[quote author=”Randy” date=”1318861183]
Any thoughts about a kid playing football and baseball once in H.S.? The seasons don’t overlap, at least not here. Once football is over in early Nov., he would begin his pitching conditioning program.[/quote]
Did you ever thank him later? Turns out he was right! 🙂
Thanks, I am trying to do that. He is good at all sports, but his best two are baseball and track. I think baseball and track will be his HS sports, hopefully they do not conflict, our state is looking to go from summer baseball back to spring baseball so that the kids who want to get better can do Legion ball.
Other than helping him with his pitching, I will not be coaching him this year. He tried out and made a select team that has coaches who coached college, HS, and a couple minor league players. He needs to learn the finer points of hitting and playing outfield/SS and that was my reasoning. I did not play HS or college ball and I have taken him about as far as I can.
At the risk of making a fool of myself when there are much more knowledgeable folks on here, here’s what I noticed. If I am wrong please correct me:
1)Arm gets up in throwing position too early
2)Back leg collapses
3)Hip is not leading shoulder
4)He falls off toward 1st base.
5)Too high of a leg lift.
Well, hopefully Dick can clarify. Am I missing something, because I was always taught that at least for the fastball grips, the wrist does not really “cock”, it stays fairly neutral, and the ball spins off the fingertips. The power comes from the leg drive and external trunk rotation…….
Well, the experts will be along shortly. However, I have always believed that it is the grip that makes a changeup a changeup. The grip changes the spin and makes the pitch slower, ideally 5-7 less than the 4 seamer.
My kid is 11 and his hands are not super big yet. However, he uses the “ok” change grip and it works pretty well. Lately his 4 seamer is 61-62mph and he has gotten the changeup at up to -8 (53mph). We are working location but it is coming along, and when he throws it correctly its all but unhittable………:)
Post a video of him pitching and we can all take a crack at it……..:)
It seems to me you are moving slow toward the plate, high leg lift and balance point “pause” before delivery.
You also seem to have a low elbow and your arm slot is almost sidearm.
I am not expert, they will be along shortly to help…….:)
Our club converted part of an old bowling alley in Milwaukee to a year-round facility with 24 hour access. 5 batting cages, 2 mounds, etc. It’s pretty sweet, and open year-round……..:)
Nick is a character. He used to throw batting practice at the end of the camps using the “points system” where kids get discount coupons to the sporting goods store on Paradise Drive……..
He moved his academy a couple years ago from the industrial park. Is is bigger and better?
Seems like Willie is agreeing with Dick about videotaping and the changes? That would be great since few if any folks in our area teach Dick’s system.
Do you guys practice at Nick’s All-Star Academy? My older son went there until our tourny club got our own practice facility and badger Baseball Academy opened about 18 months ago in Gtown.
[quote author=”graftonbaseball” date=”1308686014″]no question. started by teaching my son from the stretch. he throws more accurate from it and will be very good to know in a couple years when defensively they can attempt pick offs.
i introduced the step side this spring and it produces more velocity for him, but less accurate and have been reviewing video as to why. it is pretty clear he is over rotating slightly on as he goes from step back to knee up and then causes his arm to extend back toward the second baseman vs 2nd base which in turn causes his arm to cross his body. i introduced the step back approach last week as an alternate to the step side ways. he now likes it and is getting more control since the first day he did it.
i think we are going to focus on step back with no runners on and stretch with runners on.
he is 10 and consistency is his biggest issue. trying to get him to do the same thing every time is frustrating at times. trying to approach teaching a 9 or 10 year old with a 40 year old view of the world can be taxing 🙂
My son doesn’t do a total step back, he’s at a 45 degree angle. He throws harder from the windup but not always consistent. In our last tournament, he got nervous and changed every other pitch between stretch and windup. I left him alone and he closed out the game. He just turned 9 on May 1st so I am trying very hard not to overcoach him…….
With 9 year olds, the stretch is easiest to teach and get them throwing strikes, less moving parts to confuse them.. Heck, see 12 year olds go from the stretch all the time,e ven if noone;s on base. The windup has more timing involved……..
I am flat out stunned at the all arm pitchers I see. Out of the last two tournaments, I bet I saw 2 or 3 kids with decent mechanics, that’s it! These are 12 year olds!!
If the kid throws hard, coaches leave them alone, even if their arms will be dead in 2-3 years……..:(
I’ll wait for Dick to answer, but I just wanted to say hello. I grew up in Grafton and my parents still live there. I live in Germantown and help coach U9 and U12. Maybe we can keep in touch through PM………