[quote author=”graftonbaseball” date=”1308248887″]Sorry… my name is Matt[/quote]
See you there, maybe I can see your kid pitch……..:)
Our U-9 team has the two games before then at the same field, so I’ll see you there.
Coach Scott – U-9 White team
It seems like his arm gets up too early to me………..
Thankfully he seems to have a short memory. Our bullpens are always at 100% intensity. I have him throw a little every other day to stay fresh, particularly when no LL games are played. He threw 65 pitches that day, only 25 were strikes. Strike zone was tight for both teams.
Usually there are tournament rules about that. However, I never pitch the same kid more than twice a day, and only if it was an inning in one game and an inning in another. I think there’s a 60 pitch rule in some league per day.
Our league lowered the innings allowed to 2 from 3 innings per game. More kids pitch and wear and tear is lessened. In order to do well in a tournament, you need 5-6 pitchers. At this age, I define pitchers as those who throw STRIKES, I don’t care how hard they throw for the most part. We have a couple lefties that throw soft but strikes every time, and they are doing well.
One tournament we go to has a 100 pitch limit, no matter how many games the team plays……….
Wow, that was over the top………..:( I would probably look at another academy if possible…….
How about having a buddy take a video of you, post it on here, and let us comment? Sometimes what a pitcher is saying is happening, is not the same as the video shows……….
Man, that sucks!! I know you have been diligent with your son’s arm. So, wehn they get to HS, the coaches just make them throw until their arm falls off? That’s dumb!
I know what you mean. At our last tourny team practice (U12) my son was between stations so one coach started hiting him ground balls in rapid succession. I was coaching another player but I see my son sweating and breathing hard. I asked the coach how many balls he had hit to him. He says, I don’t know about 50!! ALl in less than 4 minutes or so, with a full hard throw!I told my son to take a break get some water, and keep moving around. I told the coach that he can;’t do the same rhythm with one kid as he does with 4 or 5 kids. SOme guys are dangerous!!!
He ends up facing first base instead of a squared up fielding position, so he is “falling off” towards first base…….
I am sure Dick will be along shortly to comment………..:)
[quote author=”powerhouse” date=”1297755794″]I am a certified Epstein instructor and will tell you if you like Dick you will love Mike.
You might already have gotten there by now.
No Epstein guy in my area but I have him going to local guy that is helping a lot. he teaches rotation seems just like Epstein but he is not an Epstein guy. My 11 year old is absolutely smoking the ball, long through the zone and rotating his hips. My 8 year old is not as fluid but is still doing pretty well.
Someday I would like tot ake both of them to an Epstein camp, maybe Chicago area?
[quote author=”DickMills” date=”1297664468″]Russell,
No…just practice. Plus train the brain.
Remember all different locations are different release points. So we must train the brain.
Have you noticed that few major league pichers do a good job of locating a letter high fastball when ahead in the count. Why not? They do not practice them.
Is that called “up the ladder”? I have seen CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee do it a few times. Lincecum just throws that filthy changeup so not him…………
How long is your stride? It seems short, even with a glide-step……
I think we face a little different scenario. Our kids that are on select ball are required to play LL. So, in addition to a full LL schedule, they play about 4-5 tournaments this year. Thus, we face a dilemna, as of course the best pitchers in LL are almost all on the select team. That’s why we are thinking of the a inning one kid scenario………
We have 6 kids that can pitch on our tournament team. In our early games and scrimmages, we are going to pitch one inning a kid and see how it goes. Would it be detrimental to go with that throughout the year if it works? In effect, they would be throwing every day for 2 or 3 days, but not a heavy workload. Thoughts?
I thought that was the case, thanks for clearing that up. I will review the DVDs enough times so I am confortable with showing the correct exercise.
My goal is no sore arms or pulled muscles this year……:)