I will say that Ethan told me that he was trying to throw hard the first day it became sore. Throwing more with his arm. I think he was trying to impress his coach or something and that’s when he injured it… originally. He then stated that he needs to just use his body… I think this kinda scared him but he says he’s starting to feel better, icing 3 times a day and massaging with a tennis ball. I will keep a close eye on the bracing and will post video as I said when we restart only when he has no soreness. Ray Petric
I did not have video of this but will get some when we restart..I know this sounds crazy but my iPhone had problems and had to be wiped out. I will get some when we restart.. But the video from prior had him bracing as we had shortened his stride to 5ft. It just kind of worries me as he has never ever had any shoulder or arm pain ever. Ray Petric
<p>From experience, I’ve had it out with coaches. My rule is don’t touch his mechanics and he gets to do his pre-game stretch/warmup and post stretching. I’ve had the volunteer engineer/pitching coach that walked on at an NAIA school 15yrs ago types seem to want to put their stamp on my kid. (ego). Even when their own kid cannot properly throw a baseball let alone pitch. After trying to be diplomatic I had to put the hammer down and told him not so nicely. Even on a team that they make them static stretch before games and practice my son will just act like he’s doing it, not to cause any kind of fuss.</p> <p>Most all his teams except one have complied and this year I had him on a team that the coach a former AA catcher, he loves my kid and as Dick says his fastball did the talking…. His school team does the same thing… and say whatever you’re doing is working. I’ve already asked the coaches where he’ll go to high school next year and has had state championship teams, do you mess with the mechanics and they replied, if a kid throws hard and throws strikes, we don’t touch him. Make their job easier.</p> <p>I’ve found the volunteer coaches that may have pitched in high school or something are the worst, though lots of them love the towel drill. I did see a coach give one of my kids team-mates a weighted ball. I had to walk away because it was almost too funny. That would be like a basketball player shooting jump shots with a medicine ball to practice 3 pointers. My kid was even laughing as he pointed it out to me.</p> <p>Anyhow, protect your kid, no matter what… may be the difference between a scholarship or not, a draft pick or digging ditches…</p> <p>Ray Petric</p> <p>Elwood, IL</p>
Dick Thanks Again
I’ll post more soon and work on what you told me.
I had him earlier this spring moving without the leg swing where he would tuck his foot back under in line with his back leg and go more direct to plate as he does with a slide step, but he always reverts back, will keep working on it.?? I was wondering on the moving before handbreak as his hip moves out, his head does stays back need to figure out what to say to get him to do that.?? Will work on it.??
Also, enjoyed your story about Ryan and following his dreams.?? I know just what you are talking about and take the same approach of encouragement.
Should work now made them public.
You are right as always as I’ve seen how fast Verlander breaks. I guess this is just getting more explosiveness, which may be a strength issue with him or just having him focus every practice on driving away from the rubber as hard as he can. Ethans arm just always seems cocked at touchdown, so we’re talking 1/5 of a second maybe. He is hitting 70mph now and turned 12 2 weeks ago. He dominates in the innings he pitches, no matter what the competition. By the way I have three parents bringing their son’s to me for help as they’ve seen the improvement in Ethan. I don’t charge them and am kinda flattered. But I’m really trying to fix this with Ethan. It’s just been a major sticking point.
It appears that at the top of their delivery just before they start their hands down that their back leg is not straight yet angling towards the plate and their hip is moving out.
I’m just trying to figure out how to fix this. My sons throwing arm action is very fast when he breaks his hands. He swings his arm so quickly and has always done this. These guys bring their throwing arm up slowly. He can only step so quickly to the plate without rushing his motion. Even when he slide steps it’s up too early. Though it’s only a fraction of a second it.
Should I just have him slow his arm action down?
Thanks Dick, we’ll get on it.
I knew his arm was coming up way too early but didn’t know how too fix it. He makes this big sweeping motion.
I’m also glad you talked about the elbows up first and keeping lead leg and glove back.
So, just to clarify, he needs to actually push harder with his back leg, where now he is just pushing a little and stepping?
I usually do post 2 but this was a game so, I’ll video some this week side and back and work on the changes at the same time.
You are right once again. We’re focusing only on fast movement to plate extending stride 100% and pushing off. There was immediate increase in velocity. He said his legs were real sore this morning. Was throwing 51-52 at home went as high as 56 and most 54-55. Don’t use the gun but once in a while to measure progress.
Keep me on track.
Never mind, after watching the new set of video’s I found the answer to the early arm being more from not having early enough weight shift. I had never seen it explained to start drifting or falling towards the plate as the hands come down.