I purchased all about pitching in 2008 for my youngest who was 8. He really hasn’t been serious about it until the last year or so. I wanted something that would get him to throw with his whole body instead of the arm. I’ve taken alot of comments from coaches and others because he’s been using the momentum wind up. Haven’t yet heard anything good about it. He throws faster with it and not once has he said his arm hurts. I know there’s alot to the mechanics, I’m hoping someone might be able to look at it and tell me what they might adjust first. I’m thinking it’s staying taller at the rubber and not landing on the heel. We’ve been trying to work on same approach wether fastball or change up.
Here is a videos clip of Boaz ,forgot to paste it on the above post. http://youtu.be/GhPmt8QGhyo
Another video with different glove position at start, this was one year ago. http://youtu.be/WJBGoIPRSzU
Going over the head is wasted motion. Start the hands down and move up to the chest during the step back then bring them down to the belt at hand break. Use a push off from the step back leg and when the leg is planted at the rubber get lower so there can be more leg drive. He is staying too tall. He is not getting maximum leg drive and extension during leg drive. The leg stays too bent. He’s landing with a low elbow and it stays low during trunk rotation. His trunk is not level at landing which means he is throwing uphill. You want the throwing shoulder to be positioned above the non-throwing shoulder during trunk rotation in order to gain angular velocity as well as horizontal. He is not far off but is losing momentum and trunk rotation speed. He also starts to pull his glove arm in rather than let it extend out longer which would give his throwing arm elbow more time to get and get his trunk level. What are you guys doing for lower body conditioning? A key factor at this stage of development. Coach Mills
Thank you for the adjustments he will begin to make the changes this week. We were going to start Boaz on the off season conditioning program outlined in your program. What do you recommend? Do you have a newer program than the one I got back in 2008-09?
I would definitely start the conditioning program just the way it is. Coach Mills
Hi Coach MIlls, how does that call in work on Wensdays, since we are in Arizona it starts at 5pm correct? Do I leave a message and you return the call or is it just trying to call in that hour till your not on with someone else?
Call-in on Wed is 4-5 pm Phoenix time. It’s like a talk show – you call in until you get in. There is not message and return call. What everybody needs to remember Arizona does not change their time. So readjust your time to call. Coach Mills
Hi Coach Mills, I was wondering what you would fix first with Boaz. I understood what you said on the previous posts but we have been struggling on which one to start with first. I ve posted three videos from different angles something that I didnt have before. I’m thinking to start with how he takes the ball out of the glove first. We have been trying to get that throwing shoulder highier and keep his body more up right instead of curling in or sandwhiching in. Where we live we are limited with practice facilities and are dependent on the weather to be good so he can throw. He’s been doing the off season conditioning program but, hasn’t been doing alot of throwing. When we do throw we bounce back and forth on what to work on.I’m hoping that you might help us with the 1,2,3 of what to start with…thank Tony. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcVukyfS34c https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcC5wa6DvMQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7taPKpZ2zkE
Tony, 1. not leading with front hip – hip and shoulder move together thus his trunk is too far forward at landing – nose should be over belly-button from start to landing 2. over-striding – back hip and front hip are on the same level – front knee continue to drift forward – have him walk off 5 – 5 1/2 shoe lengths – make that his stride for now so he can manage it and brace up 3. breaks hands too high – not at belt 4. start back leg with some bend – then maintain it – (collapsing right now) 5. Landing across midline – not keeping trunk upright – leaning forward toward third What to do now: Bring his stride in first and make sure he is landing to the first base side of the midline. He will have to stop the forward lean and not collapse his back leg. Then work on weight shift and hand break. Coach Mills
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