My 8 year old has been pitching for two years now. Tall, lanky athletic kid. Focusing on longer stride and elbow level with shoulder during touchdown. Throws hard but I think can throw harder. Good accuracy except for some pitches that are thrown into the dirt.
Looking for any mechanical faults that I can fix that may help with velocity.
Also looking for any faults that may cause arm injury. Has had no issues with injury so far. Pitches around 4 innings per week.
Any comments would be appreciated.
One thing I quickly learned from Dick when posting videos is to post the video at full speed. Due to the fact that the speed of a pitcher’s movement to the plate is a key component of Momentum Pitching, a full speed video may show other faults to work on that may be missed when looking at a video in slow motion.
I will encourage you with this – continue working on this pitching program with your son. As he grows and matures, you will not only see improvements in his mechanics, you will also see his velocity increase. I know this for a fact as this is what is happening with my 10 year old son.
Absolutely must have game speed video.
Plus I would highly suggest a back and front view if you want real accurate feedback.
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.
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