I actually thought he was tilting his head and trunk to much toward first base at release point. Is that not the case?
Maybe my eyes are not trained enough yet or just overanalyzing. But please give me your feedback. Here is what I thought, his glove arm action is pushing out toward the third base dugout forcing his shoulders to angle more toward the right handed batters. This then makes his throwing arm go behind his body and gets his fingers under the ball rather than staying on top. His body tries to fix the angle by overcompensating to the first base side at release point, but since his body is now directing all its energy to the first base side he tries to finish with his body centered so he has a chance to throw a strike. I was thinking that the reason he ends up with the throwing hand between the legs was because his glove arm directing the body slightly toward the 3rd base dugout. Let me know if I am just crazy.
Thanks for your help.
He was clocked at 50-53 mph this weekend with bushnell’s radar gun. I am well aware of his short stride and slow body movement. We are pitching from 46 feet. But distance would not effect speed of pitch at point of release. The way the radar gun works is it catches the fastest speed of the ball. So if he throws 50 mph at release and the ball finishes at 42 mph by the time it hits the catchers mitt the pitch is recorded at 50 mph. I believe this is the same way major league pitches are clocked. Some one who throws 98 mph is being clocked at ball release by the time the ball reaches the plate the ball has lost 6 or so mph of velocity.
This kid’s bad habits are difficult to break. I think he is a bit awkward cause he is a very big kid and has trouble getting his body to do what he wants. Should I just work on training this kid physically before I get to pitching with him. Everything I tell him and show him his mind seems to understand cause when we do backwards pitching he hits the positions well. He understands where he has to go but his body keeps failing to produce it in game speed. Any suggestions would help.
Yes we have worked with backward pitching. He understands the movements in backward pitching. His problem seems to be his slow movements, posture, and landing.
He throws hard for his age group but with his size I feel he could easily be getting to around 60mph.
I am triple A member. So I should be able to see it. I was able to view before, just started not being able to…
I would focus on his landing. His landing foot was never stable. Cut the full wind up for now. Just pitch from the stretch. That extra step is just another step for a pitcher to lose balance at this age. I think pitching just from the stretch will help cut some of his mechanical faults. When you fix his landing and cut the full wind up post up a video again and we will see if some of the other mechanical faults will be gone.
As of right now
He is breaking hands to early
He is leaning backwards as he breaks his hands which puts his weight on the outside part of the leg instead of the inner thigh.
His back foot is not parallel to the mound
When his lead foot lands it lands on the side of the foot which is probably why the knee gives when his trunk comes forward
I think a lot of these problems will be fixed when he cuts the extra step and you focus on landing on a stable foot.
Thanks for the comments. Yeah sometimes I try to tell him to many things at once. So for now I should just focus on his landing and finish position.
It’s funny cause i didn’t think he was going to make a good pitcher because in regular throwing he changed his arm slot a lot. He still does in pitching but it has gotten a lot more consistent since he started pitching.
Are there any concerns I should have with the amount of pitching he does as an 8 year old? Right now I let him throw every other day and I bought the arm insurance so that we can do the proper warm up. He complained about elbow pain 2 weeks ago which prompted be to buy it. He did poorly that time and I think it had more to do with a lousy outing than actual arm pain. However he may had been hurting. So should I be pitching him a certain amount of pitches a day? I try to make his outings fairly short for now around 45 pitches a game. With warms up pitches included about 70 pitches total. Is this ok?
I have done backwards pitching with him. I did it with him for about two weeks. Then i worked with him on speeding up his motion. He seems to have a knack for understanding the pitching motion just loses focus easily. He is a very hyper kid with tons of energy so getting him to sit down and listen is a task sometimes. He is a great kid though and very respectful just wants to have fun and play a lot. He doesn’t mind learning when other kids are involved but one on one doesn’t suit him to well.
Should I be doing backwards pitching with him on a daily basis still? How long do you recommend to do backwards pitching?