Attached is a video of several sessions that Josh had last year pitching. I have them all just from one angle which I understand is not the best. He was 9 going on 10 here. The previous year he practiced with me after every game but never got to pitch in a game. This video is from the beginning of the season in 2008. For his 1st season he pitched well. He has a strong arm, but we need to work on control as well. I have been going through all the materials and am trying to figure out where to start with him. I have some video tape at different angles from this year that I will also post. Last year he was hitting 50. Again my main concern is to get him throwing consistently so that control will be better and figure out a routine where we do not overuse his arm. I am reading the forums and watching Dick’s video’s nightly, so any suggestions or posts are appreciated.
YouTube – Josh 2008 pitching 1
I was watching my adult son play his league game last friday when a ground ball was hit to the SS. A runner was on first base for a fielders choice. The base ump assumed that the play was going to first and was looking only in that direction. The runner going to 2nd. was actually played on just in time. My wife yelled GOT HIM and the base umpire instantly pivoted completly around and rung him up! Everyone laughed. Kevin
I have been tapeing various pitchers and aside from the usual revelations that you miss without tapeing, I have found that I have become a much better coach, have learned more in a few tapeing sessions than I would have learned in a much longer time without tapeing. I recommend summarizing the plusses and minuses on paper and giving it to the kid or coach. Kevin
What is the best way to stop a ten year old from leaning forward. This makes him throw a little too much side arm. Is there a drill such as a wall drill ? Thanks for any suggestions, Kevin.
After taping a ten yr. old rhp I discovered that he is super rotating his posting leg after landing. The whole right side of his right foot is dragging on the ground, with the toe trying to almost face the backstop with the right side of his foot still on the ground. I cant even do this if I tried. He has very good velocity, and accuracy. His main faults are swinging his lead leg from his right to his left and landing on his heel. Should we try to correct this extreme rotation and is this related to his swinging his leg and landing on his heel or vice versa? Thanks ,Kevin
Dick, I am working with a ten year old who has pretty good mechanics except he swings his leed leg toward 3rd base about 16 inches off line. Also he lands on his heel. Would the 2×4 drill be OK in this situation and is the 2×4 drill OK in general for beginners? Thanks, Kevin
“Johnnie” always cleared everybody out when he would fling his bat to the backstop. I tried what a friend of mine tried. When “johnnie” came up to bat the next time, I called time out in front of everyone and asked if he wanted the “bat tape”. He seemed very puzzled and I explained to him that it was special tape that fastened his wrists to the bat to prevent throwing it. He then backed out of the box and whispered “JUST A LITTLE BIT”. I told him I guess I was out and he nodded , and did not throw the bat again. Kevin
There is a giizmo on the web called the “radar watch ” that does several things. It is basically a stop watch that automatically converts to mph. Also it is a pitch counter. Is a stop watch accurate enough to get good feedback in making progress in velocity? I know it depends on the user a lot ,but I would like to know if anyone has compared them to a real gun. Cost is about $50. Also are the cheap guns worth buying? Thanks ,Kevin
Am working with a 10 yr old beginner who has decent basic mechanics. When should we begin increasing stride length, its fairly short as you would expect. I assume that a very gradual lengthening is best. Thanks, Kevin
I watched the national open arm wrestling toutnament on TV today and the winner of the middle weight division was 50 years old, he won it ,taking down his younger ,stronger opponant in about 1 second. He excelled in technique and mechanics. He knew he was going to win ,there was NO doubt in his mind. There also was NO doubt in his opponants mind who had ” mental momentum. ” Another interesting point: in this “strength” contest the winner did Not use weight lifting in his training regimin! Kevin
Dick,I dont understand how having the fingers off center of the ball adds stress to a pitchers arm. Does the grip effect other things as well? Thanks, Kevin
I have been talking to our new high school baseball coach about starting new young pitchers and thought we should be on the same page on most aspects of pitching. He is of the impression that beginning pitchers should start from the wind up right away, I am not, I think the stretch is more suitable for these very young kids. Any comments about this or any other recomendations for beginners would be appreciated. Also, I would like to know about constructing an indoor mound that can be moved back and forth in the gym. Thanks, Kevin
Hello everyone, I am on the construction -design committe for our schools new baseball field and thought this group would be a good source of information for some do’s and dont’s on making a new baseball field. Any ideas to make it unique , safe and attractive would be appreciated. My Email address is [email]firstname.lastname@example.org[/email] Thank you , Kevin
Joel, His coach says he has slightly slower speed than his other pitchers, we assume he will become a releiver. He has never pitched this way before. Kevin
Dick, My sons college coach wants to turn him into a “submariner”. What will this foreign method of throwing do to his velocity , curve ball, changeup and arm health? Any comments are welcome. Thanks Kevin