward. How do I correct this? We’ve talked about it and I’ve shown him the video. However, when we do bullpens at regular speed the video shows he is still moving forward before getting weight over back leg.
What can I do to help him correct this?
My son was sort of swinging his lead foot out and around and turning his foot toward home very early. He ended up throwing across his body and seemed to be very out of balance. I have since put him into the stretch position only. We work on starting with weight over back leg, strdiding staight out onto the mid-line (staying sideways as long as possible) and finishing with a flat back. I’m just stressing those 3 things. It seems to have greatly improved his posture and balance. Simplifying with the stretch only really helped.
Coach- Actually I was thinking of having another video analysis done. I had one done last year and was thinking it might be time to do it again.
Is there any way to post directly to you? I’m not comfortable putting it on the general forum.
I’ve identified 2 problem areas for my 10 year old. Not getting weight over back leg at start and front foot landing to 1st base side of mid-line (he’s lefty). To try and fix this I have him throwing out of the stretch position and emphasizing getting the weight over that back leg and striding/lunging straight down the mid-line (I’ve painted one in the grass). Any other thoughts on what would help? I videotape a session and the problems are still there but he now seems aware of them and the need to correct.
In looking at some practice video I see that there are times when it looks like he does not get all his weight over his back leg completely. He starts his motion with a side step. If he were to start his motion by stepping straight back would this help to make sure he gets his weight back? I have suggested a step back to start but he feels more comfortable going to the side. At times I have to tell him to limit the side step as it seems to be a large step at times. So, would a step straight back to start help?
The practice video consistently shows him leading with his hip. I also get a lot of frame by frame photos of him and he has a good long arm circle. I would say he probably has a stride that is too short. He lands on his heal. I did have a video analysis done by Ryan last fall. What is perplexing is that he typically throws a lot of strikes but every once in a while this pops up. Thanks for the feedback.
Worked with my 10 year old last night on the change up. Stressed a loose, soft grip w/fingers surrounding the ball and a high 5 type release. Worked really well. He could really see when he threw a nice one how much the grip softened the pitch. Thanks for the advice.
Dick- Thank you very much for the specific advice. We went out tonight and worked on it. I told him to work on leading with the hip and striding further. One quick question- what are the signs/symptoms of a pitcher who is overstriding?
I agree but even out of the stretch I want to prevent him from rushing. Also a small step possibly creates a little rythym. But you’re right- we have been focusing on the stretch.
Mark- Just wondering how things our going? Did you stick with the program or make any changes that helped control?
Great- thanks for the info. I appreciate it.
OK- but they do seem to throw pretty hard at this point.
I think that it is natural that it flexes more as you are shifting your weight.
Ok- I didn’t know if it was a common term used. I threw more 3/4 then overhand so maybe that was what he meant. However, as I mentioned, that was just my natural motion. I can’t imagine trying to change the throwing motion into a more overhand one. If anything, sidearm (which I threw to lefties at times) felt more natural.