Hi all, I have a 13 year old son moving up to the 60/90 field this fall. About 12 months ago I purchased some of Dick’s dvd’s and worked a little bit with my son on his mechanics. This spring I definitely saw some improvement but he still has a way to go. I have some links below to a side shot and a from behind shot of him pitching. One thing I know I have to address is that he’s getting his arm up in the throwing position too soon well before landing. Any advice on how to delay that? The one thing that really has me confused is his leg drive as I don’t know if it’s good or not. It doesn’t appear to be collapsing because he’s moving forward it seems to me. He doesn’t appear to be rolling up on the inside of his foot because it looks flat on the mound, but when I compare it to Grienke and Bard it seems like his knee is moving out too far forward. When I look at Grienke and Bard video their right knee looks like it stays back a little more, not sure what to think. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAUKNyZs7yc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tftgGkUgN54 Thanks
<p>His back knee is collapsing inward toward home plate, he rotates way too early that’s why his arm is gettin up so early. He should focus on keeping that knee back towards second base so he has leg stability to drive off of. He has no internal rotation of the hip and his IT bands are really tight if he can’t do this …however I’m sure dick mills could help you extensively more than I can as thei r are many more faults to his motion</p>
1. Doesn’t have all his weight over his back leg to start. Notice at the top of his leg lift with his hands at his chest that his nose is over his front hip…when it should be over his bellybutton
2. At the height of his leg lift when he hands are high, as soon as his hands move down he needs to lean his front hip toward the plate. He has not weight shift before hand break. That is why his arm is getting up too early. In other words by the time he breaks his hands his head has not moved toward the plate so he has not gone anywhere. He is creating no momentum to transfer at landing.
From the back angle:
Yes…he is collapsing the back leg. The knee does not stabilize so it continues to drift out over his back foot toe.
As his elbow starts to extend into ball release he is keeping the ball in close to his head instead of it extending out away from his body.
Make sure he is aware of the proper ball release position.
Also his finish is very unstable falling off toward first base. He needs to know what a proper finish position looks like.
What DVD’s do you have?
The photo shows how his arm should be extended out to the side. His arm looks more like he is trying to control the ball by dart throwing.
He has room for at least another 5-10 mph.
Now is the time to start him on a conditioning program as most kids at this age have a weak core which means they will have a difficult time creating power (collapsing back leg) and then transferring that power so it ends up on the ball.
Fix the beginning as that is what creates the end.
<p>Thanks Dick for the feedback. The DVDs I have are the “scientific fformula for…” last fall and winter I was getting him out of the habit of at the top of leg kick he’d drop straight down into the ground then swing his leg out like a door so as I mentioned I was confused about “collapsing” where as you mentioned this is collapsing towards home plate not into the ground so we’ll definitely work on keeping the knee back and stable. Because he wasn’t rolling up on the side of the foot wasn’t sure if he was collapsing inward or not. As far as the weight on his back leg should he feel the weight evenly through the leg or towards the outside part of the leg? We’ll definitely work on hand break and front hip as well. I know that’s a biggie. As you say getting that beginning right hopefully will help with hi finish as yeah he was definitely falling more off to first base even worse then he usually does as maybe throwing from 60 feet for the first time he was trying to get a little extra and having worse mechanics then he does. </p> <p>Great find on the arm angle as many of times I’ve seen pitches that looked strange and couldnt figure why that was. Thought maybe he was facing the ball to home plate too soon but when you say “throwing darts” that’s exactly what it looks like. One challenge he has is he’s grown so quickly over the past two years and his flexibility seems to have declined. I had him doing the foam roller for a few weeks as he complains about tight hamstrings. You mention strengthening his core and I too thing it’s a good time now that he’s 13. Hopefully doing that would help loosen him up and make him more flexible. </p>
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