He is also turning and showing his numbers to the batter. The video below is an update to the previous. He worked on his front leg swing, but is still blocked off. It seems the more we work on, the worst he pitches.?? new link.??
The attached video is from today from the back, side, and front. The back is as close to the catcher as I could get without going through the wind net in outfield. I’m not sure what you mean by rotating over his back leg early. I understand opening his front hip early, but I don’t know how to fix it other than tell him to keep his front foot toward third longer. It sounds easier to do than it is not to bend your knee after hand break. Other than looking at the video, can you suggest what he needs to do to fix this. Is there a drill in the mirror? Is he peeling his foot off the rubber to soon?
In this video, he was clocked at 82-83. He has been at 86 several games this season, but I’m sure he was doing the same thing as he is in this video.
On the front arm, does he need to lead with his elbow first instead of his glove and arm extended? Also, is his arm slot good?
I just purchased the “First Pitch Strike” and I am trying the Community Pitching .com and would like to have a phone conference with you and Kyle at your connivence. He is off school this week so anytime will work. We are in the central time zone.
I don’t see the back leg collapse, but i will look closer. I’m not sure what you mean by shifting his back hip over his back knee before starting to shift his weight. Rotating front hip to early? When runners are not on base, his stride is at least his height of 6’1″. I have measured him at 6’6″ in the back yard. He is much quicker and seems to land more flat with a shorter stride with runners on 1st and 2nd. I need to talk to you so I can get this straight soon. He is a senior. If I tell him longer and later, he may slow down. I thought his stride was to long which was causing his foot to reach out.
I did measure his stride in this game footage using his shoe length of 12″ x6.
This is a view from the back same game last week. I see what you mean about his front glove hand. He should lead with his elbow and then extend, or just keep his front shoulder out longer? I don’t see the front hip rotating out early, but is must be if his foot is landing heel first.
Thanks for your input Geoff.
The other thing my son started recently is using a large bucket of rice and exercising his hand down in the rice. He has only done it on several occasions. The tendinitis started before. Do you think that the recent start of pitching a slider could have also attributed to some of the strain?
He actually figured it out last night that when he started throwing the slider is when he started having the problem. He will be shaking that pitch off in the future. He does have a very effective 10/4 curve that makes right handed batters back out of the box with a call strike on first pitch or full count, so I’m not sure why the coach wanted the slider other than another pitch.
He works with Ben McDonald and he has learned a wicked 2 seam fb, along with a very nice 4 sm. His change up is also working well, so he will be dropping the slider.
Thanks for the info.
He doesn’t have short arms, and I here you. They use the olympic size bar. He is working with a warm up with the bar only, 45lbs, 10 reps.
95 lbs 6 reps
135 lbs 6 reps
155 lbs 6 reps
His max at this time is about 220.
We are four games into the season. He has pitched only in one of the games, last friday, 79 pitches. Prior to that, he pitched two innings, about 17 pitches in a Jamboree game a week before. Now that the season has started, he is throwing 1 bullpen a week, with about 25-30 pitches at about 80-90 percent. His coach said 75. He said about 80-90.
He has started throwing a new slider. He also throws a 10-4 curve, which he will sometimes throw on average 2 1/2 per batter, maybe a little less. For now, he is pitching Friday of last week and he will pitch tomorrow, so 7 days.
If he goes in and works out in the weight room two days prior to pitching a game, do you think that would be better? It’s going to be a challenge with the workouts stopping with the coach. Personally, I wish he wouldn’t even play football.
You should have the video by now. Be sure and click on the “large” view at the bottom of the picture. You should be able to download it. It’s a mov file.
He does some minor stretching, movement of shoulders, performs a gradual workup to full speed in the bull pen prior to pitching.
As far as arm exercises, no curls, benching one day a week, no lat pulls, some plyometrics.
I told him today he is going to have to go in two days before pitching and do the necessary upper body workout that the fb coach is requiring. The trainer works directly under our local ortho, who is the team doctor for LSU, and a neighbor of mine. I’m just going to the proper protocols for now, but intend on having him look at him.
I’m in the process of sending you a link via email through my Mobile Me gallery.
Thank you for your help.
Thanks guys, I appreciate your input. I will look it up. My son saw the trainer today, who is very good and he text me and said it’s not a problem, but he is 17, and thinks nothing is a problem. It does concern me because it doesn’t hurt during pitching, but after a game last Friday, (79 pitches) and a bull this Tuesday of only 30 pitches it was hurting a little last night. Looking at his video, he is not short arming the ball. He is following through. I think it has to do with the working two days a week, then pitching the next day or just throwing the ball. The workouts are lower body one day then the upper the next workout. He does have the option of not working out the day before a game, but he does have to make it up that week at 6;30am. This is actually in the lower part of the bicep close to the elbow on the top of the forearm. I believe the labrum is located close to the shourder.
Does you son also play infield? Is he following through his arm across his waist like an infielder?