Dad of 2 boys. Coach a 12U travel team. I’ve been following Coach Mills and Ryan for a couple of years (as an ‘outsider’). I own a couple of the DVDs and feel like I have a pretty good feel for the pitching philosophy. My older son is: 11 years old, 5′ even, 90 pounds, throws 52-55mph His mechanics are solid and healthy. He has Asperger’s Syndrome and sometimes it’s difficult to translate some of the teaching into a framework that makes sense for him. Typically, children with Asperger’s have reduced motor skills. My son is pretty solid at throwing and catching, but has trouble running. Therefore, to prolong playing at a high level, he’s going to have to continue to excel at his pitching because his footwork and fielding are a bit of a liability. Looking to help take things to the next level. I feel he’s got 3-5mph locked in there that we can get to this offseason.
Hi texasbart, My oldest son has Aspergers. He no longer plays sports (Jr in HS) but is a talented singer, scientist etc. He did play LL and tried to pitch. What helped him was: 1) Filming him and letting him see what he was doing – side by side with a player he liked if possible. 2) Finding something else he liked and comparing his movements to it (a rocket launching, race car starting, catapult, sling shot etc.) 3) My experience with kids on the spectrum (mine and others) is they are smart, want to feel smart, and thus want to figure stuff out for themselves. But they do not see the world / situation the way neurotypical people do. Show him the info you want him to see in as many formats as possible (video, print, comparison..) and he will pick the one that makes sense for him – though it may not be your first choice for logical. My son is a singer and he used to hum a cadence to keep his timing – his idea, and it worked.
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